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Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson

Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson is seen in Runaway Bay, Jamaica, during a mini-summit with national leaders, Dec. 1978.
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Sept. 18, 1990. Maynard Jackson was serving his third term as mayor when, on that September day in Tokyo, the president of the International Olympic Committee announced that Atlanta had won the bid to host the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

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Atlanta’s first African-American mayor, Maynard Jackson Jr., was elected in 1973 when he was only 35. He went on to become a national pioneer – establishing affirmative action and joint venture programs to better integrate the economy – both in Atlanta and throughout the United States.

And producers are working a documentary about his life.

On June 20, 2003, three days before he died, Jackson delivered the keynote address to a gathering of the National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP).