In 1984, Civil Rights leader Jesse Jackson became the 1st Black man to run for president (the first Black person was actually Shirley Chisolm).
Although he appealed not only to black people, but to feminists, white farmers, and the LBGT community … Jackson failed to gain support from other high-profile Black politicians already entrenched in the Democratic party.
(Pretty much, it was Black folks who held another Black folk back due to self-serving reasons…a common issue Black folks still face today.)
In all, Jackson received 3 million votes and showed that a Black man could, one day, actually become the U.S. President — something most people never thought could be accomplished.
(Ironically, Jackson wasn’t pleased with Barack Obama’s election, but that’s a different story for another day).
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