Thursday October 22, 2020

America has chosen a man of exceptional calibre

Days after the 2008 election of Barack Obama as US president, Browne looks at the historical meaning of his victory on a wave of optimism.

30th July, 2017
Barack Obama on stage with his wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia on an election night victory rally in Chicago in November 2008 Pic: Getty

Jesse Jackson was with Martin Luther King in Selma, Alabama, on one of the early civil rights marches to the state’s capital, Montgomery, in 1965. He was with King on the day of the “I have a dream” speech, on the day of the “I have been to the mountaintop” speech, and the day after, when King was murdered in Memphis, Tennessee.

He had a fractured relationship with some people...

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