Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 16, Number 1, Spring, 2004 Page: 6
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BY MICHAEL V. HAZEL
he line between church and state has never
been an easy one to draw in the United States,
especially in African-American churches, where
congregations have traditionally looked to their
pastors for political leadership. One of the most
remarkable civil rights leaders in Dallas was the
Rev. Maynard H.Jackson, Sr., who in addition to
serving as pastor of the New Hope Baptist
Church also worked to organize black voters and
himself stood for elective office at a time when
such an act required great personal courage.
Born in New Orleans on May 3, 1894,
Maynard Holbrook Jackson moved to Dallas
three years later when his father, the Reverend
Alexander S. Jackson, became pastor of New
Hope Baptist Church. Among the oldest
African-American congregations in Dallas, New
Hope provided a prominent pulpit for Reverend
Jackson, who soon became an influential preacher
in the community.1 Meanwhile, Maynard
Jackson attended Dallas public schools and graduated
from the Colored High School in 1911.
Three years later he earned a degree from
Morehouse College in Atlanta.
After graduation,Jackson served as National
Field Secretary of the Foreign Mission Board of
the Baptist Church, a position which allowed
him to travel extensively along the west coast of
Africa. He then returned for graduate studies at
the University of Chicago and the Garrett
School ofTheology at Northwestern University,
where he earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree.2
In 1934 he succeeded his father as pastor of New
Hope Baptist Church.
Almost immediately Reverend Jackson
Rev. Maynard H. Jackson, Sr.
became active in efforts to organize African
Americans in Dallas to exercise their civil
rights. In 1935, as spokesman for the Dallas
Interdenominational Ministers' Alliance, an
organization of African-American ministers,
Jackson worked with the Negro Chamber of
Commerce to encourage African Americans
to register to vote. Up until now, he observed,
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