Johnny Jackson Jr. Foundation is a public charity under the 501c3 Internal Revenue Code. The specific and primary purpose of the organization is to expand opportunities for City of New Orleans residents to obtain and/or acquire adequate housing. Although the foundation service area includes the City of New Orleans, immediate concentration will consist of areas represented by Johnny Jackson Jr. for more than 22 years. There are inclusive of Desire/Florida, Lower Ninth Ward and New Orleans East.
In furtherance, but not limited to, the foundation shall have the following powers: to solicit, collect and receive money and other assets, and to administer funds and contributions received by grants, gifts, deed, and any other lawful acquired money, securities, property, rights and services of every kind and description, and to hold, invest, expend, contribute, use, sell or otherwise dispose of money, securities, property, rights or services so acquired.
Johnny Jackson Jr. (September 19, 1943 – January 24, 2018) was an American politician. Jackson served as New Orleans city councilman, from 1986 to 1994.
Johnny Jackson Jr. was born September 19, 1943 at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, LA. He was the oldest son of Josephine Brown Jackson and Johnny Jackson, Sr., siblings Bruce, Brandon, Cynthia, Cheryl and Kevin. He graduated from George W. Carver Senior High in 1961. He earned his bachelor degree from Southern University at New Orleans in 1965 and his master’s degree in Social Work from Tulane University in 1980.
In 1968, he became director of the Desire Community Center. He was the center’s leader during the 1970 standoff between New Orleans police and members of the Black Panther Party, who used the center to offer breakfast, mentoring, and tutoring programs for area youth.
From there, leaders of the political organization SOUL recruited him to run for the Louisiana State Legislature. When elected to represent District 101 in 1971, he was the Legislature’s third African-American member. Soon after his election, Johnny became the New Orleans delegation’s floor leader and he was a founding member of the state’s Legislative Black Caucus. He served on the Louisiana State Legislature for 14 years. In 1986, Johnny Jackson was elected to the New Orleans City Council where he served for 8 years (two terms) due to term limitations.
On the city council, Johnny headed the housing committee.
He also drafted legislation aimed at ensuring equal treatment of the city’s gay and lesbian communities.
Johnny was a board member of Total Community Action Inc., New Orleans East Economic Development Foundation, Desire-Florida Area Community Council, Development Association of Wards and Neighborhoods, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, WWOZ, and the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club.
He was married to Ara Jean Parker and together had children Kevin, Jeanne, Johnann, Kenyatta and Johnny Jahi. They adopted Samantha Spears and raised a host of other children.
Jackson died on January 24, 2018.
Enhancing the quality of life for the residents of New Orleans through supporting clean and safe neighborhoods, and fostering youth and senior citizens programs
Engage in any and all lawful activities that maybe reasonably necessary in any of the aforementioned purposes;
Encourage all levels of government to provide services, incentives and improvements to stimulate the housing revitalization process;
Disseminate information concerning housing and community improvement programs;
Provide technical assistance in housing acquisitions;
Ensure communication between residents of the city, state, and federal government and financial institutions to promote cooperative efforts to prevent neighborhood deterioration;
Remove blight by purchasing/renovating/rebuilding properties and offering them back to the community for sale or lease;
Develop parks, playgrounds and youth centers.
Provide mentoring, scholarships, internships and stipends opportunities for youths;
Form collaborative partnerships with other Organizations, Businesses and Churches to serve the social needs of residents;
Ara "Jean" Jackson
James A. Gray II Milton McWilliams
Edward "Eddie" Scott
Kevin "KJ" Jackson
Advisory Board Liaison
Social Media Manager
Kenyatta Jackson Mearris
Johnny Jahi Jackson
Youth Activity Coordinator
Social Media Coordinator