Throwback Thursday: Black Leaders Back in the Day

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  • Jesse Jackson Sr., John Lewis, Charles Rangel, Carl Stokes
  • Elijah Cummings
  • Rep. John Lewis
  • James and Emily Clyburn
  • Barbara Lee
  • Karen Bass
  • Robin Kelly
  • Marc Morial
  • Maya Angelou
  • Keith Ellison
  • Bobby Scott
  • Andre Carson
  • Emanuel Cleaver
  • Rep. Gregory Meeks

Those Were the Days, My Friends

It's been a long time since a group of Black leaders has looked so utterly satisfied as Reps. Charlie Rangel and John Lewis, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. and the late Rep. Carl Stokes clearly are feeling here in this 1988 image. And why not? They were for perhaps the first time getting a taste of some serious Black Power — and the best was yet to come. Join BET.com here each week for a new walk down memory lane and don't forget to click on the links for the original stories. Some of the photos will warm your heart, while others may chill your soul. The afros will definitely blow your mind.  — Joyce Jones (@BETpolitichick)

(Photo: The Washington Times /Landov)

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