Maynard Holbrook Jackson, Jr

Maynard Holbrook Jackson, Jr

Birth
Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Death 23 Jun 2003 (aged 65)
Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Burial Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 7609089 · View Source
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Atlanta Mayor, Social Reformer. A respected politician and political giant who became the first African-American mayor of Atlanta, Georgia in 1974 and one of its most charismatic civic leaders. Maynard Holbrook Jackson, Jr. Born in Dallas, Texas, in 1938, he later moved with his family to Atlanta in 1945 where he became the minister of Atlanta's Friendship Baptist Church. A child prodigy who entered Morehouse College at age 14, he graduated at age 18 in 1956, and struggled at Boston University Law School before dropping out. He then worked as an unemployment claims examiner, sold encyclopedias, then enrolled at North Carolina Central University Law School in Durham in 1961. Gaduating Cum Laude in 1964, his political star ascended in 1968 with an unsuccessful run for the United States Senate against Sen. Herman Talmadge of Georgia. He was later elected the first African-American vice mayor of Atlanta in 1969 and then mayor of Atlanta at the age of 35 in 1973, launching him on a quarter century of political leadership, promising to build "a city of love." He was sworn on January 7, 1974, serving two four year terms. Maynard Jackson's impact as mayor was monumental to the city. He is best remembered among other things for being the architect in the late 1970s for the expanded Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport (and providing many jobs in the process), for fighting for economic opportunity for African-Americans, for developing Atlanta's rapid rail system called MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority), and giving voice to intown neighborhoods and establishing a cultural affairs department. In the eight years after leaving office in 1982, he worked as a bond attorney before being re-elected again as Mayor in 1989. During his final term from (1990 to 1994), he became a prominent spokesman for American cities, serving as president of the National Conference of Democratic Mayors and of the national Black Caucus of Local Elected officials. He was also involved in the early planning for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. He later decided not to seek re-election in 1993 for personal reasons. Maynard Jackson's accomplishments continued after leaving office, becoming chairman and chief executive officer of Jackson Securities Inc. (an investment firm). In 2001 he made an unsuccessful bid to become president of the Democratic National Committee. He died in Arlington, Virginia in 2003 while on a business trip. His funeral in Atlanta was attended by thousands and he was remembered as one of the greatest men to occupy the seat of mayor of Atlanta, because in the estimation of many he helped bring the city to another level and made it a better place.

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  • Originally Created by: Ron Moody
  • Added: 23 Jun 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7609089
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maynard Holbrook Jackson, Jr (23 Mar 1938–23 Jun 2003), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7609089, citing Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .