Interview with Jesse Jackson
QUESTION 20
HENRY HAMPTON:

Your feeling after you delivered Nation Time, the speech? REV.

JESSE JACKSON:

Well, I sensed that I was speaking to the alienation but giving it some sense of direction. I had drawn much of the strength of Nation Time from a poem, ah, ah, written by LeRoi Jones, Amiri Baraka at that time. The sense of people saying, what's happening? Saying, Nothing's happening man. Say, what's really happening? It's nation time, it's time come together. It's time to organize politically. It's time for partnership**. It's time for in the , it is indeed, whether you're in California or Mississippi, it is nation time. And out of that, that speech, ah, many young people around the country began to gravitate toward a sense of national, indeed international consciousness.