Pinback Button, Jesse Jackson Presidential Campaign
- Between 1983 and 1984
- metal, plastic, paper
- 1/4 × 2 3/16 in. (0.6 × 5.5 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 run nationally for a major party’s nomination in a presidential primary. The white-and-blue button’s message matches its simple design: “Jesse Cares.” 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. A lifelong civil rights activist, Payne 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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