we lost another soldier too early
ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- Maynard Jackson Jr., who took on Atlanta's establishment as the city's first black mayor and later helped plan for its role as host of the 1996 Olympics, died Monday in Washington. He was 65.
Democratic Party officials confirmed the death, but did not release any details. He had major heart surgery in 1992 after doctors found six arterial blockages.
He made history when, at age 35, he was elected Atlanta's first black mayor in 1973.
With a booming voice and wide girth, he made his presence known immediately by taking on the predominantly white business leadership and demanding that doors be opened to blacks.