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The Honorable Dorothy Jackson

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Activist
City Government Official

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Dessert
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Vienna, Austria
Favorite Quote:
They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as the eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Birthplace

Born:
11/9/1933
Birth Location:
Akron, Ohio

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Activist
City Government Official

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Dessert
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Vienna, Austria
Favorite Quote:
They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as the eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Birthplace

Born:
11/9/1933
Birth Location:
Akron
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Biography

Dorothy Ola Jackson stands as a respected pillar of the Ohio political landscape. Just prior to her birth, her family uprooted itself from dustbowl-ravaged Oklahoma to settle in Akron, Ohio. Born in Akron, on November 9, 1933, Dorothy was the youngest of seven children. She attended Akron's Robinson Elementary School and East High, where she graduated in 1951.

After high school, Jackson worked in a local grocery store and attended night classes at the Actual Business College. Forced to quit her job and drop out of classes when her mother became ill, Dorothy spent the subsequent four years caring for her mother, who died in 1952, and brother, who died in 1956. Following the sudden death of her father in 1957 from a fatal heart attack, Dorothy took a position as a secretary for the Goodwill Industries. While working with the Goodwill, Jackson learned sign language and worked to assist disabled workers. It was during this time that Jackson developed a deep sense of dedication to issues that concerned the disabled. She quickly rose through the ranks from secretary to assistant public relations director.

After twelve years with Goodwill, Jackson left to begin her sixteen-year career with the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority as the social and tenant services administrator. By working to bring programs of fun and education to the residents, and providing a high level of personalized tenant care Jackson transformed the agency. She understood that providing housing was only the first step, providing a sense of community was the next. In 1984, Jackson was nominated for deputy mayor for the City of Akron.

In her role as deputy mayor, Jackson has been a tireless social activist. She has given her voice and support to issues that concern the poor and disabled. She is the recipient of many awards and honors including the Women in History Week Woman of the Year, the United Way Distinguished Service Award and the Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dorothy Jackson interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dorothy Jackson's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dorothy Jackson discusses her parents' backgrounds
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dorothy Jackson describes her early family life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dorothy Jackson remembers her family members
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dorothy Jackson shares memories from her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dorothy Jackson remembers her school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dorothy Jackson recalls her high school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dorothy Jackson discusses her early career aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dorothy Jackson remembers her mother's death
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dorothy Jackson remembers trials early in her career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dorothy Jackson describes her training for those with special needs
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dorothy Jackson discusses her career as a sign language interpreter
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dorothy Jackson discusses her volunteer efforts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dorothy Jackson discusses her appointment to political office
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dorothy Jackson reveals her plans for the future
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dorothy Jackson shares her hopes for the black community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dorothy Jackson considers her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dorothy Jackson describes how she'd like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dorothy Jackson signs an inspirational message
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Photo - Dorothy Jackson and her third grade class at Robinson Elementary School, Akron, Ohio, early 1940s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Photo - Dorothy Jackson's sister, Lucille
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Photo - Dorothy Jackson's daughter and sister, August 1957
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Photo - Dorothy Jackson's daughter, sister and sister's friend, December 1957
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Photo - Dorothy Jackson returns from roller-skating
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Photo - Dorothy Jackson and her brother
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Photo - Dorothy Jackson and her sister in the driveway of their home, Akron, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Photo - Dorothy Jackson on senior day at East High School, Akron, Ohio, early 1950s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Photo - Dorothy Jackson at her daughter's wedding, April 1995
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Photo - Dorothy Jackson with Olympian Wilma Rudolph, Akron, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Photo - Dorothy Jackson with First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, 1992
  • Tape: 4 Story: 14 - Photo - Dorothy Jackson's mother, Akron, Ohio, 1950s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 15 - Photo - Dorothy Jackson's father, William Jackson, Sr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 16 - Photo - Dorothy Jackson interprets for Reverend Jesse Jackson during his 1984 presidential campaign
  • Tape: 4 Story: 17 - Photo - Dorothy Jackson and her deaf choir attend chapel services
  • Tape: 4 Story: 18 - Photo - Dorothy Jackson chaperones a Goodwill Industries field trip to Washington, D.C., ca. 1956
  • Tape: 4 Story: 19 - Photo - Dorothy Jackson interprets for President William 'Bill' Clinton at an Akron, Ohio rally, part 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 20 - Photo - Dorothy Jackson interprets for President William 'Bill' Clinton at an Akron, Ohio rally, part 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 21 - Photo - Dorothy Jackson at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum with contest winners, her daughter, granddaughter, and Congressman Tom Sawyer, Washington, D.C., 1999
  • Tape: 4 Story: 22 - Photo - Dorothy Jackson with fellow cabinet members of City Council, Akron, Ohio, late 1980s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 23 - Photo - Dorothy Jackson volunteers with children from Stewart Afrocentric School, Akron, Ohio, 2000
  • Tape: 4 Story: 24 - Photo - Dorothy Jackson plants the first tree in Dorothy O. Jackson Park, named in her honor, Kiryat Ekron, Israel
  • Tape: 4 Story: 25 - Photo - President William 'Bill' Clinton, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and Vice President Al Gore at the presidential inauguration, January 21, 1993
  • Tape: 4 Story: 26 - Photo - Dorothy Jackson at sixteen and her granddaughter
  • Tape: 4 Story: 27 - Photo - Dorothy Jackson at an awards dinner with her daughter and granddaughter
  • Tape: 4 Story: 28 - Photo - Dorothy Jackson's mother, Dueallie Jackson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 29 - Photo - Dorothy Jackson's father, William Jackson, Sr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 30 - Photo - Dorothy Jackson's baby picture, 1930s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 31 - Photo - Dorothy Jackson with President William 'Bill' Clinton at a town meeting on race, Akron, Ohio, December 1997
  • Tape: 4 Story: 32 - Photo - Dorothy Jackson with Bishop Desmond Tutu at an event at Walsh Jesuit High School, Akron, Ohio