Kyadondo East singing MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has met with Reverend Jesse L. Jackson Sr, American Civil Rights Movement leader, to draw inspiration for non-violent “people power” movement in Uganda.
Jesse Louis Jackson Sr. is a civil rights activist, Baptist minister, and politician.
He was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988 and served as a shadow U.S. Senator for the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1997.
He worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his assassination in 1968.
Bobi Wine told Rev Jackson that the people he is up against [President Museveni’s regime] draw inspiration from violent movements, which is why they resort to violence at every opportunity.
“As People Power, we draw inspiration and counsel from non-violent movements, which is why we despise and shun violence even when provoked,” Bobi Wine told Rev Jackson.
He said it was, therefore, an absolute honour and pleasure to meet with and hold a discussion with the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson Sr, a towering leader of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, who worked very closely with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in the fight against injustice, poverty and discrimination.
“I told him how we are encouraged by their example to soldier on daily, through trials and tribulations, in our quest for freedom, justice and equal opportunity.”
He added: “It was humbling and uplifting to pray with him, for our country Uganda and the continent of Africa. Such a historic encounter. We shall certainly overcome!”
The non-violence strategy was used by Indian activist Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi who led Indian independence movement against British rule.
Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.
He was assassinated on January 30, 1948, New Delhi, India.