Footage for The 90's Election Specials. This tape features an Operation PUSH event, an interview with some members of the National Guard about politics, and finally a Gus Savage event.
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00:11Copy video clip URL An Operation PUSH event is taking place in a large auditorium. Two young girls performing onstage have written a poem encouraging people to vote: “We know if we work together we will make it.”
01:39Copy video clip URL The tape cuts to a panel being taped for Operation PUSH, at which Reverend Willie T. Barrow informs viewers how to find out where to vote.
03:36Copy video clip URL Outside Operation PUSH, a man, Phillip Jackson, describes the event today, “Political Saturday,” where politicians will be lobbying for votes. Jackson is not happy about this, since he thinks that it should be more than a one day campaign. “We don’t seek political and human excellence from our candidates and we don’t get it.”
06:19Copy video clip URL The tape cuts. Artillery units from the the Illinois National Guard doing drills and training in a parking lot. Jones talks to some of the guard members about the election. They don’t like empty promises from politicians.
12:28Copy video clip URL Sheila Jackson packs literature in the back of a car. She supports Bobby Rush for Congress. The tape cuts, and Mary Flowers (running for reelection in the House) says that Chicago is a “pivotal city” and is representative of the rest of the nation.
14:20Copy video clip URL The tape cuts to a Gus Savage rally at the Third Baptist Church on Chicago’s South Side, at which a man onstage, against a red velvet curtain, criticizes a lack of initiative in America, and then recites a poem he wrote called “Dark-Faced Child,” and then raps about the struggle of African Americans.
20:28Copy video clip URL The tape cuts, and a man asks for volunteers for the Savage campaign.
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