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Atlanta Jazz Festival

Flashback: Laying the groundwork for the Atlanta Jazz Festival, 1966

The list of acts read like a jazz aficionado’s fantasy dinner party: Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Buddy Rich, and more. It laid the groundwork for mayor Maynard Jackson to later launch the city’s own—and free—Atlanta Jazz Festival, which has been held annually since 1978 and starts this year on May 26.
Maynard Jackson

A new documentary on Maynard Jackson delves deep into the struggles and scrutiny of Atlanta’s first black mayor

It’s now been 15 years since Maynard Jackson’s death, but the issues explored in the new documentary film about his life—the city’s fraught racial history, the expectations placed on a black mayor, the scrutiny on minority contracts for city business—feel very relevant today.
Maynard Jackson

Flashback: Atlanta City Hall, 1974, when Maynard Jackson was the city’s first black mayor

He may have been born in Dallas, but Maynard Jackson was an Atlantan through and through.
Serial Black Face Actor's Express

Serial Black Face revisits the trauma of the Atlanta Child Murders

It has been more than three decades since two teenage boys went missing in Atlanta in the summer of 1979. Their disappearances were the first of 29 kidnappings and murders that rocked the city until 1981. That tumultuous chapter is revisited now in dramatic form with the world premiere of Janine Nabers’s Serial Black Face at Actor’s Express.
Annexation

How less than six square miles could determine Atlanta’s next mayor

Since Kasim Reed took office, more than 20,000 white transplants have moved inside the city limits. That influx, combined with the past decade’s foreclosure crisis that disproportionately affected black residents, means today the city’s black population is roughly 50 percent, compared with 67 percent in 1990.

Maynard Jackson documentary in the works

With his 1973 election as Atlanta mayor, Jackson became the first black person to hold that role, and the first black mayor of any major Southern city.

Atlanta’s true Olympic legacy: Not brick, mortar, or granite

Between three syllables uttered on September 18, 1990, everything changed in Atlanta, and so did our city’s place in the world.

Pearl Cleage tells all (and then some) in her new memoir

Playwright and novelist Pearl Cleage titled her memoir Things I Should Have Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs, but one suspects her child, now in her forties, is happy it took awhile for Mom’s breezily candid book, crafted from 1970s and 1980s diary entries, to be published.

The Maynard Jackson inaugural

Maynard Holbrook Jackson Jr. made history as Atlanta’s first black mayor, and his January 7, 1974, inaugural itself shattered precedent. The traditional City Hall ceremony for a few hundred was traded for a riotous ninety-minute gala at the Civic Center.

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