Showing His Stuff in Dixie

Jesse Jackson proves he can entice blacks to the polls

From the beginning of his campaign, Jesse Jackson had counted on the primaries below the Mason-Dixon line to show that he could entice historically stay-at-home blacks to the voting booth. Last week in Alabama, Florida and Georgia, Jackson did just that. "Blacks just ran to the polls," said Tyrone Brooks, Jackson's campaign director in Georgia.

Indeed, in Alabama and Georgia, blacks for the first time ever in presidential primaries voted more heavily than whites. In Alabama, where blacks make up 22.5% of the state's registered voters, they were an outsize 35% of its...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!