Maynard Holbrook Jackson, Jr. (March 23, 1938 – June 23, 2003).
I first met the Honorable Mayor Jackson in the fall of 1976. He was already the mayor of Atlanta, I was a young transplant from New York City. The last time I spoke with “hizzoner” was in Memphis, TN in the late 90′s.
Impressive is an understatement. In a class all his own. Driven by his own rules and traveling his own course. His biography is easy to find, but his passion for his city and power in his speech are things that people have to describe. He seemed to be on a mission. You know the type. The person that has the energy of a salesman every time you see him. The consummate visionary. You felt as if he had a vision, and his purpose for at least that moment was to share that vision with you.
MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) is running, the most traveled airport in the world was expanded and serves millions of travellers a year. But more importantly he set a tone. The bar was set high. Leadership was obvious during the Jackson administrations. His three non-consecutive terms as mayor were a tribute to him. A sign. some folks just didn’t think things were going quite right without Mr. Mayor at the helm.
When you see and feel leadership that was on display (1974-1982, 1990-1994) you either step aside or “step up” your game!