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        Jesse Jackson | 16 for '16 - The Contenders

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

        Learn more about Jackson with the resources below, including timelines, video clips, a full program, and support materials.

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        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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        Jesse Jackson: Episode

        Jesse Jackson's powerful message and oratory electrified the party faithful during his addresses at both the 1984 and 1988 conventions, and his pioneering campaign paved the way for Barack Obama’s groundbreaking 2008 candidacy.

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