[Jesse Jackson endorses Mel King for mayor, tape 1 of 2]
Original Airdate: 10/6/1983
Item Type: newstape - original footage
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Description : Abstract
Campaigners hold campaign signs for Mel King in English, Chinese, Spanish. They sell T-shirts and caps outside of the Concord Baptist Church in the South End. Mel King (candidate for Mayor of Boston) and Jesse Jackson (African American political leader) arrive at the church to address a Rainbow Coalition press conference. King introduces Jackson as "country preacher." Jackson talks about the civil rights movement, and reviews 20 years of progress toward freedom in the US. Jackson commends King for his record and endorses him for mayor of Boston. Jackson says that voting irregularities are still a problem in the US; that the Voting Rights Act must be vigorously enforced. King presents Jackson with a copy of his book, Chain of Change. In response to audience questions, Jackson states that his goals are to achieve parity and to fight Ronald Reagan (US President). Jackson talks about the Democratic Party and says that he is considering a run for the presidency. Jackson discusses Boston's reputation as a racist city, and says that King's canididacy is a "high point" in the history of African Americans in the city. Tape 1 of 2.
Subject : Keywords
African American politicians
African Americans - Civil rights
Electioneering (Political campaigns)
Subject : Personal Names
Subject : Corporate Names (Organization names)
Concord Baptist Church
Subject : Geographic Locations
South End (Boston, Mass.)
Type : Genre
News - Unedited
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