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        Jesse Jackson | The Contenders - 16 for '16

        In 1988, right about the time young Barack Obama was getting ready for Harvard Law School, Jesse Louis Jackson made a daring run for president. It was Jackson’s second time around the track. What few people now remember is that he was the front-runner for the Democratic nomination. 

        Jesse Jackson: Interactive Timeline

        Click the image to use the interactive timeline and learn about Jesse Jackson--the civil rights leader whose mantra was “I Am Somebody!”

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        Jesse Jackson: The Origins of Jesse Jackson

        Learn more about Jesse Jackson's origins as a political activist in this clip from "The Contenders."

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        Jesse Jackson: Jackson and the Body Watch

        Learn more about the threat of violence during Jackson's campaign in this clip from "The Contenders."

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        Jesse Jackson: Paving the Way

        Learn more about how Jesse Jackson paved the way for Barack Obama in this clip from "The Contenders."

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