Steve Cobble served as political director for the National Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. He also co-founded Progressive Democrats of America, the organization that started the “draft Bernie” effort, and the first national organization to endorse Sanders for President. Cobble was also Jesse Jackson’s delegate coordinator in 1988.
After beating his Tea Party opponent, establishment conservative Thad Cochran should remember how hard African-Americans fought for the right to vote in the state.
Run down the list of key moments in progressive activism in the the last fifty years, and there is a good chance Jesse Jackson was there.