Maurice Jackson


Associate Professor


Department of History
In the news

In the news

  • “It is obvious when gentrification comes that the many people coming in do not understand that people are being displaced, and generally what we would expect of people is that they would want these neighborhoods to be diverse. The response has to be to creating mixed neighborhoods,” said Maurice Jackson, associate professor of History, on the need for fair housing practices by Department of Housing and Urban Development. Obama, HUD Take on Racism in Housing July 11, 2015, Daily Beast
  • "He gave a great appreciation for the working man. So he was able to relate to those on high and those on low and God knows in DC, then and now, one has to be able to manipulate that," Maurice Jackson, associate professor of history, on how Carter G. Woodson came to be known as the "Father of Black History." The Local Roots And International Reach Of Black History Month February 17, 2015, NPR: The Kojo Nnamdi Show
  • "As the makeup of the city changes, many black voters worry that issues important to them, such as job programs and affordable housing, won't be a priority for future mayors," Maurice Jackson, associate professor of history on the DC mayoral race. DC mayoral hopefuls tapping into concerns of city's longtime residents November 1, 2014, Los Angeles Times
  • Oral histories “capture the essence of a people. They capture the soul, the struggle, the humor and music,” Maurice Jackson, professor of history, on the oral history of DC's U Street corridor. The voices of U Street’s ‘Black Broadway’ days are fading. Time to hit record. August 27, 2014, The Washington Post
  • Maurice Jackson, professor of history, comments on how Jazz music affected the racial history of Washington, DC. D.C. Jazz History May 13, 2014, WAMU
  • "This act comes fifty years ago and in many ways, was the culmination of the struggles for African Americans and allies- whites, women, many others- to achieve the promises of the Emancipation Proclamation or of the Constitution itself," Maurice Jackson, professor of history, on the significance of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act April 11, 2014, C-SPAN
  • “In my own personal opinion, there are no mandates, no issues people felt that stuck out one more than the other. The only thing that is obvious is that what people do want is honesty in government," Maurice Jackson, professor of history, on low voter turnout in the 2014 DC mayoral primary. In D.C. mayor’s race, Round 2 begins for Muriel Bowser April 2, 2014, The Washington Post
  • Maurice Jackson, professor of history, discusses the role of music, especially jazz, in the desegregation of Washington, D.C. Great Black Music and the Desegregation of Washington, DC February 5, 2014, OCT
  • “Nearly 80 years ago, two young Turkish brothers arrived in a deeply segregated Washington, D.C., and set on a course to help change race relations in America…The lesson of Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun says as much about America as it does about those two remarkable men and their origins,” Maurice Jackson, professor of history, on how these brothers used music to affect American race relations. Remembering the Turkish brothers who helped change race relations in America November 1, 2013, The Hill
  • “Why is it that we see buildings popping up all over the place but we don’t see affordable housing? As African-American families move out, other African-American families cannot afford to move in,” Maurice Jackson, professor of history, on the declining African-American population in Washington, DC. Georgetown Scholar to Lead Exploration of Black Washington for D.C. Government August 29, 2013, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
  • “The top 5 percent of D.C.’s households earn an average of $473,000 a year, the highest amount among the 50 largest U.S. cities. The bottom 20 percent earn $9,100. In the District, the rise in poverty has occurred fully among blacks and Latinos, and the rise of affluence has occurred only among whites and some blacks,” Maurice Jackson, professor of history, on measures DC should be taking to fight inequality. In a city with a rich history, more must be done to promote equality August 22, 2013, The Washington Post
  • "It's something bigger because Trayvon Martin is all of our sons. He's the son of all people who are African-American and of those who are conscious of what it means to be black in America," Maurice Jackson, professor of history, on how race played a role in the George Zimmerman trial. Analysis: The race factor in George Zimmerman's trial July 15, 2013, CNN
  • "I think this is very important to black people because it brings to mind their worst fears that this could happen to their sons. You have a kid with everything going for him, doing no harm, and going about his business, and all of a sudden he is marked," Maurice Jackson, professor of history, on why the public has shown heightened interest in the Zimmerman trial. In Zimmerman trial, it's a jury of millions July 9, 2013, CNN
  • Maurice Jackson, professor of history, comments on the role slavery had in the establishment of Washington, DC as the US capital. Dreams and more New Columbia June 23, 2013, Politika
  • "You can't ask a man or woman starting at the thirty yard dash to catch up with someone who starts at the seventy," Maurice Jackson, professor of history, on a new study showing the growing wealth disparity between African-Americans and whites in the last 25 years. Gap Between Race and Wealth Widens March 8, 2013, RT America
  • "What is missing in today's discussion is a determined debate about how to provide educational and housing opportunities for blacks, so we can stem the tide of reverse migration." Maurice Jackson, associate professor of history, on the recent reverse migration of blacks from the District of Columbia. Pricing the Soul Out of Washington, D.C. June 18, 2012, The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • “Unlike most whites of his time, Benezet sought to change the condition of the chained and the oppressed." Maurice Jackson, associate professor of history, on abolitionist leader Anthony Benezet's contributions to racial freedom and equality. A man who never lost his convictions May 21, 2012, New York Daily News
  • "This city has evolved as a center of black advancement, education, social discourse and, most significantly, political empowerment." Maurice Jackson, associate professor of history, on the vibrant African American culture in Washington. Emancipation Day 2012: More meaningful than ever April 13, 2012, The Washington Post