JESSE JACKSON (born October 8, 1941) is an American political activist, Baptist minister and a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988. He is the founder of the organizations that merged to form Rainbow/PUSH. In 1965, he participated in the Selma to Montgomery marches organized by James Bevel, Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders. In 1966, King and Bevel selected Jackson to head the Chicago branch of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s economic arm, Operation Breadbasket. Jackson was in King’s entourage when King was shot.
On November 3, 1983, Jackson announced his campaign for President of the United States. He became the second African American (after Shirley Chisholm) to mount a nationwide campaign for president as a Democrat. In 1988, Jackson again sought the Democratic presidential nomination. Michael Dukakis won the nomination but was handily beaten by George H.W. Bush.
Offering a 3 x 5 card signed by Jackson with his campaign motto, “Keep Hope Alive!” dated 1989. A photo copy of the May 7, 1984, Time Magazine cover entitled “The Jackson Factor Black Pride, White Concerns” is included.
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