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Published on Feb 13, 2009
Jesse Jackson may have lead the way for Barack Obama when he ran for president in 1988. In this part 1 of 8 parts here on YouTube, his address to the delegates is preceded by the Jackson Campaign Film, that attempts to highlight the roots of the country's political situation. Jackson received over 1,200 delegates in his effort to be nominated, and placed 2nd after Michael Dukakis. That year, Jackson was described as the "soul" of the Democratic Party but was not given a chance to speak until almost midnight thereby missing his opportunity to reach the millions who were watching earlier. Very few people have heard or seen this speech.
I replaced the voice of Ray Charles singing "America The Beautiful" in the film (due to an ownership complaint when I posted this clip initially), with the voice of Wintley Phipps, who actually sang the song in the hall after Jackson's speech. I was also asked to remove Jackson Brownes song, Lives in the Balance. Instead of leaving silence I deleted the films segment that showed world unrest and violence.
Please note: In July 2009, YouTube reconsidered and restored the audio on the original version of this video. By watching it you can see the parts I deleted from this version of the clip: the documentary section that featured the voice of Jackson Browne singing Lives in the Balance and the voice of Ray Charles at the end. The title of the original clip on YouTube is this: Jesse Jackson's 1988 Presidential Campaign Film.
Ive broken the speech up into 8 parts so you can see the entire speech.