A tribute to Gerald Jackson Sr.
Having filmed romance author Brenda Jackson and her husband, Gerald Jackson Sr., over the past few years, filmmaker Laurie Kahn would like to offer a tribute to Gerald Sr., who passed away in 2013.
A tribute to Gerald Jackson Sr., who will be missed by all who knew him
Brenda Jackson: During the late ’80s, early ’90s, publishers were not accepting African American love stories. I was told that there was no market, I was even told by an editor that there is no such thing as black love. I was not happy about it, because I felt like I was an example of black love. My husband and I, we dated, we had the typical childhood romance.
Gerald Jackson Sr.: Well, it’s so long. Me and her have been together since she was, oh, 14 years old, I was 16 years old.
Brenda Jackson: And I did, at 14, I fell in love. And I know a lot of mothers don’t want to hear that, but I did. I met this young man, and at 15 he gave me this ring, my going steady ring. And I still wear it today, and next week we will celebrate our 39th year of marriage.
Gerald and Brenda Jackson were a couple for 46 years
[Footage from the Brenda Jackson Cruise, Alaska, 2013]
Gerald Jackson, to a crowd of his wife’s fans: Everybody having a good time?
Gerald Jackson: You’ve got the queen of romance, my wife, Brenda Jackson! You all hear what I say?
[Footage from the premiere of Truly Everlasting, Jacksonville, FL, 2011]
Brenda Jackson, to the premiere audience: And I would be very, very remiss if I didn’t recognize the one, the only, the incomparable Mr. Soul Explosion from 1967, Gerald Jackson Sr. [looks up to Gerald in the audience, as he waves]
Gerald Jackson Sr, 1951-2013