Author Archive: Eric Donald Hackley

Eric Hackley is a veteran independent journalist, television show host and producer focusing largely on history, particularly family history in the black community. His award-winning public access television shows have featured a host of local and national icons. Hackley can be contacted at hackonomicstv@gmail.com.

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Peggy Woodford Forbes: Wall St. history maker

Peggy Woodford Forbes: Wall St. history maker

| February 19, 2015

By Eric D. Hackley As part of my 2015 Black History Month Salute to descendants of Rev. J.W. Hackley of Niles, Mich., I’d like to present this interview with Peggy Woodford Forbes at the late 1990s Hackley Family Reunion outside Kalamazoo, Mich. That was my first time ever meeting Peggy. Her grandmother Bessie Hackley Woodford […]

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2015 New Black History—Lymon’s Law: Know your rights

2015 New Black History—Lymon’s Law: Know your rights

| February 11, 2015

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from a speech and personal interview given during a recent Black Community Forum organized by Eric Hackley for speakers to address their concerns and solutions to problems not normally heard. By Retired Indiana State Police Officer Terry Lymon I think… I know the reason that officers are doing […]

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A Black History Month salute to abolitionist the Rev. J.W. Hackley (1807-1856)

A Black History Month salute to abolitionist the Rev. J.W. Hackley (1807-1856)

| February 5, 2015

By Eric D. Hackley—The Rev. John William Hackley was my great, great, great grandfather who was born in Culpeper, Va., in 1807. He was a barber, carpenter and Baptist preacher.
His parents were Francis (mulatto) and British American Lieutenant John Hackley.

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Video: Eric Hackley interview with Dorothy Cole

Video: Eric Hackley interview with Dorothy Cole

| January 17, 2015

Ms. Cole discusses how she was abused as a 3 year-old child at home by her parents to the extent that she didn’t have the opportunity to worry about Mississippi racism, segregation, lynchings, politics and Historic White Supremacists.

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Fort Wayne Black History Conversations: Dorothy Cole discusses earliest memories growing up in Benoit, Miss.

Fort Wayne Black History Conversations: Dorothy Cole discusses earliest memories growing up in Benoit, Miss.

| January 14, 2015

Overcoming the trauma of abuse ERIC HACKLEY: What are your earliest memories? DOROTHY COLE: I can remember my mom buying flour and cornmeal in 25-pound bags.  And, what they did was made me a cotton sack out of the flour bag. I wasn’t allowed to chop cotton, but I was picking cotton at the age of three. […]

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Video: Eric Hackley interviews Mrs. King on good credit

Video: Eric Hackley interviews Mrs. King on good credit

| January 7, 2015

In my years of being in business, Mrs. King has the highest credit scores that I have ever seen. In this interview, Mrs. King shares her philosophical insights into how she lives comfortably and basically stress free, knowing that creditors and banks are lined up anxiously waiting to loan her whatever amount of money she wants.

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Where’s ‘Black Justice’ in Fort Wayne?

Where’s ‘Black Justice’ in Fort Wayne?

| January 6, 2015

  By Eric D. Hackley In this instance, I am not questioning the absence of Justice for Black people in Fort Wayne, Indiana and America. I’m asking a question of, where’s the Brother who was holding the protest sign indicating the need for “Black Justice.” This gentleman had some very legitimate concerns that should be […]

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Fort Wayne Black History Conversations: Mrs. King and financial liberation

Fort Wayne Black History Conversations: Mrs. King and financial liberation

| January 2, 2015

By Eric D. Hackley I recently had a very interesting conversation with Mrs. King, a Central High School graduate and retiree from the Indiana State Development Center, commonly known as State School. This is what she had to say: ERIC HACKLEY: Mrs. King many of us folks with a history in Fort Wayne know about […]

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Happy New Year 2015

Happy New Year 2015

| January 1, 2015

By Eric D. Hackley Dear Readers of Frost Illustrated and the Hackley Report: I’ve sincerely enjoyed challenging the local downtown statuesque mindset and the Willie Lynch Slave Mentality of scared blacks in Fort Wayne who are praying to Jesus waiting on Him to perform the miracle of Universal Love, Peace and Tranquility.  And, I’m also […]

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End of 2014 Black Community Forum at the Pontiac Branch Library

End of 2014 Black Community Forum at the Pontiac Branch Library

| December 22, 2014

FORT WAYNE—Television show host and journalist Eric Hackley is scheduled to host an “End of the 2014″ open mic Black Community Forum and conduct individual interviews from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.,  Friday, Dec. 26 and Saturday Dec. 27 at the Pontiac Branch Library 2215 S. Hanna St.  All are welcome and admission is free. […]

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