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The Honorable Alphonso Jackson

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Cabinet Appointee

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Gray
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Chicago, Illinois
Favorite Quote:
There's No Place Like America.

Birthplace

Born:
9/9/1945
Birth Location:
Dallas, Texas

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Cabinet Appointee

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Gray
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Chicago, Illinois
Favorite Quote:
There's No Place Like America.

Birthplace

Born:
9/9/1945
Birth Location:
Dallas
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Biography

Cabinet appointee Alphonso Jackson was born on September 9, 1945 in Marshall, Texas to Henrietta and Arthur Jackson and grew up in South Dallas as one of twelve children. Jackson learned the value of education and the importance of strong work ethic from his parents. He attended both Lincoln University in 1965 and A&M Commerce in 1966 on track scholarships before receiving his B.A. degree in political science from Northeast Missouri State University in 1968. In 1973, Jackson received his J.D. degree from Washington University School of Law.

Jackson's career began in 1973 as an assistant professor at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. From 1977 through 1981, Jackson became the Director of Public Safety for the City of St. Louis, Missouri. He also served as a director of consultant services for the certified public accounting firm, Laventhol and Horwath in St. Louis. Jackson was then appointed as Executive Director of the St. Louis Housing Authority. He held this position until 1983 and became the Director of the Department of Public and Assisted Housing in Washington, D.C. in 1987. In 1989, Jackson became president and CEO of the Housing Authority of the City of Dallas, Texas. Jackson’s executive title marked him as the first African American to head the agency, saving the Housing Authority from the racial discrimination law suits that had been mounting against it. During Jackson’s tenure, he worked to improve the dilapidated buildings and unsafe conditions that had become standard in the city’s neglected public housing units.

In 1996, Jackson left the public sector when American Electric Power-TEXAS hired him as President. There, Jackson ran the $13 billion company for the next five years, until he was appointed as the Housing and Urban Development’s Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer under the George W. Bush Administration. Working under then secretary, Mel Martinez, Jackson managed the daily operations of the $32 billion agency and its 9,300 employees. In 2004, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Jackson as the nation’s thirteenth United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. This distinction marked Jackson as the third African American in the Bush Cabinet after Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell and Rod Paige, the Education Secretary. He resigned from this position on April 18, 2008. Since 2008, Jackson teaches at Hampton University as a professor and Director of the Center for Public Policy and Leadership. Jackson also serves on numerous national and state commissions including the General Services Commission of the State of Texas and the National Commission on America’s Urban Families.

Alphonso Jackson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 3, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson describes his mother's personality and accomplishments
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson reflects upon his memories of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson remembers the murder of his neighbor by a white policeman
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson describes his role among his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson recalls his community in South Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson remembers suffering from asthma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson recalls his experiences of discrimination in his early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson describes his religious background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson describes his early personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson talks about his education in Catholic schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson describes his early writing talent
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson remembers joining the track team at St. Peter Academy in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson recalls his high school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson recalls his track and field competitions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson recalls his decision to attend Lincoln University in Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson recalls joining the Philadelphia Pioneer Club
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson recalls transferring to the Northeast Missouri State Teachers College in Kirksville, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson recalls his transfer to East Texas State University in Commerce, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson recalls his experiences of discrimination on the track team at East Texas State University, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson recalls his experiences of discrimination on the track team at East Texas State University, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson remembers Coach Kenneth Gardner
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson recalls the death of his father
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson describes his undergraduate degree program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson recalls his graduation from Northeast Missouri State Teachers College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson remembers earning a master's degree
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson recalls his acceptance to law school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson describes his experience at the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson recalls his activism at the Washington University School of Law
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson describes the community of St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson recalls his political activism in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson remembers the Selma to Montgomery March, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson remembers the Selma to Montgomery March, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson recalls his focus as a lawyer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson remembers Frankie Freeman
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson remembers Margaret Bush Wilson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson talks about his hometowns
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson recalls his position at the University of Missouri - St. Louis
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson recalls his work with John Danforth
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson recalls being selected as public safety director in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson describes the political climate of St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson remembers working for James F. Conway
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson recalls his role at the St. Louis Housing Authority
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson remembers running for comptroller of the City of St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson recalls his role at the District of Columbia Department of Public and Assisted Housing
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson talks about his start in public housing administration
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson describes the history of public housing in the United States
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson reflects upon the Model Cities program
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson describes his work for the Dallas Housing Authority
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson remembers the integration of public housing in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson describes his activism in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson describes his relationship with President George Walker Bush
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson describes his work at the Central and South West Corporation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson recalls his role at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson describes his experiences at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson talks about public housing programs
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson describes his hopes for the future of public housing
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson talks about housing policy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson reflects upon his personality
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - The Honorable Alphonso Jackson reflects upon his legacy