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Tito Jackson Swearing In March 26, 2011

Posted:  Nancy J Conrad
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Tito Jackson's campaign team, advisors and supporters put together a truly top notch agenda for celebration in the heart of District 7, at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury.  It lasted a full three hours from noon until 3 PM during which time people mingled, ate, were entertained and finally, what everybody came for, watched Tito Jackson's swearing in. 

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Tito Jackson swearing in The doors opened at noon and already the food was waiting for people to stop by and fill their plates with chicken, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, collard greens and yams, the best we've ever eaten.  Many more people than could be seated entered the halls and crowded around the sides and the back of the room.

Kobie Evans, Master of Ceremonies, was charming in his role of making announcements and introducing us to all of the young people.  The program began officially at 1 PM with all of the entertainment from community-based young people. 
  • The Victory Generation After School Program from the 12th Baptist Church danced to a couple numbers and
  • Their Chris O'Connor led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. 
  • Lisa Bello sang the national anthem. 
  • Markie sang a new rendition of Ave Maria both on stage and on bended knee to Tito Jackson's mother, Rosa Jackson. 
  • Tyreke Qualls performed hip-hop dance and
  • Lila was prodigious with her ability to rap. 
  • Finally, Dwijuana Reid sang "His Eye Is on the Sparrow."
The next event was a 15 minute call to relax, enjoy your neighbor and get more food - what was left of it - while Tito's team setup the stage to accommodate a special meeting of the Boston City Council.  When the tables, chairs and podium were set, all eyes turned to the back of the room to watch the Boston City Council enter ceremoniously and walk onto the stage, taking their positions as comfortably as they might in their normal City Hall setting.

Steve Murphy, President of the City Council, gaveled the meeting to order: "The Council will come to order.  The clerk will ascertain the presence of quorum." 

Pastor Frazier gave the invocation. 

Let's bow our heads and let's pray. 

Father God, we thank thee for this wonderful occasion.  We pray right now for our elected officials, our mayor.  We pray for their families and everything pertaining to them, God, that you would bless them and give them wisdom.  God, we thank you for this special young man, Tito Jackson, and those who have planted into his life. 

We pray that in the name of Jesus that you would just bless him and give him wisdom beyond his years to meet the needs of this particular community, for the city, as well as the Commonwealth.  We pray for District 7 that they will go forward and do great things. 

Lord God, I pray that they would look forward and see great things.  We pray that jobs will be created.  We pray that families will come together.  We pray for the greatness in this community.  Amen.

We all said the Pledge of Allegiance and the City Clerk read through important documents relevant to the proceedings.  Then Mayor Menino took the podium. 

We wish Tito good luck as he starts his journey.  I'd like to recognize his mother, Rosa, who is here.  I'd also like to recognize his father, Tito Jackson , who was out working for the rights of people for so many years. 

We gather today, a day of celebration for Tito and his family. He worked hard to get here.  He is a young man who has vision; he has compassion; and he is one who understands the issues of this district.  He's been out there on the job with Gov. Duval Patrick.  Any job Tito takes on, he puts his whole mind and body into it. 
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I'm here to say to you: "Better days are ahead for this district."  When you see Tito out in the streets, he's always got that big smile on his face.  He always says: "Hi, how can I help you?"  I always say to him: "What are you doing for the people?"  Let me tell you folks, people are the most important part of the elected official's agenda.  With Tito Jackson, the first thing out of his mouth is always: "I want to help people."  That's why he is going to be one outstanding young man in the City of Boston.  He thinks about people and how he can make a difference in people's lives every day.

So today we have a celebration - a celebration of community - people who have lifted Tito from an activist to be an elected official.  He will work with all of you to change, I guarantee over the next years.  Working with myself and with my colleagues behind me, you will see a lot of changes happening.  But we have to work together.  This is about collaboration.  It's not about islands unto themselves.  The way we are going to accomplish things in this community, anywhere in the City of Boston, is through collaboration. 

We have a lot of opportunities but with the power we have in this room, we can accomplish a lot.  I look forward to the day that we have a celebration of the programs we have out there, some of the Dudley programs, how we make that work - the education of our children, the Dearborn, all those things.  We're going to be there.  I know Tito will be leading the fight - all of us working together, hand-in-hand, arm in arm, to make a difference in the young people's lives of this district. 

Thank you very much.

Mayor Menino served Tito Jackson the oath of office while Rosa Jackson held the Jackson Family Bible and Tito took the oath.
Council President Murphy, I'd like to thank you for the idea of having the event in the community.  I picked the location, but you brought up the fact that we could do it downtown but I'm not from downtown.  I'm from Roxbury.

Residents of District 7 and other people from around the City of Boston, my heartfelt thanks for your continued support.  And to my campaign team, your commitment and dedication to one of the toughest and coldest winters ever is shown by this resounding win and this resounding solidarity and unity that we have here today.
And I'd like to thank my family.  I'd like to thank my father.  I stand on his shoulders and walk in his footsteps.  I'm now at the age when your parents become a "right."  I thank him for creating jobs for people in our community, for opening doors for women, minorities  and Boston residents so they could have jobs, too.  And Dad, I hope you're proud of me.  I'd also like to thank my Aunt Bertha.  She's been like a second mother to me.  I needed two - that's how much trouble I was in.  Many of you know her. She baked 200 loaves of banana bread for the 2009 campaign.  This year she stands here a survivor.  Aunt Bertha. through this campaign. was going to chemotherapy.  She beat her colon cancer.  Tito Jackson Swearing In

Finally, to my mother, Rosa Jackson - I get to say her first name while I'm up here.  Mom, I would not be who I am, the man that I am, or stand in this place without you.  For all that you did in the most difficult times to keep her family together, to keep us safe when things weren't safe around our house and to keep our family unified and together.  I thank you so much and I know I'm adopted and you chose me.  I'm really grateful for that.

Ladies and gentlemen, we come together in this historic hall as the leaders of our collective future.  Today we write a new chapter in the story of our lives, the stories of our neighborhood and the story of this great city.  To make the story great, we have to work together.  As your councilor, I will focus my energy on helping residents find good paying jobs and supporting economic development.  The best way to track these types of jobs and new businesses is a revitalization of Dudley Square, beginning with the Ferdinand building. 

I look forward to working with Mayor Menino in the coming months to ensure the construction begins and that the residents from the neighborhood I represent get jobs and get an economic opportunity.  But the Ferdinand is just the first step.  We need a combination of companies moving in and local businesses growing as well as new businesses opening.  I said earlier in the campaign and I still contend today: a revitalized district 7 means a stronger and a better Boston. 

As a candidate I visited many schools in District 7 and I listened to many parents and students.  I understand their hopes and their dreams.  These conversations affirm my commitment to lifelong learning and the need to close the achievement gap.  We need to invest and focus more on early childhood education and this will be the foundation of my young people for their academic success and excellence.  So that's why I  propose Roxbury Reads, a program that will focus on literacy.  Literacy is key and is a huge component in the learning process.  Roxbury Reads is an initiative that aims to level the playing field.  I am hopeful that all of you will join me in this effort to promote literacy and lifelong learning.  Our children are our future and I and will do everything I can to make sure they succeed. 

Two months ago I stood in this very place and on this very stage and announced my candidacy for district 7 city Council.  Today, I proudly stand here before you as your new district 7 city councilor and your new voice in City Hall.  I'll be there to work with the mayor, my fellow counselors and, most importantly, all of you to help district 7 reach its full potential.  And you know what, if district 7 reaches its full potential, and then Boston will reach its full potential:  good jobs to world-class schools are part of Boston where we acknowledge our individual past while looking towards a shared future, a new Boston where we talk not only about our problems but our possibilities, a new Boston, not simply a pass-through but a cultural and economic destination. 

I am eager to start working on this vision that I laid out nearly 2 months ago - district 7 filled with the bright lights of new businesses, safer streets and world-class schools.  That is our common cause, and I know together, we will make it happen. 

Thank you and God bless.  

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