Maynard Jackson III, Gary Pomerantz and Ivan Allen IV

Let’s honor Atlanta with statues of Ivan Allen Jr. and Maynard Jackson at Peachtree and Sweet Auburn

Before leaving office, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced in late November that a statue of boxer Evander Holyfield would be placed near Woodruff Park at Peachtree and Auburn Avenue.

With all due respect to Holyfield, Woodruff Park is the wrong spot to honor the boxer, who fought Bert Cooper on Nov. 21, 1991 at the now demolished Omni Coliseum – the site of Philips Arena.

Maynard Jackson III and Wendy Eley Jackson

‘MAYNARD’ documentary trailer brings friends, family together

A trailer of the “MAYNARD” movie was unveiled Saturday in the visitor’s center of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.

The documentary depicts the life of Atlanta’s first African-American mayor – Maynard Jackson Jr. – a leader who was larger than life in Atlanta and the nation.

The movie is undergoing final edits, according to filmmakers Maynard Jackson III and his  wife, Wendy Eley Jackson of Auburn Avenue Films.


Maynard Jackson III and Wendy Eley Jackson

Commentary: The importance of Maynard Jackson documentary

Original Story on WABE by Maria Saporta

Atlanta’s first African-American mayor, Maynard Jackson, was elected in 1973 when he was only 35. He went on to become a national pioneer – establishing affirmative action and joint venture programs to better integrate the economy – both in Atlanta and throughout the United States.

And producers are working a documentary about his life.

On June 20, 2003, three days before he died, Maynard Jackson Jr. delivered the keynote address to a gathering of the National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP).

The organization was co-founded by Jackson in 1985 to be a venue for minorities working in the financial sector.

At that speech, Jackson called on the organization to combat what he called black apathy and white indifference in urban America.

Jackson begged for aggressive, intelligent leadership in the nation to continue to work on issues of equity and financial inclusion.

When NASP recently gathered for its national convention in Atlanta, members held a reception in Jackson’s honor.

Locals and visitors alike repeatedly said they would not have not been as successful without the former Atlanta mayor.

That is why producers and family members are making a documentary on Maynard Jackson.

The project is expected to cost about $3 million, and so far they have only raised $300,000.

Maynard Jackson III and his wife, Wendy Eley Jackson, are championing the documentary – working to ensure that the fight for economic integration is neither forgotten nor taken for granted.

It’s often how things get done

In almost every significant step forward, there are the people who get the credit and then there are the people who actually did the work. Sometimes they are the same people and sometimes not. It was Coca-Cola Chairman Robert W. Woodruff who supposedly said, “There is no limit to what a man can do or […]