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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Community Activist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Okra (Fried), Corn
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer, Fishing Season
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Be The Best At What You Can Be Where You Are And Give It All You Got.

Birthplace

Born:
4/18/1926
Birth Location:
Griffin, Georgia

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Community Activist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Okra (Fried), Corn
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer, Fishing Season
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Be The Best At What You Can Be Where You Are And Give It All You Got.

Birthplace

Born:
4/18/1926
Birth Location:
Griffin
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Biography

“Mr. East Point”, James Louis Jackson was born on April 18, 1926, in Griffin, Georgia. Jackson‘s parents Ola Mae Meadows and R.V. Jackson separated, and Jackson’s mother raised him in predominantly black East Point, Georgia. Jackson attended Bayard Street Elementary School and Booker T. Washington High School, before volunteering for the United States Army at age sixteen in 1942. Serving in France as a member of the 4253rd Quartermaster Truck Company, Jackson became part of the celebrated Red Ball Express. Obtaining the rank of Tech Sergeant, Jackson returned to East Point, Georgia in 1946.

In 1947, Jackson was hired as a mechanic’s helper at the United States Army Depot and would work as a mechanic or driver for the federal government until his retirement twenty-seven years later. Certified as a Lay Parish Associate of the United Methodist Church, Jackson was a member of East Point’s Mallalieu United Methodist Church for over sixty-nine years. Jackson also served as chairperson of the East Point Community Relations Commission; president of Mallalieu United Methodist Men and the Atlanta-College Park District United Methodist Men; president of the South Fulton Boosters Association of East Point; and president of the Gus Thornhill Scholarship Committee. Jackson was member of the East Point Housing Review Board; the Ethnic Minority Local Church Committee; the Department of Political and Human Rights; and the general boards of Laity, Discipleship, Church and Society.

Jackson was a recipient of the East Point Community Relations Distinguished Service Award in 1979, and both the George C. Burnett Citizen of the Year Award, and a life membership in the United Methodists Men in 1984. In 1996, the United Methodist Church’s Atlanta-College Park designated an official James L. Jackson Day. In 2002, East Point Mayor Patsy Jo Hilliard announced the opening of the James L. Jackson Pedestrian Community Foot Bridge, which spans two hundred ten feet and crosses six railroad tracks and the MARTA Line.

Jackson has had two children and five grandchildren with his wife, Gladys Phillips Jackson.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of James L. Jackson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - James L. Jackson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - James L. Jackson describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - James L. Jackson recalls being raised by his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - James L. Jackson describes his parents' relationship
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - James L. Jackson describes his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - James L. Jackson describes his parents' and grandparents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - James L. Jackson describes how he raised his children
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - James L. Jackson describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - James L. Jackson remembers his neighborhood in East Point, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - James L. Jackson describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - James L. Jackson remembers Christmas in East Point, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - James L. Jackson describes his childhood toys
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - James L. Jackson describes the bicycle he bought as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - James L. Jackson talks about Mallalieu Methodist Church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - James L. Jackson describes his grandmother's discipline
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - James L. Jackson recalls his sheltered childhood in East Point, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - James L. Jackson describes his schooling
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - James L. Jackson describes his classmates in East Point, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - James L. Jackson describes Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - James L. Jackson recalls joining the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - James L. Jackson describes the Red Ball Express in WWII
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - James L. Jackson describes his work in England and France in WWII
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - James L. Jackson describes the French people he met in WWII
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - James L. Jackson describes his furlough in Switzerland as a sergeant
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - James L. Jackson recalls meeting the Tuskegee Airmen
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - James L. Jackson describes European race relations during World War II
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - James L. Jackson remembers leaving the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - James L. Jackson recalls playing baseball for the East Point Bears, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - James L. Jackson recalls playing baseball for the East Point Bears, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - James L. Jackson describes his employment upon leaving the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - James L. Jackson talks about his wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - James L. Jackson recalls he and his wife dealt with gossip
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - James L. Jackson describes his job as an Atlanta Army Depot mechanic's helper
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - James L. Jackson describes his experience of racial discrimination at the Atlanta Army Depot
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - James L. Jackson recalls working as a driver at the Atlanta Army Depot
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - James L. Jackson remembers retiring in 1974
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - James L. Jackson describes his political career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - James L. Jackson remembers a riot in East Point, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - James L. Jackson describes his response to criticism during his city council campaigns
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - James L. Jackson describes his leadership in his church
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - James L. Jackson lists awards he received for his community service
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Slating of James L. Jackson's interview, session two
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - James L. Jackson explains why he agreed to be interviewed by The HistoryMakers
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - James L. Jackson describes his life's travels
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - James L. Jackson gives advice to young people
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - James L. Jackson gives advice to community activists
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - James L. Jackson describes the example he tries to set for young Christians
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - James L. Jackson reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - James L. Jackson describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - James L. Jackson describes his concerns for the United States community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - James L. Jackson talks about the Civil Rights Movement and its leaders
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - James L. Jackson shares his opinion on affirmative action
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - James L. Jackson reflects upon religion
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - James L. Jackson reflects upon the lessons from sports
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - James L. Jackson remembers serving on the General Board of Church & Society in Washington D.C.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - James L. Jackson shares his values
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - James L. Jackson describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - James L. Jackson shares his message to future generations
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - James L. Jackson reflects upon the importance of history
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - James L. Jackson narrates his photographs