Harry R. Jackson, Jr.

“There are a lot of people who say that you (Harry Jackson) are a front man for national conservative groups,” is the statement several reporters have made before they asked the big question. “Who is really paying for the same-sex marriage campaign being waged against the DC City Council?”

Several of the reporters called my PR firm an “expensive, GOP political campaign firm that has masterminded several conservative victories.” Although my firm is very expensive, I was shocked that they did not know that my current PR firm helped me promote the book I co-authored with Tony Perkins (Personal Faith, Public Policy) and that they did a fabulous job in helping us on various projects for the past four years.

Liberal writers and political hacks in DC revealed early in this struggle the disregard and lack of respect they have for black clergy through their very racist, liberal assumptions. The first assumption was that black ministers other than Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, or Michael Eric Dyson are not sophisticated enough to engage the media in a professional manner. It’s as though they were saying, “We know that you are not smart enough to develop such a strong strategy on your own.” In addition they were saying, “We own the black voters in this region; they are on our political plantation. How dare you free them from their mental chains!”

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My detractors failed to realize that I am a MBA graduate of Harvard Business School, author or co-author of seven books, and that I lead an organization with a multi-million dollar annual income and a huge net fund balance. While we are hardly rich and powerful by the billion dollar standards of the media today, my internal leadership team does have a minimal level of awareness of how to get a message out effectively. The message, “Say No to Same-sex Marriage!” has resonated with DC residents from 13 years old and up who feel as though they were disenfranchised by a pretentious, arrogant group that have claimed media control in our city. The media protests demonstrate the effectiveness we have had in cultivating an awareness of the issue at hand.


Harry R. Jackson, Jr.

Bishop Harry Jackson is chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition and senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, MD, and co-authored, Personal Faith, Public Policy [FrontLine; March 2008] with Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.