Yesterday, driving into downtown Los Angeles with my ten-year-old son, it hit me: I was about his age when my mom took me to see a presidential contender speak!
In May 1988, my mom took me out of school to see Jesse Jackson speak at the University of Oregon’s Mac Court. While she wasn’t necessarily a huge fan, she loved the idea of me seeing democracy in action.
I don’t remember one word spoken there at Mac Court. Mostly I remember being surrounded by throngs of people and excited by the rush of their collective energy.
Until yesterday, though, I’d imagined that was the energy of maybe a couple thousand Eugeneans.
Yesterday, searching the web for info on the rally, I was startled to discover the rally was much larger than I realized. Per the L.A. Times, “About 14,000 people turned out last week for Jackson at the University of Oregon in Eugene, one of the biggest crowds he has drawn anywhere in the country.”
Something else about that article leapt out at me, but I’ll get back to that.