He has a gift for building relationships; people have long gravitated to him.
“I’m the sum total,” Jackson said, “of all of the people who have spoke life into me.”Voters in Roxbury and parts of Dorchester, the Fenway, and the South End have elected Jackson four times to the Boston City Council, after he fell short of winning a citywide seat in 2009.
Herb Jackson, who died in 2002 at age 63, opened one of the city’s first black-owned cab companies and was an environmentalist who ran a recycling business.
His evenings were busy with neighborhood meetings, to which he sometimes brought young Tito.
Herbert Jackson was born in Boston in 1939, and grew up a foster child in Plympton, a small town south of Boston.
Herb Jackson liked helping people, and became a “real roll up your sleeves, get down in the weeds, grass-roots activist,” said Charles R.
His father was a community activist for worker and minority rights.
Faith is great, but there’s an African proverb: ‘When you pray, move your feet.’ It is so critical for me to step forward and not only say, but most importantly to do.”Politically, he is a progressive Democrat with the instincts of a community organizer, inherited from his late father, Herb, whose example over decades molded Jackson into an activist.
The registration drives were meant to build a voter base capable of boosting candidates of color into office, Stith said. Four years later, Jean Mc Guire became the city’s first black school committeewoman.
That same year, 1981, Bruce Bolling was the first African-American elected to City Council in a decade.
Usually dressed in a suit and hard to miss at 6-foot-2 and 265 pounds, Jackson is forgoing what looked to be an easy reelection to the council, choosing instead an underdog mayoral bid against the incumbent, Walsh.
If he wins, Jackson would become the first black mayor of Boston, a majority-minority city that has not had a black mayoral candidate on the November ballot since Mel King in 1983.