The House that Jack Built: The Autobiography of a Successful American Dreamer, Businessman, and Entertainer

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Amber Books Publishing, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 212 pages
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THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT: NATIONAL BESTSELLER - A TRUE RAG TO RICHES AMERICAN SUCCESS STORY. Hal Jackson was a founder, owner and Group Chairman of Inner City Broadcasting Corporation, once the largest privately held Black-owned broadcasting network in the nation, which included: WBLS-FM 107.5 and WLIB in New York City, as well as fifteen other radio station outlets in major markets and cable television stations throughout the United States. Hal Jackson and his wife Debi B. Jackson hosted together the Hal Jackson "Sunday Classics" on WBLS, a #1 rated show in New York City every Sunday for over twenty-five years. During his broadcasting career, Harold "Hal" Jackson made numerous contributions to the African-American community. As an icon and an activist, Hal rose to the pinnacle of his profession by becoming one of the nation's leading entertainment and broadcasting industry executives. Hal Jackson is the first African American inducted into the Broadcast Hall of Fame, the first African American inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame, a National Association of Black-owned Broadcasters honoree, and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Hal Jackson was the executive producer and host of the Hal Jackson's Talented Teens International Scholarship Competition (HJTTI) for more than thirty years, created through his Youth Development Foundation, Inc. to "inspire leadership for the future." This scholarship competition for young women with its local, regional and international programs touched over 30,000 young ladies, helping to develop socially conscious young women as leaders, professionals and entertainers. THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT is about a remarkable man, whose determination and vision would make him one of the most significant figures in American radio and television history. PHOTOS

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Hal and Percy
Charleston to Washington
Marriage Sportswriting and Broadcasting
Beginning My Radio Broadcasting Career
Sports Promotion and the Basketball World Championship
Awards and Rewards
The House That Jack Built
WLIB and the Payola Scandal
Starting Over
With Kings and Queens
Am Blessed
Radio Station Owner
Rebuilding Jacks House

New Worlds to Conquer
Back to the Big Apple

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Author Jim Haskins was born in Demopolis, Alabama on September 19, 1941. He received a B.A. from Georgetown University in 1960, a B.S. from Alabama State University in 1962, and a M.A. from the University of New Mexico in 1963. After graduation, he became a special education teacher in a public school in Harlem. His first book, Diary of a Harlem School Teacher, was the result of his experience there. He taught at numerous colleges and universities before becoming an English professor at the University of Florida, Gainesville in 1977. He wrote more than 100 books during his lifetime, ranging from counting books for children to biographies on Rosa Parks, Hank Aaron and Spike Lee. He won numerous awards for his work including the 1976 Coretta Scott King Award for The Story of Stevie Wonder, the 1984 Coretta Scott King Award for Lena Horne, the 1979 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Scott Joplin: The Man Who Made Ragtime; and the 1994 Washington Post Children's Book Guide Award. He also won the Carter G. Woodson Award for young adult non-fiction for Black Music in America; The March on Washington; and Carter G. Woodson: The Man Who Put "Black" in American History in 1989, 1994, and 2001, respectively. He died from complications of emphysema on July 6, 2005 at the age of 63.

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