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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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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Governor Pence, you should be ashamed of yourself

Governor Pence, you should be ashamed of yourself

| April 14, 2015

By Eric D. Hackley Participants in the HackonomicsTV Fort Wayne City Council Candidates forum addressed Indiana Governor Mike Pence shortly after he first signed RFRA into Indiana Law—before Pence backtracked by asking legislators to write an amendment “clarifying” the intent of the bill. This is what they had to say: Cathy Cross, City Council At-Large: […]

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Inclusiveness: Good for business, good for racial healing

Inclusiveness: Good for business, good for racial healing

| March 31, 2015

Editor’s note: The following analysis by journalist, television producer and writer Eric Hackley is a followup to a previous interview Mr. Hackley conducted with Courtney Tritch, vice president of marketing for the NE Indiana Regional Partnership. Here, Mr. Hackley makes a case for making the partnership’s business plan more historically accurate and inclusive: Again, I […]

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‘Our Story: The Creation of an Identity for NE Indiana’

‘Our Story: The Creation of an Identity for NE Indiana’

| March 24, 2015

By Eric D. Hackley I’m speaking with Courtney Tritch, vice president of marketing for the NE Indiana Regional Partnership. The NE Indiana Regional Partnership was formed in 2006 to help build a globally competitive economy in a 10-county region in Northeast Indiana. It is a public-private partnership focused on generating business leads and building regional capacity […]

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