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.
The phrase has become so much of a calling card for Jackson that he yells it in a cameo in the movie Undercover Brother.
- A Roosevelt Franklin Elementary School sketch about "Great People" emphasizes kids realizing the greatness in oneself. Written just months after the first broadcast of the Jackson poem, it features the phrase "I Am Somebody" written in chalk on the blackboard.