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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...

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