In 1985 Jessie Jackson came to Tunica County, Mississippi. He proclaimed Tunica, Mississippi to be “America’s Ethiopia”because of its rank as one of the poorest Counties in the United States. As well Jackson went to an area known as Sugar Ditch in Tunica where many poor African Americans were living under the poverty line without indoor plumbing or electricity.
Lights in the Delta. Dir. Molly Blank. UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, 2004.