Delta Air Lines began showing the MAYNARD documentary in-flight both domestically and internationally beginning June 1 and will continue through November 1. “Maynard Holbrook Jackson, Jr. changed Atlanta for the better, and among his many accomplishments is delivering the Atlanta midfield airport terminal on time and under budget,” said Tad Hutcheson, Managing Director – Community Engagement. “His vision made the Atlanta airport what it is today – the world’s busiest – and for that, Delta will always be grateful.”
Jackson made political history in 1968 when he captured more than 200,000 votes statewide in an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate against fellow Georgian Herman Talmadge. He thought that the route to racial equality for African Americans, women, and LGBT lay with transforming the government, building economic power, and demanding that the nation’s white leaders concede to the needs of minorities and poor residents of inner cities.
The film documents how Maynard built Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport with the enforcement of affirmative action. Maynard set an unprecedented record for minority contracts being awarded to qualified vendors doing business with the City of Atlanta. His commitment for diversity and inclusion allowed minorities to participate in 25 percent of the city’s contracts which including the construction and operations of Atlanta’s airport. His policies and blueprint for growing American cities became the template used amongst government municipalities and private corporations around the U.S.A. He is considered the “Father” of Affirmative Action; and it is now time that his story be told to remind the world that human rights remain subject to 21st century enslavement. Maynard’s story will inspire, motivate, remind us of the power of the vote, and has the ability to evoke positive change on a global level.
This film, profiling the life and achievements of Maynard Jackson, one of the trailblazers in post-Civil Rights era, includes heartfelt interviews with a host of political personalities such as President Bill Clinton, Al Sharpton, Vernon Jordan, Ambassador Andrew Young, Rev. Joseph Lowery, Rev. Jesse Jackson, former Atlanta Mayor’s Sam Massell, Bill Campbell, Shirley Franklin and Kasim Reed, in addition to Jackson’s family, co-workers, and life-long friends.