For a few inspirational minutes this morning, the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors meeting chamber in Martinez felt like church.
Poet, songwriter, civil rights activist and musician Fred Jackson, of Richmond, was sounding more like a preacher than the extraordinarily humble volunteer the charismatic, gray-haired man has been for so many years.
“Red and yellow, black and white, we are all precious in God’s sight,” Jackson preached. “I believe that. I believe that.”
The “amens” punctuated the room as Jackson responded to the county’s proclamation honoring his community service. Last week, the county named a street after him, “Fred Jackson Way,” in honor of Jackson’s way of thinking about community service and being an American.
Richmond Neighborhood House director Barbara Becnel calls him a “saint on earth,” and she’s right.