Eric Hackley interview with Eualeen Chapman, first black cheerleader of Central High School and first black cheerleader in the history of Fort Wayne. Mrs. Chapman also is well known for her political activism in the city.
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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.
Our community needs to come together to understand that it’s the next generation that we need to look out for. Teaching them how to communicate with each other as well as how to mingle with other races. But, I think what Frost does is bring about communication through the newspaper. If it wasn’t for Frost, our community wouldn’t be able to communicate within itself about different activities that go on within the African American community as far as successes, education, entertainment and positive stories. I’m really proud to be part of Fort Wayne and have Frost Illustrated as part of my life.
Eric Hackley: What have you learned today while being here at the Frost picnic?
Ticamarie: I’ve learned that don’t hate people, love them and you can learn things from new people.
Eric Hackley: You have been consistently saying that blacks need to pull together, speak out and express themselves. Over the years have we made any progress in that capacity? James Redmond: No! Perhaps, very minute. Very few people will speak out and I don’t know why that is. Some are afraid of screwing up their jobs and livelihood. Even when you have a job, you should speak out when right is right and wrong is wrong.