2005 - March 29: "Keep Hope Alive" Radio Interview With Jesse Jackson PDF Print E-mail

On charity single, "We Are The World":

[…] " 'We Are The World' was a great project. […] Quincy Jones called me on the phone and he asked me to write a song, for the devastation that was going on in Africa, and Ethiopia was hit very badly, and he knew my love for the people over there, because I would go to Africa all the time. I loved the culture, I love the people, I love what they represent. […] It ["We Are The World"] became the biggest selling song single in history and it raised a lot of money. It was called 'USA For Africa', and it heightened public awareness on the subject. It was relief for Africa, it was a beautiful thing. We gave a certain percentage to America and the majority share went to Africa. It was a great, great thing."

On future projects and his fondness for the African continent:

[…] " … Things in society that I want to do in the future. You know, in Africa. I have some great plans, that I’ve been preparing to do there. […] Probably, the tsunami song that we want to do to raise money for. […] Somalia and Madagascar were hit very hard, and they never talk about that, the way they talk about the other countries. My heart is going out for everybody, but at least, when they distribute the truth, distribute it right, and they never talk about the devastation down in Africa, so I wanna do something for that. And of course, I’ve been working on planning a resort that I’m building down in Africa. Beautiful hotels, just a beautiful setting for people and families and something beautiful down there. There are a lot of beautiful places down there. So I want to do something that is more international."

"[…] Because, Jessie, in my heart, deepest of heart, I really love Africa and I love the people of Africa. That’s why, whenever I get the chance, the children and I, we jump on the plane and fly to Africa and we vacation there. I spend more of my vacation in Africa than in any other country. And we love the people and we love the environment. Topographically, one of the most beautiful places on the surface of the Earth. They never show the sandy white sugar beaches, and it’s there! And they never show the beautiful landscaping, never show the buildings, the metropolis and urban – Johannesburg, Cape Town, Kenya, the Ivory Coast, you know, Rwanda, how beautiful the place is! And it’s really stunningly beautiful! And I want to heighten that awareness with what I’m doing and it’s been my dream for many, many years. And everybody around me knows that, because I go there very much. […] And it is the dawn of civilization. The history, a lot of our Bible history is right there in Africa. And King Tut, all those great civilizations – that is right there in Africa. Egypt is in Africa! […]”

On where he draws his strength from:

“I gain strength from God. I believe in God, very much. And I gain strength from the fact that I know that I am innocent.  None of these stories are true. They are totally fabricated.  It's very sad and it's very, very painful.  I pray a lot and that's how I deal with it.  I'm a strong person. I'm a warrior, and I know what is inside of me. I'm a fighter, but it's very painful and at the end of the day, I'm still human, you know? I'm still a human being, so it does hurt very, very, very much. Know, in the end, I'll be vindicated, I pray, because I know the truth.  I am an innocent person and I believe in God and love God."

On his message to his fans and supporters:

“I just wanna say: fans in every corner of the Earth, every nationality, every race, every language, I love you from the bottom of my heart. You know, thank you for your love and support and understanding during this trying time. I would love your prayers, and your goodwill. Ah, and… please be patient and be with me and believe in me because I am completely, completely innocent. But please know a lot of conspiracy is going on at this time as we speak.”