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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Buford, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
Do Second Level Thinking.

Birthplace

Born:
4/3/1949
Birth Location:
Richmond, Virginia

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Buford, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
Do Second Level Thinking.

Birthplace

Born:
4/3/1949
Birth Location:
Richmond
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Biography

Valerie Richardson Jackson, host of Atlanta, Georgia’s, public radio station WABE’s Between the Lines, a series of conversations with some of today’s brightest and most notable writers and thinkers, and former First Lady of Atlanta as wife of the first African American mayor of Atlanta, Maynard Holbrook Jackson, Jr, was born April 3, 1949 in Richmond, Virginia. Raised by parents Cora Ruth Feggins Richardson and Charles Hoover Richardson, Jackson integrated the high school she attended in Richmond and went on to major in business management at Virginia Commonwealth University. Jackson earned her M.B.A. degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania; after graduating in 1973, she worked as an advertising executive at Grey Advertising in New York City, and as Regional Marketing Supervisor for TWA’s corporate headquarters in New York.

Jackson met Maynard Jackson at a party hosted by Roberta Flack in 1976. In 1977, during Maynard Jackson’s second of three terms as Mayor of Atlanta, the couple was married; they had two children, Valerie-Amanda and Alexandra. During her twelve years as First Lady of Atlanta, Jackson served as Special Advisor to the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, helping to bring the 1988 Democratic National Convention and the 1996 Olympic Games to Atlanta. Maynard Jackson’s last term in office ended in 1993, but both Jacksons remained active in civic life as Maynard Jackson was considering a bid for the U.S. Senate in 2002. Jackson husband died at age 65 of a heart attack on June 23, 2003, while on a business trip to Washington, D.C.

As host of Between the Lines, Valerie Richardson Jackson interviewed such notable individuals as Hillary Clinton, Sidney Poitier, former President Jimmy Carter, Cornell West, Ayanla Vanzant, and Deepak Chopra. Jackson served as chair of Jackmont Hospitality, Inc., and as president of Jackson Securities, Inc. In addition to her executive and radio activities, Jackson worked with civic boards and organizations as a motivational speaker, and volunteered on numerous civic boards and organizations, including the Maynard Jackson Youth Foundation; Habitat for Humanity; Leadership Atlanta; the Northwest Georgia Girl Scout Council; and the Alliance for a New Humanity.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Valerie Richardson Jackson lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Valerie Richardson Jackson describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Valerie Richardson Jackson recalls her experience integrating her high school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Valerie Richardson Jackson describes her maternal family being light skinned
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Valerie Richardson Jackson recalls an interview with Patricia J. Williams
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Valerie Richardson Jackson recalls her mother working at a white bank
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Valerie Richardson Jackson describes her parents' education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Valerie Richardson Jackson describes her father's family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Valerie Richardson Jackson describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Valerie Richardson Jackson describes her parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Valerie Richardson Jackson recalls growing up with seven siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Valerie Richardson Jackson describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Valerie Richardson Jackson recalls finding relics of the Confederacy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Valerie Richardson Jackson describes the sights, smells and sounds of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Valerie Richardson Jackson recalls music and church during her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Valerie Richardson Jackson recalls being molested as a young girl
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Valerie Richardson Jackson describes her childhood interests and activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Valerie Richardson Jackson describes her personality as a young girl
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Valerie Richardson Jackson recalls her elementary school experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Valerie Richardson Jackson describes her aptitude for learning
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Valerie Richardson Jackson recalls her experience in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Valerie Richardson Jackson recalls integrating Richmond's Henrico High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Valerie Richardson Jackson recalls being hired as a telephone operator
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Valerie Richardson Jackson recalls her prom at Henrico High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Valerie Richardson Jackson recalls winning the Miss Warrior Contest
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Valerie Richardson Jackson describes her experience in college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Valerie Richardson Jackson recalls Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Valerie Richardson Jackson describes being hired at Neighborhood Youth Corps
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Valerie Richardson Jackson reflects upon the Neighborhood Youth Corps
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Valerie Richardson Jackson reflects upon her family's slogans
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Valerie Richardson Jackson describes her admission to the Wharton School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Valerie Richardson Jackson describes her experience at the Wharton School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Valerie Richardson Jackson describes her position at Grey Group in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Valerie Richardson Jackson describes how she met Maynard Jackson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Valerie Richardson Jackson describes meeting Maynard Jackson in 1976
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Valerie Richardson Jackson describes her courtship with Maynard Jackson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Valerie Richardson Jackson describes her role as First Lady of Atlanta
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Valerie Richardson Jackson recalls Charles, Prince of Wales' visit to Atlanta
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Valerie Richardson Jackson recalls her family's challenges during her husband's mayoralty
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Valerie Richardson Jackson recalls her involvement in Atlanta's 1996 Summer Olympics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Valerie Richardson Jackson describes the Maynard Jackson Youth Foundation, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Valerie Richardson Jackson describes the Maynard Jackson Youth Foundation, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Valerie Richardson Jackson recalls her first impressions of Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Slating of Valerie Richardson Jackson's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Valerie Richardson Jackson recalls her wedding to Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Valerie Richardson Jackson recalls the construction on Atlanta's international airport terminal
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Valerie Richardson Jackson recalls Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson's popularity
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Valerie Richardson Jackson describes Atlanta after Maynard Jackson became mayor
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Valerie Richardson Jackson recalls Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. of Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Valerie Richardson Jackson recalls the establishment of Turner Broadcasting
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Valerie Richardson Jackson recalls Atlanta's bid for the 1996 Summer Olympics
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Valerie Richardson Jackson describes her role as First Lady of Atlanta
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Valerie Richardson Jackson recalls the Atlanta Child Murders
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Valerie Richardson Jackson recalls Atlanta's airport construction
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Valerie Richardson Jackson describes Maynard Jackson's salesmanship
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Valerie Richardson Jackson reflects upon the preservation of The King Center
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Valerie Richardson Jackson recalls HistoryMaker Andrew Young as mayor of Atlanta
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Valerie Richardson Jackson recalls Maynard Jackson's run for a second mayoral term
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Valerie Richardson Jackson reflects upon Maynard Jackson's legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Valerie Richardson Jackson reflects upon minorities being scared of using their power
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Valerie Richardson Jackson reflects upon Maynard Jackson's third mayoral term
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Valerie Richardson Jackson reflects upon her time as first lady of Atlanta
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Valerie Richardson Jackson describes Atlanta as the "cradle of civil rights"
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Valerie Richardson Jackson recalls Mayor Maynard Jackson's heart surgery
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Valerie Richardson Jackson recalls the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Valerie Richardson Jackson describes her career in television broadcasting
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Valerie Richardson Jackson describes her career in radio broadcasting
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Valerie Richardson Jackson recalls her radio show, 'Between the Lines'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Valerie Richardson Jackson describes her commitment to leadership training
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Valerie Richardson Jackson describes choosing guests for 'Between the Lines'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Valerie Richardson Jackson describes her volunteer activities
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Valerie Richardson Jackson describes Jackmont Hospitality, Inc.
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Valerie Richardson Jackson recalls Maynard Jackson's bid for the U.S. Senate
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Valerie Richardson Jackson describes her husband, Maynard Jackson
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Valerie Richardson Jackson talks about her family
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Valerie Richardson Jackson describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Valerie Richardson Jackson describes her hopes for Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Valerie Richardson Jackson reflects upon President Barack Obama's election
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Valerie Richardson Jackson reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Valerie Richardson Jackson reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Valerie Richardson Jackson recalls her parents and siblings
  • Tape: 8 Story: 11 - Valerie Richardson Jackson describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Valerie Richardson Jackson narrates her photographs