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The Honorable C. Jack Ellis

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Mayor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Broccoli
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Favorite Quote:
People Always Try To Give You A Six For A Nine.

Birthplace

Born:
1/6/1946
Birth Location:
Macon, Georgia

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Mayor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Broccoli
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Favorite Quote:
People Always Try To Give You A Six For A Nine.

Birthplace

Born:
1/6/1946
Birth Location:
Macon
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Biography

Mayor C. Jack Ellis was born on January 6, 1946 in Macon, Georgia to William Claude Ellis and Willie Mae Glover. Ellis was one of thirteen children. Ellis attended public schools in Macon, Georgia and earned his B.A. degree at St. Leo College in St. Leo, Florida.

Ellis enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served as a combat soldier and paratrooper in Vietnam in the 101st Airborne Division. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, three Bronze Stars, the Army Commendation Medal for Heroism and the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat. Ellis worked with Reverend Jesse Jackson’s second presidential campaign in 1988, and then went to work for the Census Bureau in from 1988 to January of 1991, and managed a cable television system on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. He also hosted a public access television show focusing on public and political affairs. In 1988, Ellis helped to manage Reverend Jesse Jackson’s presidential campaign for the State of Georgia.

In 1999, Ellis was elected the 40th mayor of Macon, Georgia, becoming the first African American Mayor in the City’s 176-year history. He was then re-elected In 2003. During his tenure as Mayor, Ellis’s administration was responsible for approximately $1 million in loans to disadvantaged businesses. Under Ellis’s leadership, the City successfully won a federal Hope VI grant to improve public housing, in addition to other grants and federal aid. His administration constructed over 300 new affordable housing units and eliminated over 2000 sub-standard houses. Also, during Ellis’s administration, the City of Macon was designated as a city of excellence by the Georgia Municipal Association and awarded the City Livability Award by the
U.S. Conference of Mayors. First Lady Laura Bush designated Macon as a “Preserve American Community.” Ellis also created the C. Jack Ellis Youth Foundation which assisted underprivileged and special needs children in America, the Caribbean and Africa. After Ellis left office in 2007, he was appointed honorary consul for Uganda to promote the country in the southeastern United States. Three years later, Ellis announced that he would seek a third term as Mayor of Macon. In 2011, Ellis officially began his mayoral campaign.

Ellis has received many distinctions and honors, including being named one of the top leaders in the State of Georgia. As Mayor, Ellis served as vice president for the World Conference of Mayors for Tourism and Investment and chairman of the International Affairs Committee for the National Conference of Black Mayors. Ellis is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, the NAACP and a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner. His is the father of five children, and lives in Atlanta Georgia.

Clarence Jack Ellis was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 22, 2011.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis describes his father's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis describes his paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis describes his father's work ethic
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis talks about his father's siblings, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis talks about his father's siblings, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis remembers his mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis talks about the origin of his name
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis lists his siblings, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis lists his siblings, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis recalls his first experience of racism
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis remembers his family's first farm
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis describes his childhood home
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis recalls his early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis remembers his favorite elementary school teacher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis recalls his influences at Ballad Hudson Junior High School in Macon, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis remembers Ballard Hudson Senior High School in Macon, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis remembers completing his high school diploma
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis remember segregation in Macon, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis recalls President John Fitzgerald Kennedy's assassination
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis talks about race relations in the U.S. Army and in Macon, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis recalls his decision to become a paratrooper
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis recalls his role in the Detroit riots of 1967
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis remembers serving in the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis reflects upon his transition to civilian life
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis remembers becoming a U.S. Army recruiter
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis describes his three children
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis talks about the effects of Agent Orange
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis remembers developing an interest in politics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis describes his experiences as a U.S. Army recruiter
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis remembers working at St. Croix Cable TV
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis recalls his role in Reverend Jesse L. Jackson's presidential campaign in 1988
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis recalls working for the U.S. Census Bureau
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis remembers his return to Macon, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis remembers his early political involvement in Macon, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis recalls his unsuccessful political campaigns
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis describes his mayoral campaign platform
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis recalls his efforts to improving relations between police and the community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis recalls securing a Hope VI grant for the City of Macon, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis recalls establishing a sister city in Ghana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis recalls the Safe School Initiative
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis recalls the election for his second term as mayor
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis describes the C. Jack Ellis Youth Foundation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis describes partnerships with African leaders
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis reflects upon his second term as mayor
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis explains his solidarity with Hugo Chavez
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis describes the racism he faced as the mayor of Macon, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis talks about the discrimination against Muslim Americans
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis describes his campaign for a third mayoral term
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis describes the demographic changes in Macon, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis talks about his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - The Honorable C. Jack Ellis narrates his photographs