Former Mayor, Jackson Believed, “A leader must set an example for others to follow”.

As we enter February, Black History month, let’s give honor in memory to Atlanta’s first Black Mayor, Maynard Holbrook Jackson, Jr. who in 1969 changed the history of politics in Atlanta. Politics seemed to come naturally to Maynard, his father was a graduate of Morehouse College and pastor of Friendship Baptist Church. Before moving his family from Dallas, Texas, to Atlanta Rev Jackson founded a voter registration league for blacks in Dallas and was the first black to run for the Dallas school board. Maynard’s maternal grandfather, John Wesley Dobbs, was for decades an early civil rights activist and pioneer in voter registration and was the founder of the Georgia Voter’s league back in 1935 (Now the American Voter’s League) and was Grand Master of the Prince Hall Masons of Georgia. 

Mr. Dobbs was a bold and outspoken civic leader (take a drive down the street named after him in Atlanta) his steely efforts to encourage black voter registration would fortuitously pave the way for his grandson to seize political office decades later in a landmark victory that would subsequently change the face of history.

It has been said that Maynard Jackson created more black millionaires than anyone in America. He did it by making economic equity for African Americans one of his primary goals as mayor of Atlanta and refused to complete the new construction of Atlanta’s airport without minority participation (including women). The lasting example of his commitment is visible in the current standing Maynard Jackson International Atlanta Airport site and the addition of his name to the title of one of the busiest airports in the world – the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. 

Even as he enjoyed his business success Maynard never forgot those who continue to struggle simply to be given a chance. “A leader must set an example for others to follow, especially in assuring equal justice and equal economic opportunity to African Americans, Latinos, other minorities and women, all of whom are legally, ethically and morally entitled to it,” he told the Butler Street YMCA Hungry Club in a speech on Feb. 19, 2003.  The need for collective, positive struggle still is critical today. In the business world where many set their sights only on enriching themselves, Maynard Holbrook Jackson, Jr., was a leader. He set an example and never stopped fighting for equal economic opportunity for all in the Atlanta communities he served. Story By Geraldine (Gerri Elder, Former Chief of Staff to The Honorable Mayor, Maynard H. Jackson, Jr., and NPUR resident. Photo credit: Cision PR Web.

Boss Up, we must find and mentor leaders that care about us, The People. We need leaders who will work on our behalf. They say they will while on the campaign trail and as soon as they are elected they forget all that they campaign about and often betray us.

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The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves. Ray Kroc

Follow Up To; Leah LaRue, Department of City Planning And The Need To Lean In…

Last month I wrote to City Hall regarding the chairs of NPU-R and Leah LaRue’s astounding ability to turn her head and allow the chairs of NPU-R to run amuck and offer no leadership to the members of NPU-R. I was told that DCP did not intend to levy me with so many responsibilities however they neglected, to tell me. It makes you wonder who is running DCP and NPU’s and exactly what kind of experience one should have to do these jobs and if they need to be able to work on behalf of everyone, not just some of the people.

The close-out was completed on my end as the fiscal agent and project manager and the remaining funds of $856.68 from the grant that was returned and will arrive at City Hall this week.

Below is how the NPU-R 2022 Community Grant was spent.

Despite the lack of leadership, we were able to accomplish a new set of ByLaws for 2023. A new logo and branding for NPU-R, (as pictured) and purchased branded merchandise to give to neighbors, organizations, and businesses. We created some great business opportunities by partnering with local businesses for Community Engagement Meet Ups, We launched ACE Warriors the Atlanta NPU’s, Teen Program, ACE Warriors Atlanta Clean Energy Youth Ambassadors, visit their page and see what our future leaders are doing to change the earth and Atlanta.

Most of the funds were spent on engaging the community and branded merchandise for the residents in NPUR neighborhoods. Come out participate and get involved with your NPU’s, No Matter, how poorly they are running. Typically this type of behavior is usually supported from the top down. Thank you to @coribush, I like how you show up.

Use your voice and skills, fearlessly to make the changes you want in your community, there will always be chaos when people and money are involved but there are ways to lessen that, too.



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