Maynard Jackson-Setting the Record Straight (Carolyn Long Banks)

As we celebrate and remember the accomplishment of women nationally and locally during Women’s History Month, let us not forget the pioneering leadership of men who support and who have supported women along the way, like Maynard Jackson. He lead the charge to open doors for women to serve in elected positions, cabinet positions, corporate and civic boards. Carolyn Long Banks, the former student activist was among the first women he encouraged to serve in public office. Her appointment to the Atlanta City Council opened the door to my election as the first woman mayor some three decades later in 2001.


  1. I remember Rev. Ike sharing the story of Maynard getting in touch with him to help him win the election. The Rev. flew down to Atlanta and gave him a suitcase full of money to help him over his financial hump and Maynard won the election.

  2. Maynard Eaton says:

    Councilwoman Carolyn Long-Banks, an iconic trailblazer, was a passionate, powerful and provocative City Council leader who I fondly recall as being an insightful, intense and interesting politico to interview and report about on a wealth of city related issues. She was as good as it gets!

  3. Today is Maynard’s birthday. He’s smiling. He loved opening doors for others to serve in public office.

  4. Lynnette Young says:

    Atlanta has been blessed by many great mayors but perhaps the greatest of all was Maynard Jackson, he truly changed the face of black business across the country. His success swept across the country into every major city. We have so much to be thankful for from Maynard; there would have been no Andy, no Bill, no Shirley and certainly no Kasim had there been no Maynard. His legacy lives on and I expect it will for generations to come.

    • This is a great post, Clay. We need more folks writing about the plubic transportation issues in Atlanta. Years ago I had a friend that lived downtown who would take Marta to 10th Street (I believe) and then transfer to CCT for the ride up to Kennesaw. I think that took about an hour. I heard the story of another KSU student who has a child and lives at home in Stone Mountain. Her trip involves taking Gwinnett’s bus system to Atlanta and then transferring to CCT. A roundtrip commute of about 6 or 7 hours. I cant imagine.