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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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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A conversation about youth with FWUL’s Jonathan Ray

A conversation about youth with FWUL’s Jonathan Ray

| January 13, 2016

By Eric D. Hackley Eric Hackley: I would like to present the President/CEO of the Fort Wayne Urban League Jonathan C. Ray. Jonathan, I’ve been working with your After School program for here at the Urban League.  When you originally conceptualized this program for young people, what  was your intention? Jonathan Ray: What we really […]

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Introducing Mrs. Robinson, after school parent activist

Introducing Mrs. Robinson, after school parent activist

| November 25, 2015

By Eric Hackley Mrs. Robinson has three children who attend the Fort Wayne Urban League After School Program. She and I discuss an education model that was created to stimulate self-directedness within young blacks while engaging them conceptually in the political economic process. The following conversation explains in part how we intend to achieve this: […]

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Video interview with Rose Broadnax on Justice or Else march

Video interview with Rose Broadnax on Justice or Else march

| November 19, 2015

By Eric D. Hackley Click here to read the transcript Brother Rose the Home Repair Contractor discusses the liberating potential of the “Justice or Else” Movement. He discusses the ways we were brainwashed and the eradication of “slave mentality.” He also discusses the involvement of the Whites, Indians, Mexicans and others. Brother Rose and I […]

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