Interview with Maynard Jackson
QUESTION 9
JACKIE SHEARER:

OK, I'd like a brief recap of the victory of that banking issue.

MAYNARD JACKSON:

All right, a brief recap, then, of the results of the, of the banking issue. And, and, ah, I'm responding on the, on the point of trying to be specific in giving examples, this is only one of many, many examples. But the result today in Atlanta is that Atlanta probably is the only major American city where every traditional Atlanta downtown bank has integrated boards of directors, and where they all have Black vice-presidents and above to the extent, by the way, that I met, ah, a, a high-ranking senior VP, head of all commercial lending, one of the major downtown banks of the day, and find out for the first time that he was Black. Well, that's fine. Because I don't want to have to go around, you know, in the old days of television, you see somebody Black, you say, "Hey, mama, mama, come look quick, daddy look at this." And of course, it's, it's you know, we just kind of take it for granted. Well, that's fine. We want to move to the day where, where being Black and being in positions of power and authority and service, ah, is not going to be a phenomenon so rare that we have to call the crowd to look, to take a look. And ah, I'm proud Atlanta, therefore, is in that position. But we paid a price to get there. But to the benefit of the city, the banks responded and made their changes for the better, and there are many people in those banks who helped to make that happen.

JACKIE SHEARER:

OK, I'm going to interrupt you there.

MAYNARD JACKSON:

Go ahead.