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    MacDaffy, Nowhere Man

    well, human beings.

    Jackson's place in history came kinda accidentally.  As student body president at NC A&T, he led sit-ins in Greensboro, no doubt finding a movement and stepping in front of it to lead it.  Which led to a theological degree and further involvement in the civil rights movement.

    After the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., all of King's "lieutenants" took active roles in the continuing struggle with Jackson becoming a national figure with his "I...am...somebody" campaign.

    Back in the early 1970s when white Southern politicians and "progressive" Chambers of Commerce could be embarrassed (or shamed), Jackson came back to his hometown Greenville SC with a well-publicized "homecoming" rally at the Grenville Memorial Auditorium--the largest venue in town at the time.  He spoke to a standing room only crowd and announced a number of things that he was working on in Greenville, most notably convincing the media to hire African-American print and TV reporters.  Several token hires (and they turned out to be good ones) occurred before he left town.

    People who succeed at big things often have huge egos and the hubris that goes with it.  And it eventually trips them up.

    It's very easy to succumb to a halo effect when looking at leaders like Jackson.  And to a reverse halo effect when there is a serious misstep.

    Would that we judge ourselves the same way.

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    by TarheelDem on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 12:08:39 PM PDT

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