Raised in the segregated American South, Maynard Jackson, Jr. became the first black mayor of a major southern city, Atlanta, in 1973. The father and “enforcer” of affirmative action and voter turnout, Maynard crafted successful diversity, inclusion and engagement templates still practiced today, and transformed the reputation of Atlanta from the “heart of the Confederate south” to the cosmopolitan, progressive, and world-class city we know today. Directed by Samuel D. Pollard, whose documentary Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me is the Opening Night Documentary at this year’s festival, Maynard offers an introspective look into the life of the political and business titan who became America’s youngest mayor on his way to developing into a civil rights legend.

Film generously sponsored by the North Carolina Black Repertory Company/National Black Theatre Festival