The Case for Black With a Capital B



A Conversation with Tito Jackson

A Conversation with Tito Jackson
By Talia Whyte

I had a chance to talk to community activist Tito Jackson, who was the master of ceremonies at the 40th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast on Jan. 18. I first met up with Jackson when he ran for one of the four Boston city councilor at large seats last summer, when I did an interview with him for the Bay State Banner. Although he didn’t win, I found him to be a very intelligent and charismatic person, and someone who could have a bright future. After his failed bid, Gov. Patrick brought Jackson on to be the political director for his 2010 reelection campaign, which is seemingly a big job for a 34-year-old.
If there is one skill Jackson will bring to the Patrick campaign, it will be his use of social media to mobilize supporters. Like Obama, Jackson engaged large numbers of young, multiracial voters with many digital tools. His humility and sense of personal responsibility was also impressive. During the campaign, he took the initiative to lose at least 20 pounds through Zumba classes and going meatless once a week.
I was also intrigued with his interest in youth mentorship and enhancing science, technology and math instruction in public schools. This is discussion that needs to be discussed more in our community as the global economy changes rapidly and training for our youth is not moving at the same rate.
And how can I not mention that his name is Tito Jackson and seems to have a penchant for singing Michael Jackson songs. I think we are going to hear a lot more about Jackson in the years to come.
“We have an obligation to see what we want done here in the future,” he said during my Banner interview, before offering a slogan that references the King of Pop’s 1982 hit: “We want to be starting something.”