While many claim that African-Americans in inner cities are plagued by lack of opportunity, Jackson explained there are three indicators that will all but guarantee that children in inner cities today will not be living in poverty when they grow older.
"We know that if people wait until marriage to have children, if they get an education and they actually go to work, even if they start with medial work, we know that if they do those three things, they will not be in poverty," Jackson contended. "We are asking for people to support us in creating an opportunity for them to get out of that environment into a clean healthy environment where they are taught not only the academic disciplines that they need to know, but where they are taught a new sense of what it means to be a human being, a new sense of character."
"Telling young ladies that your body is sacred and you shouldn't be having sex with any guy that comes along and tells you he cares about you, and telling young men they shouldn't be having sex with young ladies and fathering children that you can't then take care of. You ought to be waiting until you get married to have children," Jackson continued.
As Project Awakening is still in its infancy, Jackson explained that churches in at least 20 states are beginning to embrace the proposal.
"We got representation in 20 states and we got leaders in 10, and those leaders are building on the ground," Jackson explained. "If you include all the churches that are involved and all the members who are involved in those churches who are sort of joining in with Ministers Taking a Stand, it would number in the thousands. Our goal is to have representation from every state in the country."