Jesse Wesley Williams was born on August 5, 1981 in Chicago, Illinois and is an American activist, actor and model. Williams graduated with a double major in Film and Media Art and African American Studies from Temple University and went on to teach in public high schools in Philadelphia for six years. Williams is most popularly known for his role as Dr. Jackson Avery on ABC Television’s Grey’s Anatomy. However, Williams utilizes his platform and audience to discuss important issues of race, sex, and self-appreciation and motivation towards reaching one’s goals. This list is comprised of 10 Jesse Williams quotes that he has ever said which are aligned to empower you.
1.) “Just because we’re magic, does not mean we’re not real.”
2.) “This is a different generation. We’re not categorized by these old-school black-and-white tropes that are just not relevant in today’s society. But yet and still we keep pulling from.”
3.) “We often grow up being told we can do this or that, but if you don’t see anybody that looks like you, you don’t believe you can do it. But I had great teachers, and I wanted to BE a great teacher.”
4.) “The existence of your neighbor’s pain is not dependent upon your belief in it. And we cannot improve a situation that we don’t acknowledge. Learning from patterns is both basic and critical to the progress of human ‘civilization’.”
5.) “The reaction to oppression has always been spun & marketed as validation for the status quo.”
6.) “Storytelling is based on the word, being an honorable person of integrity is based on your word.”
7.) “Blackness is like the big screen, it adds 10-100lbs, a gun and a carefully crafted script seen only through the eyes of the white hero.”
8.) “We should all have the opportunity to at least get a basic education and feel that you are worthy of something in life.”
9.) “That’s why the role I have on Grey’s Anatomy is important to me, because it’s a human being. He doesn’t have to wear race on his sleeve; he doesn’t even have to talk about it. We just lead by our actions.”
10.) “We as men, in particular black men, are constantly supported, nurtured, forgiven, apologized for, led, followed and coddled by black women, and they get very little in return.”
Author: Sarah Pouramn
Sarah Pouramn lives in Toronto and resides in Waterloo when she is attending university. She works with Habitat for Humanity as a builder and as an Executive Events Coordinator and believes that everyone deserves a fair shot at their goals. Sarah also works with The Community Edition, a Waterloo Region newspaper, as the Social Media Editor. Follow Sarah on Twitter @itsmesarahpea and on Instagram @sarahpouramn.