"I Am - Somebody" is a poem by Reverend Jesse Jackson, which he recited on Sesame Street in 1971. The poem emphasizes the individuality and significance of all people, regardless of size, appearance, race, or economic status. The scene took place on the stoop of 123 Sesame Street, involving a large group of children, who joined in on the "I am somebody" portions together. The full text was included in the book Sesame Street Unpaved.
According to The Reader's Companion to American History, the poem was written as part of push-Excel, a program designed to motivate black students.
The phrase has become so much of a calling card for Jackson that he yells it in a cameo in the movie Undercover Brother.