Renowned Richmond peace activist, songwriter, author and poet Fred Jackson died today after a long battle with cancer.
No one could meet Fred and walk away unaffected. He was like a blazing sun that never set. Kind and warm, he shone the best light on people.
Here is the note Contra Costa County just sent out:
“It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Fred Jackson. Fred succumbed to his battle with cancer on Thursday morning, September 08, 2011 at the Vale Healthcare Center in San Pablo.
Fred Jackson leaves behind his legacy as a peace and social justice activist for his community which he loved so much. On August 25th 2011, he attended the Community Action Partnership National Convention Awards Gala where he received recognition for his many years of service and social engagement. The volunteer recognition award captured of essence of the legacy he leaves behind and his deep love for humanity. In words written by Fred, read by his sister Dorothy at the Gala, “…I have fully engaged in doing all I can to transform my generation to the best it can be…”
Long-time friend of Contra Costa County and the Community Services Bureau Community Action program, Fred Jackson is remembered for the message of peace and hope that he spread in our community. His presence will be missed.
Details of the funeral arrangements to follow.
Interim Division Manager
Contra Costa County Community Services
Employment and Human Services Department.