Closer Look: Maynard Jackson, Jr., Atlanta’s First African-American Mayor

(Top left) Maynard and Valerie Jackson greet Vice President Walter Mondale in Atlanta on Jan. 5, 1978.; (Center) Jackson pictured in 1968; (Top right) Nelson Mandela and Jackson salute beside Coretta Scott King, in Atlanta on June 27, 1990; (Center left) Jackson gives thumbs-up signs at a Tokyo hotel in 1990 when Atlanta won a bid to host the 1996 Olympics; (Center right) President Jimmy Carter greets Jackson, at the White House, Friday, Jan. 21, 1977; (Bottom left) Jackson with Coretta Scott King in 1980 to commemorate Dr. King's 51st birthday;(Bottom right) Andrew Young (left), talks to the election night crowd at his headquarters, Oct. 28, 1981 in Atlanta. Also pictured: the Rev. J.W. Lowery, A. Reginald Eaves, Jackson and Valerie Jackson.
(Top left) Maynard and Valerie Jackson greet Vice President Walter Mondale in Atlanta on Jan. 5, 1978.; (Center) Jackson pictured in 1968; (Top right) Nelson Mandela and Jackson salute beside Coretta Scott King, in Atlanta on June 27, 1990; (Center left) Jackson gives thumbs-up signs at a Tokyo hotel in 1990 when Atlanta won a bid to host the 1996 Olympics; (Center right) President Jimmy Carter greets Jackson, at the White House, Friday, Jan. 21, 1977; (Bottom left) Jackson with Coretta Scott King in 1980 to commemorate Dr. King's 51st birthday;(Bottom right) Andrew Young (left), talks to the election night crowd at his headquarters, Oct. 28, 1981 in Atlanta. Also pictured: the Rev. J.W. Lowery, A. Reginald Eaves, Jackson and Valerie Jackson.
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Thursday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: In 1973, Maynard Holbrook Jackson, Jr. was elected as the first African American mayor of Atlanta — and of any major southern city. This historic moment was viewed to be a turning point for black Atlantans. We speak with Michael Langford, regional vice president of the WestCare Foundation, about Jackson’s efforts to bring equity and equality to the city.
  • 16:58: Former First Lady of Atlanta Valerie Jackson talks about her late husband, shares personal stories, and discusses Jackson’s connections with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Valerie Jackson, pictured in March, shared personal stories about her late husband’s life and his connection to Dr. King. Photo Credit: Emilia Brock
  • 39:30: Maynard Jackson’s family was the driving force behind “Maynard,” an award-winning documentary released this year. Maynard Jackson III and Wendy Jackson join us in studio to share their stories of Jackson’s life and legacy.
(Left to Right) Maynard Jackson III, Wendy Jackson and Michael Langford, regional vice president of the WestCare Foundation, talk about the life and legacy of Maynard Jackson, Jr., the first African-American mayor of Atlanta. Photo credit: Emilia Brock

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock and Grace Walker.