Keychain, Jesse Jackson Presidential Campaign

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Between 1983 and 1988
metal, plastic, paper
2 13/16 × 1 9/16 × 1/4 in. (7.2 × 3.9 × 0.6 cm)
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Ethel Lois Payne Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Gift of Avis R. Johnson.
This keychain supported Rev. Jesse L. Jackson’s historic runs for president. 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. Suspended on a metal ring, a clear plastic square frames a color photo of Jackson on one side, overlaid with his signature in red. The other side reads “Jesse Jackson for President, Win Jesse Win” in white text on a field of blue, the color of the Democratic party, whose nomination Jackson sought in 1984 and 1988. The keychain 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. Payne collected memorabilia from her fellow Chicagoan’s grassroots campaigns. 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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key chain
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