Twenty years ago today, June 23, 2003, the first Black mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, Maynard Jackson, passed away at age 65. Born on March 23, 1938, in Dallas, Texas, Jackson served three non-consecutive terms from 1974 to 1982, and again from 1990 to 1994.
Jackson, known for his efforts to increase minority representation in government contracts, made significant strides in economic growth within the city.
His leadership played a crucial role in transforming Atlanta into a major economic hub, and the success of Atlanta today is due to the work of Jackson and his administration.
Jackson’s legacy continues to inspire generations of aspiring leaders, highlighting the importance of diversity, equity, and social progress in shaping our communities.