Habari Gani is Swahili for: “What’s the news?”
The NEWS for you is: EMPOWERMENT.
Here’s your EMPOWERMENT LESSON for the week of March 17:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Hal Jackson
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American radio sports announcer, Hal Jackson ALSO:
- Was the FIRST African American inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and was among the first 5 inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame
- Was the FIRST Black announcer to host a continuing network radio show
- Helped establish the Miss Black Teenage America Pageant (later renamed Hal Jackson’s Talented Teens International)
- Helped form InnerCity Broadcasting (1971), later known as the FIRST Black radio empire
- Defied the odds when he launched “The Bronze Review” (1939), a pioneering radio show that focused on celebrity, culture, and politics (Lena Horne and Eleanor Roosevelt were among his guests)
Extra tidbits: Hal Jackson was often referred to as the “Godfather of Black Radio”. He used his platform to help give a voice to those who had none. Jackson was caught in the Payola scandal of the early 1960s, charges many believed were made against him in retaliation for his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, as well as his previous advocacy work. The charges were later dropped.