SOUTH AFRICA: Noble Son

Jesse's message of pride

The imposing, athletic black man wearing a red, white and blue track suit and white sneakers looked like a touring pro basketball star, but the crowds knew better. Instantly recognizing their visitor as the Rev. Jesse Jackson, black Africans reached out to touch the American civil leader as he made his way among the shacks and shanties that are home to more than 1 million people in the black township of Soweto, near Johannesburg. Earlier, Jackson had addressed a group of residents at Crossroads, a famed squatter community on the outskirts...

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