We Remember Hal Jackson: Broadcast Pioneer

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We Remember Hal Jackson: Broadcast Pioneer

Pioneer, icon, legend, few words can sum up Harold “Hal” Jackson's contribution to Black’s advancement in journalism. His rich baritone voice resonated as the first African American on a national broadcast network. Over the span of 75 years, Jackson served as the voice of disenchanted Blacks during the civil rights era, broke color barriers in media, and served as a mentor and icon for generations of black journalist to come. He leaves behind a legacy of courage in the face of adversity, and audacious excellence. He passed away May 23, 2012 at 96. 

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