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Jesse Jackson’s Presidential Campaign (1984)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1984-09-23

Duration: 00:09:58

Subjects: Jackson, Jesse, 1941- | Politics | Elections, 1984 | United States presidential election, 1984 | Democratic Party


  • Hinton, Rob Host
  • Copelin, Sherman Interviewee
  • Jackson, Jesse Speaker


This segment from the September 23, 1984, episode of the series “Folks” features Rob Hinton’s report on Reverend Jesse Jackson’s unsuccessful campaign for the 1984 Democratic presidential nomination. Hinton reports that Jackson, the first major African American presidential candidate, won the 1984 Democratic primary in Louisiana and four other states. He interviews Sherman Copelin, the Louisiana coordinator for Jackson for President, who discusses the significance of Jackson’s campaign. This report also includes highlights of Jackson’s speech at the 1984 Democratic National Convention.