NBC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 24, 1978
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(Studio) Report on Reverend Jesse Jackson, civil rights leader who worked with Martin Luther King.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch
(No location given) Films shown. Background on Jackson, include involvement in and break with Martin Luther King's organization and his founding of Operation PUSH. Jackson's new project, called Excel, detailed and success of it in schools in Chicago, Los Angeles and Kansas City described. [JACKSON - discusses his style. Won't apologize for that.] Jackson's growing political influence noted; his ability to get Vice President Walter Mondale to give closing address at PUSH convention this year and own recent address to GOP ntl. committee mentioned. [JACKSON - notes difference black vote made in 1976 president election and what it could mean in 1980.] Security for Jackson described; is stated that he was with King when King was killed. [Mrs. JACKSON - discusses concerns about husband's safety and how she's learned to cope with it.] Details about Jacksons' home life, in South Shores section of Chicago, given. [JACKSON - says no one can save blacks but themselves.] Recent poll results with regard to Jackson's name recognition among civil rights leaders at present stated.
REPORTER: Gerald Harrington