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Johnny Jackson, Jr. (1944-2018)

Johnny Jackson, Jr. (1944-2018)

Funeral Services Saturday for Johnny Jackson, Jr.

Funeral services for Johnny Jackson, Jr., the late cultural and civic activist, will take place Saturday, Feb. 3, at Beacon Light International Baptist Cathedral, 1937 Mirabeau St., New Orleans, LA 70122.

Visitation will start at 8 a.m., and the service will start at 10 a.m.

A repast will follow the funeral at the Roy Glapion Reception Hall of the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club, 730 N. Broad Street, New Orleans, LA 70119.

On Friday, Feb. 2, a tribute and repose will be held at at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, 3320 Louisa St., New Orleans, LA 70126,  from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Jackson family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to:
The Johnny Jackson, Jr. Foundation
P.O. Box 26404
New Orleans, LA 70186-6404


From | The Times-Picayune:

Johnny Jackson Jr., Former City Councilman and State Legislator, Dies at 74

Johnny Jackson Jr., who represented New Orleans' 9th Ward in the Legislature and on the City Council, died Jan. 24 at his home of cancer. He was 74.

A lifelong New Orleanian who served on a long list of community organizations, Mr. Jackson was elected to the council from District E in 1986 after 14 years as the third African-American member of the state House of Representatives. The first two were Dutch Morial, who became New Orleans' first black mayor, and Dorothy Mae Taylor, who later served on the City Council.

Mr. Jackson, whose father had been a community activist and a member of the Democratic State Central Committee, graduated from George Washington Carver High School and Southern University at New Orleans.

He worked in voter registration drives and was director of the Desire Community Center. During his tenure there, the police were in a standoff with the Black Panther Party, which had used the center for breakfast and tutoring programs for children.

In the state House, Mr. Jackson was a founding member of the Legislative Black Caucus. He was a delegate to the 1973 convention that rewrote Louisiana's Constitution.

During his two terms on the council, Mr. Jackson sought better city services for District E and equal treatment for all citizens. He was chairman of the council's Housing Committee.

Because a two-term limit kept Mr. Jackson from seeking re-election in 1994 as District E's representative, he ran for an at-large seat but was defeated.

A factor in that loss, he said in a 1997 interview, was the disclosure by The Times-Picayune that his daughters had accepted Tulane University scholarships from legislators and that he had awarded one to himself while he was in the House to finish a master's degree in social work.

In announcing his candidacy for the at-large seat, Mr. Jackson said that he would not apologize for taking a scholarship "that did not involve taxpayers' money" and that he had helped other scholarship programs for needy students, including the United Negro College Fund and a fund for gay black students.

"If we're going to talk about it, let's talk about it," Mr. Jackson said. "But I wanted you to know that I'vealways given back, from day one."

"The prevailing ethics at the time were such that it was not illegal or unethical for me to take the scholarship," he said later. "It's not something that I would ever do again."

After the at-large defeat, he helped his wife, Ara Jean Jackson, run two hair salons they owned - one on each side of the Mississippi River - and formed Vision Consultants, a company designed to help private businesses and individuals negotiate local, state and federal zoning requirements.

A member of the political groups SOUL and DAWN, Mr. Jackson made one more bid for public office, in 2003, when he ran to be clerk of Criminal District Court. Although he led in the primary, he lost in the runoff to Kimberly Williamson Butler, who had been Mayor Ray Nagin's chief administrative officer.

Two years later, Hurricane Katrina destroyed his 9th Ward home, and he spent two days in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center with relatives before moving to the West Bank and, eventually, returning to New Orleans.

Among the boards on which he served were those of Total Community Action Inc., New Orleans East Economic Development Foundation, Desire-Florida Area Community Council, Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club Inc., George Washington Carver school-based health clinic, WWOZ-FM and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Kevin Jackson of New Orleans and Johnny Jahi Jackson of Houston; four daughters, Kenyatta Jackson Morris of Dallas, Johnann Jackson of Tampa, Florida, and Jeanne Jackson and Samantha Spears, both of New Orleans; two brothers, Brandon Jackson Sr. of New Orleans and Kevin Jackson of Slidell; two sisters, Cynthia Webster of Slidell and Cheryl Robinson of New Orleans; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 3) at Beacon Light International Baptist Cathedral, 1937 Mirabeau Ave. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m.

A tribute will be held at 4 p.m. Friday (Feb. 2) at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, 3320 Louisa St., where the body will lie in repose until 7 p.m.

D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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