Civil Rights Leadership Denounces Election As Illegitimate

December 14, 2000

While the dispute over who will be the next president is over, the anger it engendered endures. African American leaders spoke out at an AFL-CIO rally in Tallahassee decrying the disenfranchisement of African American voters and denouncing the electoral process. Speakers included African American leaders Jesse Jackson and Joseph Lowery. Jackson called for civil disobedience and peaceful nationwide protests leading up to inauguration day and massive voter registration all over the United States.


  • Rev. Jesse Jackson, head of the Rainbow-PUSH Coalition, speaking at an AFL-CIO rally in Tallahasse.
  • Joseph Lowery, President Emeritus of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, speaking at an AFL-CIO rally in Tallahassee.