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The Honorable Edna Jackson

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Mayor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
And This Too Shall Pass.

Birthplace

Born:
9/18/1944
Birth Location:
Savannah, Georgia

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Mayor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
And This Too Shall Pass.

Birthplace

Born:
9/18/1944
Birth Location:
Savannah
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Biography

Political official and civic leader Edna Jackson was born on September 18, 1944 in Savannah, Georgia to Henry Reid and Georgia Branch Dillard. She graduated from Alfred E. Beach High School in 1962, and then earned her B.S. degree in sociology in 1968, and her M.Ed. degree in political science education in 1972, both from Savannah State University. Having joined the NAACP Youth Council as a high school student, Jackson became active while at Savannah State, travelling throughout the South for voter registration drives and sit-in demonstrations.

Jackson began her career as a social worker with the Economic Opportunity Authority for Savannah-Chatham County Area, Inc. In 1971, Savannah State University President Prince Jackson, Jr. hired Jackson as the director of the university’s emergency school assistant program. During her time there, she also worked as the director of alumni affairs and coordinator of the Elderhostel Program before her retirement in 2001. Jackson then served as alderman at large on the City Council of Savannah for three terms, and mayor pro tempore of Savannah for two terms. In 2012, Jackson became the first African American woman to be elected as mayor of Savannah, serving for one term.

Jackson was the recipient of the A Working Woman in Need’s Top 10 Working Women of the Year Award. She was also named an Outstanding Alumnus by Savannah State University and one of the 2012 Power Women by GeorgiaTrend magazine.

Jackson also served as the southern regional vice president and national vice president of Savannah State University, as vice chairman of the Chatham County Democratic Executive Committee, as a member of the board of representatives for World Trade Center Savannah, and as a chairperson of the Chatham County Hospital Authority. She was also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., St. Phillip A.M.E. Church, the U.S. Selective Board, and the Georgia Advisory Committee for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. U.S. Congressman John Barrow appointed Jackson to serve on the Military Academy Selection Committee and the Regional Committee of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Savannah Regional Second Harvest Food Bank and on the board of the Equal Opportunity Authority.
Jackson has one son, Kevan Jackson.

Edna Jackson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 8, 2017.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - The Honorable Edna Jackson lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Edna Jackson describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Edna Jackson remembers her maternal grandmother's family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Edna Jackson describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Edna Jackson remembers her maternal uncle
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Edna Jackson describes her home in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Edna Jackson remembers her community in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Edna Jackson describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Edna Jackson describes her experiences at the Florence Street School in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Edna Jackson recalls joining the NAACP
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Edna Jackson remembers the influence of W.W. Law
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Edna Jackson talks about Cuyler Junior High School in Savnnah, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Edna Jackson recalls the influence of Doris Pettigrew Little
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Edna Jackson talks about her interest in science and math
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Edna Jackson remembers her first protests with the NAACP, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Edna Jackson remembers her first protests with the NAACP, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Edna Jackson recalls her involvement in drama and music
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Edna Jackson remembers attending NAACP conventions with W.W. Law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Edna Jackson describes her work as an NAACP field coordinator in Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Edna Jackson remembers leading a group to the March on Washington
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Edna Jackson remembers her friends from her time as an organizer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Edna Jackson talks about the organizers of the March on Washington
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Edna Jackson recalls her time as an NAACP field organizer in Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Edna Jackson remembers enrolling at Savannah State College in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Edna Jackson talks about her marriage and son
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - The Honorable Edna Jackson describes her start at the Economic Opportunity Authority for Savannah-Chatham County Area, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Edna Jackson remembers working for the Economic Opportunity Authority for Savannah-Chatham County Area, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Edna Jackson talks about working in the Emergency School Assistance Program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Edna Jackson talks about the integration of Armstrong State College in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Edna Jackson recalls her roles at Savannah State College in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Edna Jackson talks about her time as chair of the Chatham County Hospital Authority in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Edna Jackson describes her role in the Chatham County Democratic Party
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Edna Jackson remembers her first elected office
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Edna Jackson talks about Mayor Otis Johnson's town hall meetings
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - The Honorable Edna Jackson recalls the challenges at the start of her mayoralty of Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Edna Jackson recalls hiring Stephanie Cutter as city manager of Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Edna Jackson remembers working with protesters following the shooting of Charles Smith
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Edna Jackson talks about losing her reelection campaign, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Edna Jackson talks about losing her reelection campaign, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Edna Jackson remembers her health problems during her mayoral term
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Edna Jackson reflects upon her life after her mayoralty
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Edna Jackson reflects upon her civic contributions
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - The Honorable Edna Jackson talks about her awards and honors
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - The Honorable Edna Jackson reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - The Honorable Edna Jackson talks about the need for social activism
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - The Honorable Edna Jackson narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - The Honorable Edna Jackson narrates her photographs, pt. 2