Honoring the Life and Contributions of Hattie Elie Jacksonby Representative Steve Cohen
Posted on 2013-02-06
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Mr. COHEN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the life and
contributions of Mrs. Hattie Elie Jackson, a Memphis educator, a devout
woman of faith and a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. An Arkansas
native, Mrs. Jackson graduated from Arkansas AM&N College, and obtained
her master's degree at Columbia University in New York. She received
further graduate-level education at the University of Chicago, and
finally obtained her Education Specialist degree from the University of
Tennessee at Knoxville.
Mrs. Jackson used her extensive education and many talents to serve and nurture the Memphis community. For 25 years she presided as principal over Double Tree Elementary School, inspiring young hearts, and helping to shape the minds of local luminaries such as former Memphis Congressman, Harold Ford, Jr. She was a devoted member of St. Andrew AME church, and played an active and energetic role in her faith community. She was the former first lady of St. Andrew AME Church, where she served as a trustee, Sunday school teacher and President of the Ruth Circle Club.
Mrs. Jackson was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement and in the Memphis Sanitation Strike of 1968. In 2004, she was inspired to write and publish an account of her personal recollection of the Sanitation Strike, entitled 65 Dark Days in '68. Her primary purpose in recording her memories, thoughts and feelings was to educate younger and future generations as to what transpired in 1968, and to inspire them to continue to strive for greater things.
Mrs. Hattie Jackson passed away on January 13, 2013 at 88 years of age. She leaves to cherish her memory two daughters and their husbands, Zita and Glenn Blankenship, and Cheri and Joseph Harrell as well as five grandchildren, two great granddaughters, a host of loving and supportive nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends. I extend my heartfelt appreciation for the life and work of Hattie Elie Jackson. Hers was a life well-lived.