Blacks in Politics, Part 1
Courtesy of the Library of Congress
Jesse Jackson has been a consistent leader in the civil rights and political worlds for over forty years. Beginning in the 1960s Jackson has been an outspoken advocate for the rights of African Americans and other minorities. Jackson has run for the president of the United States on two occasions, once in 1984 and again in 1988. Jackson did not win the Democratic Party nomination in either bid for president but he invigorated the campaign with his impassioned oration and his ability to draw out minority voters. Many citizens who had not voted in previous elections came out to show their support and Jackson received 3.5 million votes, 21 percent of the primary vote. Jesse Jackson's involvement in the presidential races of 1984 and 1988 secured his place as one of the most well-known African American leaders in America.