Michael Jackson + Jesse Jackson – Sammy Davis Jr 60th Anniversary Celebration – 1990


LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,
REVEREND JESSE JACKSON.
THIS IS A TREMENDOUS
MOMENT… IN HISTORY PREGNANT
WITH SO MUCH HOPE TONIGHT. WALLS HAVE
BEEN TUMBLING DOWN IN POLAND, HUNGARY,
BERLIN, NAMIBIA, NEW YORK, VIRGINIA. PEOPLE ARE CROSSING. PEOPLE ARE CROSSING
ANCIENT BOUNDARIES OF RACE AND SEX
AND RELIGION TO AFFIRM THE ONENESS
OF THE HUMAN RACE. NONE OF THESE WALLS
FELL DOWN BECAUSE OF CORROSION…
OR INEVITABILITY, BUT BECAUSE OF
THE PERSISTENCE OF PEOPLE WHO CHIPPED AWAY, WHO RISKED THEIR LIVES
AND CAREERS, EVEN WHEN THEIR FELLOW MEN
DID NOT UNDERSTAND. SAMMY DAVIS JR. HAS BEEN
CHIPPING AWAY AT THAT WALL, BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS, SEEKING TO FIND
THAT SPOT ON THE COMPASS IN THE AFFAIRS
OF HUMAN HISTORY WHERE LIONS AND LAMBS
LIE TOGETHER AND NEITHER
WOULD BE AFRAID, AND THEY COULD SAY
THEY’LL WAR NO MORE AND BEAT THEIR SWORDS
INTO PLOWSHARES AND THEIR SPEARS
INTO PRUNING HOOKS. TO DO SO, SAMMY, TO PLAY SUCH A ROLE REQUIRES A PERSEVERANCE
OF EXTRAORDINARY CHARACTER. TO YOU, SAMMY. SUFFERING BREEDS CHARACTER,
AND CHARACTER BREEDS FAITH, AND IN THE END,
FAITH AND HOPE WILL PREVAIL. DR. KING
AND THE HOST OF HEAVEN SMILES UPON YOU TONIGHT. YOU’VE NEVER LET US DOWN, AND WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH. KEEP HOPE ALIVE.
LOVE YOU. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] [MUSIC PLAYS] ♪ YOU WERE THERE
BEFORE WE CAME ♪ ♪ YOU TOOK THE HURT ♪ ♪ YOU TOOK THE SHAME ♪ ♪ THEY BUILT THE WALLS
TO BLOCK YOUR WAY ♪ ♪ YOU BEAT THEM DOWN ♪ ♪ YOU WON THE DAY ♪ ♪ IT WASN’T RIGHT ♪ ♪ IT WASN’T FAIR ♪ ♪ YOU TAUGHT THEM ALL ♪ ♪ YOU MADE THEM CARE ♪ ♪ YES, YOU WERE THERE ♪ ♪ AND THANKS TO YOU ♪ ♪ THERE’S NOW A DOOR ♪ ♪ WE ALL WALK THROUGH ♪ ♪ AND WE ARE HERE ♪ ♪ FOR ALL TO SEE ♪ ♪ TO BE THE BEST ♪ ♪ THAT WE CAN BE ♪ ♪ YES, I AM HERE ♪ ♪ ‘CAUSE ♪ ♪ YOU ♪ ♪ WERE ♪ ♪ THERE ♪♪

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