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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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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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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