DIRECTOR: SAMUEL D. POLLARD
Q&A with Samuel Pollard.
In 1968, a year of assassinations, riots, and open racial animus, Maynard Jackson Jr. ran for a Georgia Senate seat against outspoken segregationist Herman Talmadge. He lost that fight but made his name, and in due time would become the Mayor of Atlanta and the first African-American Mayor of a major southern metropolis, overseeing that city's transformation from confederate holdout to a vibrant, modern, cosmopolitan city. Including testimonies from friends of the subject like Rev. Al Sharpton and Bill Clinton, Pollard's superb new documentary offers an inspiring, human, and comprehensive portrait of the figure sometimes called "the Obama before Obama," and his quiet revolutionization of politics in his native south.