Interview with Jesse Jackson

The year is 1972 and the convention in Gary, Indiana is being planned for Black politics. REV.


Let me say something about Gary within the context of Montgomery, Birmingham, Atlanta, Selma, Memphis, Gary. Gary was up south, it was up north. Gary was a city where an African American, Richard Hatcher had taken control, had won. I mean Richard Hatcher and Stokes were the first two urban mayors of, of this century. So he had the shift from southern focus to, to the north and you had a mayor who had achieved this. He could have a convention in his city. Ah, there was sense of dynamic all about that. But then there was a question, seven years after Selma, '72, what plans did we have to make Gary and Cleveland happen in Detroit and other cities across this country. So it was a, a great historical moment, a great sense of history, but also a, a sense of independent politics. It was not a democratic party convention. It was not Republican convention. It was a, a Black political convention that, ah, gave strength to, ah, Hispanics and women and workers and all those of who had marched previously in the Civil Rights Movement, they find Gary a certain reference point.