Jackson Sr., John W.

Jackson was an organizer and charter member of Clay County Chapter NAACP. Jackson also assisted in organizing the Mississippi Freedom Democratic party and spearheaded the class action suit for desegregation of West Point City School System. Jackson co-founded the Prairie Minority Development Association, which provided assistance to minority businesses in a ten county area. Jackson was the first black to run for city Board of Selectmen and first black to run for State legislature during onset of civil rights movement. He was awarded “The Award of the Decade” by Clay County Chapter NAACP.

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West Point Hall of Fame