Maynard Jackson, RIPgreenspun.com : LUSENET : A.M.E. Today Discussion : One Thread
The announcement about the passing of Maynard Jackson earlier this week represents a great loss not only for Atlanta, GA but for the nation as a whole. A child prodigy (Morehouse grad at 18 & ATL Mayor @ 35) and skillful politician, Jackson was instrumental in making the ATL the "black Mecca" of the South. His accomplishments as Atlanta's first black mayor are far too vast to even summarize in this note. Suffice it say, Mayor Jackson was fully committed towards the economomic integration of all Atlantans in the wealth creation and distribution activities for the New South. Several years ago Jackson was thought to have the inside track in becoming the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He should have been the Chairman of the DNC but thanks to America's "First Black President" and his charming wife they thought differently and wanted loyalist Terry McAuliffe in this position. Considering the mid-term elections rout of Democrats in November 2002 you would think that Jackson couldn't have done any worse than the alleged "smart man", Mr. McAuliffe. But, I digress. I regret I will not be in Atlanta for the funeral since I understand that one of the truly great preachers of our era will be providing the eulogy, Rev. Otis Moss, Jr. of Mt. Olivet Instituional Baptist Church of Cleveland, Ohio. To God Be The Glory!! QED
-- Anonymous, June 26, 2003
Brother Jackson's passing will surely create a void within the leadership of the African American Community. He will be missed.
-- Anonymous, June 27, 2003