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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How the ‘Justice or Else’ Million Man March impacted visionary insights of Rose Broadnax, home repair contractor

How the ‘Justice or Else’ Million Man March impacted visionary insights of Rose Broadnax, home repair contractor

| November 17, 2015

Part three of a three-part series By Eric Hackley Click here to watch video of this interview Rose and I attended the first Million March and have been discussing the concept and impact over the past 20 years.  Today’s conversation was as enlightening to me as our first conversation. Eric Hackley: Why did you attend […]

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Interview with Nicole King

Interview with Nicole King

| November 10, 2015

Video by Eric Hackley Fort Wayne Activist/Educator and Lady Leader Nicole King shares the very personal side of the “Justice or Else” Washington, DC March and why she not only had to attend, but why she took her children.

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Interview with Nicole King: Sister wants to undo the slave mentality

Interview with Nicole King: Sister wants to undo the slave mentality

| November 10, 2015

By Eric D. Hackley Editor’s note: The following is the second installment in a three-part series writer, historian and television producer Eric Hackley has developed to find out and share with the public why some Fort Wayne residents went to the recent Justice Or Else march commemorating the 20th anniversary of the MIllion Man March […]

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Interview with Ms. Skye Grigsby, lady activist, leader

Interview with Ms. Skye Grigsby, lady activist, leader

| November 3, 2015

What the “Justice or Else” Million Man March means to Fort Wayne black men and women Part one of a three-part series By Eric D. Hackley A few weeks ago, as I was leaving Aldi’s on the south side of Fort Wayne, a young lady stopped me and made a kind remark about liking to […]

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The Hackley Report: Notes from the Rev. Carlton Lynch leadership coronation—keynote address by the Rev. Al Sharpton

The Hackley Report: Notes from the Rev. Carlton Lynch leadership coronation—keynote address by the Rev. Al Sharpton

| September 28, 2015

By Eric D. Hackley  Notes from the Sept. 21, Fort Wayne news conference with the Rev. Al Sharpton  Brett Thomas WANE-TV NewsChannel 15:  I wanted to ask you about the National Action Network. Sharpton: We have chapters in 102 cities that deal with civil rights, urban violence and economic issues in terms of finding jobs and […]

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The Rev. Al Sharpton’s complete speech and sermon

The Rev. Al Sharpton’s complete speech and sermon

| September 25, 2015

By Eric Hackley Editor’s note: On Sept. 21, noted civil rights activist, news talk television host and minister the Rev. Al Sharpton visited Fort Wayne at the invitation of local activist the Rev. Carlton Lynch. The accompanying video shot by veteran producer, reporter and writer Eric D. Hackley contains the Rev. Sharpton’s full presentation to […]

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Activist Sharpton comes to town

Activist Sharpton comes to town

| September 7, 2015

Does Fort Wayne need outside black leadership? By Eric D. Hackley Well known civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. on Sept. 21 at Come As You Are Community Church, 7910 S Anthony Blvd. I spoke with the Rev. Carlton Lynch and Wayne Township Trustee Richard Stevenson Sr. […]

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Evolution of a warrior and his mindset: Interview with Sensei Dwight Laster

Evolution of a warrior and his mindset: Interview with Sensei Dwight Laster

| August 26, 2015

By Eric D. Hackley (See video of the interview at bottom of page) ERIC HACKLEY: Recently over at Southgate Plaza right before Mel Odom introduced us, he and I were discussing you. I told him that I had wanted to interview you about your family and the so-called 30 year old “Black Jessies” stigma that […]

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Fort Wayne North Side and the ‘Redskins’ issue

Fort Wayne North Side and the ‘Redskins’ issue

| August 5, 2015

Interview with school board president Mark GiaQuinta on the controversial name By Eric Hackley “There are a lot of things that history has done to demean the Native North American people in general, not just the Miami.  What we choose and try to correct, we have to pick our battles.  We have to pick the battles […]

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Ellis funeral brings back neighborhood memories

Ellis funeral brings back neighborhood memories

| April 28, 2015

By Eric Hackley

Today I attended the funeral of Juanita Ellis. I spent my first eight or nine years living next door to Ellis Funeral Home. Mrs. Ellis has known me longer than I’ve known me.

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