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Atlanta’s 1st Black mayor immortalized in ‘Maynard’ doc; debuts at DOC NYC

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Maynard Holbrook Jackson was the first black Mayor of Atlanta, and the longest serving. At age 35, he was first elected to office in 1973 and served a total of three terms, 1974-1982 and 1990-1994. Directed by Academy Award-nominee, Emmy Award-winner and four-time Peabody Award winner Sam Pollard (Slavery by Another Name, Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me, Two Trains Runnin’), Maynard: The Man. The Politician. The Game Changer is a film that explores the public servant who realized his big dreams and ambitions.

A documentary, Maynard, showcases interviews of former President Bill Clinton; civil rights activists Rev. Al Sharpton and Vernon Jordan, a childhood friend; Rev. Joseph LoweryRev. Jesse Jackson; former Atlanta mayors Sam Massell (Jackson served as his vice mayor); Ambassador Andrew Young and Shirley Franklin, and current Mayor Kasim Reed, to name a few. It debuted at DOC NYC Festival, an annual documentary film festival on Thursday, Nov. 16.

Maynard is produced by Maynard Jackson III, Wendy Eley Jackson, Dolly Turner, and Winsome Sinclair, line produced by Daphne McWilliams with cinematography by Henry Adebonojo (I Am Not Your Negro).

Check out the red carpet, featuring Al Sharpton, Jackson’s family and more in the gallery below.

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