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“It Takes a Village to Raise a Child”—But It Takes Men to Build a Man

July 10, 2017

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Hal Jackson was an African American business leader, disc jockey and radio personality who broke the color barriers in American radio broadcasting. He was born on November 3, 1915 in Charleston, South Carolina. His parents passed when he was young, and he stayed with other family until moving out on his own at the age of 13. He excelled in several athletics at Dunbar High School. He then went on to attend Howard University, where her worked as a college sports announcer. He was able to secure a position providing commentary to a crowd at games of Homestead Grays, who were apart of the Negro Leagues.

By the end of the 1930s, Jackson approached Washington D.C. based WINX with an idea for an interviewing program, but  Jackson was...

Gordon Parks was known as the first African-American photographer for LIFE and Vogue magazines and the first African American to direct a major Hollywood movie. Parks was a self-taught artist (writer, photographer, composer, and filmmaker). His work focused on issues such as poverty and social justices.

He was born November 30, 1912 in Fort Scott, Kansas. At the age of 25 he purchased his first camera, which was inspired by his viewing of migrant workers in a magazine. Parks took early fashion pictures, which caught Marva Louis’ eye, and she encouraged him to move to a larger city. Parks and his wife, Sally, moved to Chicago, where he explored subjects beyond portraits and fashion pictures.

In 1941, Parks won a Photography...

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