In 1964, Richard Jackson left Rochester, New York on a bus and arrived in Ottawa, Kansas sight unseen
Four years later, after graduating from Ottawa University, he made Ottawa his home and has spent more than fifty years serving the community, focusing on youth, adequate and affordable housing, while raising his voice in local and state government on behalf of the poor.
In his memoir, Ward of The Court, Richard tells of growing up in foster homes, coming to Ottawa, and serving at the local and state level in organizations that addressed the issues of poverty and discrimination. In these pages, Richard shares words of wisdom from lessons learned along the way and concerns he has for our country as he continues to serve his community after his retirement. You will also read stories from family, colleagues, and friends of how Richard has impacted their lives through a life of integrity and public service.