Harry R. Jackson, Jr.

The Sunday before Martin Luther King Day, I traveled to Houston to speak at a rally designed to protest the opening of Planned Parenthood’s largest U.S. facility. Over 10,000 gathered at Grace Community Church, led by Dr. Steve Riggle, for an evening praise and prayer rally. The crowd consisted of 70 percent twenty-somethings and an incredibly, racially diverse group approximately 60 percent white, 30 percent Hispanic, and 10 percent black. On MLK Day a 10,000-plus group gathered at Catholic Charismatic Center in Houston once again for an additional prayer meeting and rally. Unfortunately, only 3,000 of us were allowed to march near the Planned Parenthood facility.

In my opening words, I recounted my family’s civil rights legacy. This legacy includes many elements: a state trooper threatening my father at gunpoint for getting involved in voter registration, his discovery of several men’s lynched bodies hanging from trees as he worked his paper route and the story of a man in his town set on fire and dragged through his town square.

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After sharing that brief glimpse into some of the horrors of my family’s background, I let the audience know that African Americans believe Planned Parenthood, which started with groups like the KKK, continues its targeted genocide focused on blacks and other minorities. Many people are unaware that Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood’s founder, was an ideological soul mate of Hitler - part of what was known as the Eugenics Movement.

I told the group that it was important to grasp the progression of the Eugenics Movement. Margaret Sanger wrote in her first handbook, What Every Boy and Girl Should Know, these ominous words, “It is a vicious cycle; ignorance breeds poverty and poverty breeds ignorance. There is only one cure for both, and that is to stoop breeding these things. Stop bringing to birth children whose inheritance cannot be one of health or intelligence. Stop bringing into the world children whose parents cannot provide for them.”

As the movement grew, Madison Grant (a Yale educated lawyer) wrote a popular book in 1916, which includes the diabolical root concepts, which led to the sterilization of individuals from black and other groups who were deemed to have arrested development or retardation. In The Passing of the Great Race he made the following incredible statements:


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.