Pinback Button, Jesse Jackson Presidential Campaign

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metal, plastic, paper
1/4 × 2 15/16 in. (0.6 × 7.5 cm)
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Ethel Lois Payne Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Gift of Avis R. Johnson.
This pinback button supported Rev. Jesse L. Jackson’s historic run for president in 1983-1984. Jackson broke ground first trod by Shirley Chisolm, becoming the second African American to seek a major party’s nomination in a presidential primary, which he repeated four years later in another run for the Democratic nomination. Around the color photo of the candidate is text in the red, black, and green of the Pan-African flag, a symbol of Black liberation. The button belonged to journalist Ethel L. Payne (1911-1991), a Chicago native who moved to the nation’s capital in 1952 to cover national and international news for the preeminent African American newspaper, The Chicago Defender. The lifelong civil rights activist reported from thirty countries over the course of her own pioneering career, becoming known as the First Lady of the Black Press.
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