What originally gave you the idea to start an African American Museum?
Hanna Stith: In 1975 when Fort Wayne began to celebrate America’s bicentennial, there were no blacks involved in the actual planning of the 1976 celebration, America’s 200th anniversary.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s a pleasure to be back here on Hackonomics. You know, the last time I was here on Hackonomics, I was an angrier young man because I was pretty much fed up with these systems that people fall prey to. And, what you’re gonna find is that people choose the systems of governmrnt religion, entertainment, education.
I count it a blessing to be here today. I did not come here to speak. I’m just here as an observer. I was touched by the lady that gave a grand testimony on how All Mighty God delivers. I was also dazzled by the brother who got up and expressed the effort to end Willie Lynch and all the practitioners of this diabolical scheme against human beings.
THE HACKLEY REPORT by Eric Donald Hackley—Interview with Scott Williams, son of Jesse Williams, founder of Jesse & Sons Barber Shop—the oldest black-owned barbershop in Fort Wayne
Eric Hackley presents the Rev. Charles Martin, to “share with you my personal experience in the hope that through the illustration of my life, someone may glean some information that would contribute to their life and help them to see that it is possible to overcome difficult and challenging situations in life.”
Hakim Muhammad gives personal insights into the taboo subject of white supremacy, a concept that’s hardly ever discussed openly in the Fort Wayne black Community.
To make a long story short, we have been taught a system of fear and intimidation from the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade and the different mechanisms and psychological methods that were perpetuated on us during our sojourn to America. This has been an ongoing theme from generation to generation where we fear the loss of a job, position or title in order to have things. We sacrifice what is in the best interest of us as a people for us to be really free and have the same equal rights and mandates of other people.
As you can see today, we have blacks coming together. The more we do this, the more and more people will come out. This is the beginning of what’s about to come. Blacks are starting to stand up, we’re getting more educated and young people are seeing what the streets are doing and they’re not liking it. Don’t get me wrong, we have rotten apples, but even with that, there’s help with them. Within all nationalities, there are rotten apples who commit to violence and do the things they shouldn’t do. But, I see hope for us. I see us coming up.