Election 2016

Jesse Jackson and John Lewis Know What’s at Stake

esquire.comPHILADELPHIA—Things ebb. Flow, and then ebb again.

He was Chicago’s first black community organizer to make a serious run for the presidency. Did it once in ’84. Our Time Has Come! Did it again in ’88. Keep Hope Alive! Finished both races by addressing two Democratic Conventions. In 1984, his campaign put 2 million new voters on the rolls, and the Democrats regained the Senate in 1986.

In 1988, he arrived at the convention with over 1,200 delegates—second only to nominee Michael Dukakis. “Common ground,” Jackson urged from the podium, “That’s the challenge of our party tonight—left wing, right wing. Progress will not come through boundless liberalism nor static conservatism, but at the critical mass of mutual survival—not at boundless liberalism nor static conservatism, but at the critical mass of mutual survival. It takes two wings to fly.” He received eighteen standing ovations.

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