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.
Some blacks are afraid to speak out because of their mental enslavement and unwillingness to participate in community activities. I think it’s a shame that we have blacks like that here in Fort Wayne. I feel sorry for them for living in fear. I make it a point to attend everything about black people because I like to know what’s happening.
Despite some criticism of clergy organizations such as the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, the Rev. Michael Latham said such organizations are needed if the community is going to thrive. “There needs to be a group of pastors that meets together on a regular basis to discuss our community spiritually and what can we do together as African American Christian leaders to decide what we ought to do,” said Latham. He said those clergy need to pray together regularly and then act on their faith once God sends guidance to the group.
I’m DJ Polaris and I was born and raised right here in Fort Wayne, Ind., in the mid ’70s and I was always surrounded by music because my parents always played it. They had everything from R&B, blues and soft rock, since hip hop was just starting, so they played the classics
I think anytime there’s an opportunity for the black community to get together to celebrate and acknowledge something positive, I think it’s a serious statement for the rest of the black community and it’s a serious statement that we need to get together more often on a positive tip to celebrate us being here. The fact that it’s a celebration and an acknowledgement of a Black Media is incredibly important because the Black Media has always been vitally important to the black community.
Pastor Michael Latham of Renaissance Baptist Church has a saying: “When God calls you do something, you really don’t want to do it.” According to Latham, who’s been in the ministry nearly 40 years, a person knows when God has asked him or her to perform an important task because it’s difficult and seemingly impossible until one realizes that He will provide the means to get the job done.
Renowned musician talks about his band’s good experiences at American Legion Post 148 in Fort Wayne in the wake of a shooting that occurred in the parking lot of the veterans’ organization after it had closed for the night and about media mischaracterization of the incident and the community organization.
After 300 years of Willie Lynch and the beginning of the “New Era” of Generational Self-Perpetuating Slave Mentality, Eric Hackley and Jihad Shabazz, both Indiana State University Graduates, co-author the “NEW” Social Science of Lynchology.
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Eric Hackley talks with Wayne Township Trustee Richard Stevenson, retired FWCS Educator Velvet Brooks and retired laborer Archie Smith. All three graduated Central High School during the Civil Rights Movement and during the time of the March on Washington and went on to be successful in their respective careers.