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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Meet Licensed Psychotherapist Ajuma K. Muhammad (Part one of two)

Meet Licensed Psychotherapist Ajuma K. Muhammad (Part one of two)

| May 26, 2016

Self-knowledge a key to liberation By Eric D. Hackley After my first conversation with Brother Sage of South Bend, Ind., he told me months ago that he had a former student whom he wanted me to meet and interview. Ladies and gentlemen, please meet Licensed Psychotherapist Ajuma K. Muhammed, and owner of Ajuma’s Counseling Services […]

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Interview with Black History Underground Railroad Historian Brother Sage of So. Bend, Ind.—Part two of two

Interview with Black History Underground Railroad Historian Brother Sage of So. Bend, Ind.—Part two of two

| May 17, 2016

By Eric D. Hackley Editor’s note: Last week, Brother Eric Hackley presented the first in a two part interview with historian Brother Sage of South Bend. In part one of that interview, Brother Sage discussed his only personal family history going all the way back to Africa and discussed the role of black people in […]

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Interview with Black History Underground Railroad Historian Brother Sage of So. Bend, Ind.—Part one of two

Interview with Black History Underground Railroad Historian Brother Sage of So. Bend, Ind.—Part one of two

| May 10, 2016

By Eric D. Hackley Sometimes it is necessary to go far, far away to a distant land—or to South Bend—to gain insight, wisdom and intellectual perspective as to how to link early American history to today’s life challenges, experiences and behavioral conditioning.   Ladies and gentlemen, please meet, listen to and explore the vision and […]

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Revisiting the wisdom of Eugene Parker: Opening youth opportunity beyond sports

Revisiting the wisdom of Eugene Parker: Opening youth opportunity beyond sports

| April 19, 2016

By Eric Hackley In approximately 1986, I had the distinct honor to interview the late Eugene Parker. He was one of the co-captains for a Walter Jordan Parade of Stars Basketball game. Our meeting took place during the after set at Link’s Wonderland. Eric Hackley: Eugene, tell us about how you prepared the athletes for […]

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The Honor of a Lifetime: Speaking at my great, great, great grandfather’s church he co-founded 165 years ago

The Honor of a Lifetime: Speaking at my great, great, great grandfather’s church he co-founded 165 years ago

| April 4, 2016

By Eric D. Hackley On March 20, 2016, I had the honor of a lifetime. I was asked to speak on the Underground Railroad history of Mt. Calvary Church in Niles, Mich. Mt. Calvary was first organized in 1851 under the name of Second Baptist Church and was a member of the Anti-Slavery Baptist Association. […]

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Interview with Dean of Students Gralan Early, Music Instructor Bradford Smith

Interview with Dean of Students Gralan Early, Music Instructor Bradford Smith

| March 1, 2016

By Eric Hackley The following is an interview with Dean of Students Gralan Early and Music Instructor Bradford Smith at a local Fort Wayne school. These gentlemen are both education innovators and music activists. HACKLEY: Mr. Early, tell me about your job. What do you oversee? GRALAN EARLY: I am the dean of students. I […]

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Empowering kids to make America great again: Interview with Richard A. Stevenson Sr., Wayne Township Trustee

Empowering kids to make America great again: Interview with Richard A. Stevenson Sr., Wayne Township Trustee

| February 24, 2016

By Eric Hackley Eric Hackley: Trustee, the reason I wanted to interview with you is, you speak frequently about self-empowerment and education as being key attributes to a revived and healthy Black Community.  Therefore, my question is, why do you feel it is important for kids to be involved in student elections where they receive […]

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Phil Ferguson of the Boy Scouts

Phil Ferguson of the Boy Scouts

| February 11, 2016

By Eric D. Hackley I am now speaking with Phil Ferguson, outreach coordinator with the Anthony Wayne Area Council of Boy Scouts of America. Eric Hackley: How long have you been working to build a Boy Scout troop with Fort Wayne Urban League youth? Phil Ferguson: I took over about three years ago. Before then, […]

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A talk with Francisco Townsend of the YMCA

A talk with Francisco Townsend of the YMCA

| February 3, 2016

By Eric D. Hackley ERIC HACKLEY: I’m now speaking with Francisco Townsend. Francisco what is actually is your capacity with the Fort Wayne YMCA? FRANCISCO TOWNSEND: I’m the youth international director for the YMCA at Fort Wayne. HACKLEY: Recently, we had the opportunity to meet with you concerning a special project the YMCA has with […]

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‘Super dad,’ student leader daughter share perspectives on creating better community

‘Super dad,’ student leader daughter share perspectives on creating better community

| January 19, 2016

Presenting the views of concerned parents and children of the Fort Wayne Urban League After School Program. This Interview features Super Dad Rodney Clark and Student Leader Daughter Dymani. By Eric D. Hackley First, I would like for you to meet Brother Rodney Clark. I met Mr. Clark after I interviewed his third grade student […]

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