Raw tape for The 90's election specials. This tape covers the 1992 Illinois Senatorial primary between incumbent Alan Dixon, Carol Moseley Braun, and Al Hofeld. A continuation of tape covering Carol Moseley Braun's primary election victory. At McCormick Place Hotel, Braun delivers a victory speech. Prominent activists Timuel Black (1918-) and Rev. Willie T. Barrow (1925-) are among those in attendance.
00:00Copy video clip URL Braun walks around the more private room of her party, and is congratulated by many. People watch the TV for votes coming in.
02:55Copy video clip URL A large crowd of people waits for Braun, and she walks down the center of the crowd, ecstatic, up to a stage. Everyone joyously dances.
05:09Copy video clip URL Braun begins her speech onstage with a large crowd. She is under an arch of balloons and a large campaign banner. She yells, “You are history makers!” The audio is unfortunately choppy. “This is what America is all about.” “When they told us that a woman couldn’t serve in the United States Senate, we told them ‘Wrong-O!'” She then thanks her family.
11:48Copy video clip URL Videomaker Diane Abt walks around and interview guests, including historian and civil rights activist Timuel Black and Chicago alderman John Lee Bingham. Others discuss the historical importance of Braun’s win (there were no minorities in the Senate at the time of her election, and only two women). “Make the Senate look like the United States of America!” “We have now come into the moment where the African American people are going to be heard.”
26:08Copy video clip URL General shots of the party, lots of people hugging and dancing.
29:59Copy video clip URL Braun enters the party again, and dances onstage to chants of “Carol!”
32:20Copy video clip URL Braun begins a second speech, and she has now officially won the Democratic primary. The camera is far away, and much of what she says is inaudible. “This democracy is alive and well and ordinary people can have a voice.” She says that she will begin campaigning for the Senate race right away, and the tape cuts.
36:18Copy video clip URL Reverend Willie T. Barrow of Operation PUSH talks about the historical significance of this election. “If we can do this, we can do anything…. It’s a special night for all women.” She talks about Braun’s experiences with Harold Washington and Jesse Jackson.
42:38Copy video clip URL People dance in lines, but there is no sound during these last two minutes of tape.
44:20Copy video clip URL End of tape.