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The Honor of a Lifetime: Speaking at my great, great, great grandfather’s church he co-founded 165 years ago

The Honor of a Lifetime: Speaking at my great, great, great grandfather’s church he co-founded 165 years ago

| April 4, 2016

By Eric D. Hackley On March 20, 2016, I had the honor of a lifetime. I was asked to speak on the Underground Railroad history of Mt. Calvary Church in Niles, Mich. Mt. Calvary was first organized in 1851 under the name of Second Baptist Church and was a member of the Anti-Slavery Baptist Association. […]

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Interview with Dean of Students Gralan Early, Music Instructor Bradford Smith

Interview with Dean of Students Gralan Early, Music Instructor Bradford Smith

| March 1, 2016

By Eric Hackley The following is an interview with Dean of Students Gralan Early and Music Instructor Bradford Smith at a local Fort Wayne school. These gentlemen are both education innovators and music activists. HACKLEY: Mr. Early, tell me about your job. What do you oversee? GRALAN EARLY: I am the dean of students. I […]

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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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A conversation with a ‘super’ dad, student leader daughter

A conversation with a ‘super’ dad, student leader daughter

| January 28, 2016

Editor’s note: The following is the second part of a two-part presentation of an interview Eric Hackley conducted with Rodney Clark along with an interview with Clark’s daughter, Dymani, a third grade student leader. ERIC HACKLEY: I know from interviewing with your daughter one on one, that she has your same fire and enthusiasm. How […]

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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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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: 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 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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