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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
College President

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Beans (Lima)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
If You Want Your Prayers Answered, Get Up Off Your Knees And Hustle.

Birthplace

Born:
3/17/1925
Birth Location:
Savannah, Georgia

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
College President

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Beans (Lima)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
If You Want Your Prayers Answered, Get Up Off Your Knees And Hustle.

Birthplace

Born:
3/17/1925
Birth Location:
Savannah
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Biography

Prince Albert Jackson, Jr., was born on March 17, 1925, in Savannah, Georgia, to Julia and Prince Albert, Sr. Jackson graduated with honors from Beach-Cuyler High School in 1942 and joined the United States Naval Reserve. Jackson received his B.A. degree in mathematics from Savannah State University in 1949, and his M.A. degree from Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences from the New York University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 1950. Jackson later received his Ph.D. in philosophy with distinction from Boston College. While studying at Boston College, Jackson was named one of the school’s first six Distinguished Alumni.

In 1971, Jackson became the seventh President of Savannah State College. During his tenure as president, Jackson established the third Naval Reserve Officer Training Corp (NROTC) at a university; he also established the University’s radio station, WHCJ-FM, which was the fifth station established on an African American college campus. The observation of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was the result of Jackson’s initiative along with the increase in faculty and teachers holding doctorates. In 1978, Jackson stepped down as President of Savannah State University, but continued to serve as a member of the faculty until 1999 when he retired.

Jackson was the recipient of thirty-five academic awards and honors, and a member of twenty-nine professional and scholastic organizations. Jackson was also a lifetime member of the NAACP, where he served as President of the Savannah branch in 2003. Jackson authored over fourteen research and scholarly articles. After retiring in 1999, Jackson continued his active involvement in various community projects including being an advocate for the mentally challenged and the NAACP Voter Empowerment Project.

Jackson was married to the former Marilyn Striggles of Sylvania, Georgia; the couple had five children.


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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Prince Jackson, Jr.'s interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Prince Jackson, Jr. lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Prince Jackson, Jr. describes his father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Prince Jackson, Jr. describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Prince Jackson, Sr. lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Prince Jackson, Jr. describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Prince Jackson, Jr. recalls his upbringing in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Prince Jackson, Jr. describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Prince Jackson, Jr. recalls St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Prince Jackson, Jr. describes his childhood community in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Prince Jackson, Jr. recalls his Catholic schooling in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Prince Jackson, Jr. remembers St. Benedict the Moor Catholic School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Prince Jackson, Jr. recalls graduating from Beach-Cuyler High School in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Prince Jackson, Jr. recalls his experience in the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Prince Jackson, Jr. recalls when his mother saved the money he earned from the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Prince Jackson, Jr. recalls his U.S. Navy training
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Prince Jackson, Jr. recalls graduating from Savannah's Georgia State College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Prince Jackson, Jr. describes his education at Georgia State College in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Prince Jackson, Jr. recalls being hired to teach at Georgia State College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Prince Jackson, Jr. recalls his activities at Georgia State College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Prince Jackson, Jr. remembers the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Prince Jackson, Jr. describes his early teaching career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Prince Jackson, Jr. recalls being fired due to his NAACP involvement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Prince Jackson, Jr. recalls serving as the athletic director of Savannah's St. Pius X High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Prince Jackson, Jr. recalls applying to Boston College's Ph.D. degree program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Prince Jackson, Jr. describes his decision to return to Savannah State College's faculty
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Prince Jackson, Jr. recalls the impact of the Civil Rights Movement on Savannah State College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Prince Jackson, Jr. talks about his family members
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Prince Jackson, Jr. recalls hiring faculty at Savannah State College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Prince Jackson, Jr. recalls founding Savannah State College's WHCJ Radio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Prince Jackson, Jr. recalls establishing a Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Prince Jackson, Jr. recalls the desegregation of Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Prince Jackson, Jr. recalls the desegregation of Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Prince Jackson, Jr. describes the impact of integration on Savannah State College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Prince Jackson, Jr. recalls the construction of the Asa H. Gordon Library
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Prince Jackson, Jr. remembers his NAACP involvement in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Prince Jackson, Jr. recalls his work with Shirley James at Savannah State College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Prince Jackson, Jr. remembers Professor Hanes Walton, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Prince Jackson, Jr. recalls how he allocated funds at Savannah State College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Prince Jackson, Jr. remembers returning to the faculty of Savannah State College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Prince Jackson, Jr. describes his organizational activities in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Prince Jackson, Jr. describes his involvement in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Prince Jackson, Jr. talks about his children and grandchildren
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Prince Jackson, Jr. recalls integrating the Knights of Columbus in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Prince Jackson, Jr. talks about the African American Catholic leadership
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Prince Jackson, Jr. reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Prince Jackson, Jr. talks about destinations he plans to visit
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Prince Jackson, Jr. describes his hopes for African American youth
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Prince Jackson, Jr. describes how he would like to be remembered