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Pioneers…Drum majors for equal opportunity …these men were passionate about their crusade to promote Black college achievements through the use of  the tools of the media. Long before integrated competition became a theme in America, they challenged the status quo and promoted Jackie Robinson, Paul “Tank” Younger, Jesse Owens, Satchel Paige, Althea Gibson and numerous others who passed through the doorsteps of Black colleges and white institutions.

Bill Nunn 
The Dean of  Sports Writers
(Sept. 30, 1924 – May 7, 2014) 
Legendary journalist and NFL Scout Bill Nunn entered the newspaper business as a sports writer for the Pittsburgh Courier, where he later became sports editor and managing editor.  After elevating the Courier’s Black Sportswriters College  All-American team to new heights,  Nunn joined the Pittsburgh Steelers’ scouting staff part time in 1967 and then full time in 1969. A true innovator, he  constructed a bridge between the Steelers and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. A legend among NFL scouts, he has been a part of the Pittsburgh Steelers six Super Bowl championships which included Black College stars: John Stallworth (Alabama A&M), L.C. Greenwood (Arkansas AM&N) and Tennessee State’s QB Joe Gilliams, Jr.[/caption]

Sam Lacy  
(Oct. 23, 1903 – May 8, 2003) 
Baseball Hall of Fame 
Sportswriter, Reporter, Columnist, Editor, and TV/Radio Commentator …A Howard  graduate who became a columnist for the Baltimore-Afro-American newspapers  in 1943. Lacy was a crusader for the inclusion of black athletes in major league baseball. Some of the nation’s best ballplayers  played in the Negro National League and had no chance of joining the Major League Baseball. Lacy campaigned in newspaper sports columns against the racial policies and climate that kept black players from competing on major leagueteams. His vigorous campaigning to Branch Rickey, owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers resulted in Jackie Robinson’s heralded breakthrough into the Major League Baseball in 1945. Mr. Lacy covered Robinson during his year with Montreal and his break-in year with the Dodgers. Robinson was soon followed by Larry Doby,  a Virginia Union grad who signed with the American League Cleveland Indians. Honors: Baseball Hall of Fame, 1998…Red Smith Award (Sportswriters top award)

Harold Baron “Hal” Jackson 
A Giant in Broadcasting 
(November 3, 1915 – May 23, 2012)
Jackson was born in Charleston, SC and grew up in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Howard University where he began his broadcasting career doing Howard’s home baseball games and local Negro league baseball games.  Hal broke a number of color barriers in American radio broad-casting. In 1939, he became the first African American disc jockey at WINX with The Bronze Review, a nightly interview program. He later hosted a talk show, a program of jazz and blues on WOOK-TV. Jackson moved to New York in 1954 and became the first radio personality to host his three daily shows on three different New York stations. In 1971, Jackson and Percy Sutton, former Manhattan borough president (Prairie View A&M) founded the Inner City Broadcasting Corporation- becoming the first African-American owned and operated station in New York City. The radio stations included WLIB-AM and WBLS-FM.  Jackson owns and operates stations in New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Fort Lauderdale, Columbia, South Carolina, and Jackson, Mississippi. Jackson hosted the popular Sunday Classics on WBLS each Sunday Hall of Fame: National Association of Broadcaster’s (first minority inducted) 1990 National Radio Hall of Fame (first African-American inducted)1995 Rhythm and Blues Foundation, Pioneer Award 2003 Library of American Broadcasting, 2010 Founder, the Hal Jackson Talented Teens Miss International.

Robert Theron “Ron” Pinkney 
The Voice of Black College Sports
May 26, 1935-

A native of Annapolis, Maryland, Ron has spent over 40  years as a trailblazer in radio and television broadcasting. He attended Morgan State before embarking as a corre-spondent with the Baltimore Afro-American before embarking as a correspondent with newspaper and has held jobs as a morning newscaster at WOL Radio in 1965, and took his first broadcasting job at WANN in Annapolis, MD. He worked at several black colleges as a announcer, play by play and color commentator. Ron was the first black sportscaster to work a televised broadcast when he covered the famed Orange Blossom Classic, the Black college football showcase in Miami, Florida (FAMU Rattlers Hall of Fame head coach Alonza “Jake” Gaither handpicked him). His second TV broadcast was for WTTG, Channel 5 when he hosted a weekly half hour black news program.  He became the weekend sportscaster  and teamed with news anchors Connie Chung and Maury Povich. Grambling State hired him to do play by play from 1971-74 for their syndicated televised football games. He worked with  the iconic sports information director Collie Nicholson (who was the mastermind behind the Tigers rise to national prominence), athlete and actor Fred “The Hammer” Williamson, former Dallas Cowboys running back Don Perkins, former NFL stars Roger Brown and Tom Gatewood; Hall of Famer Sam Jones, and Betty Smith, considered the first woman sideline reporter in Los Angeles.

Wendell Smith 
West VA State

Roscoe Nance
USA Today

Spencer Gwynn
North Carolina A&T

Mel Swann 
North Carolina A&T

Sam Crenshaw

Frank Bolden
Pittsburgh Courier

Pam Oliver 
Florida A&M

Bill Rhoden 
Morgan State

Charlie Neal

Cal Jacox 
Norfolk Journal & Guide

Bob Carpenter

Donald Hunt
Philadelphia Tribune

Jim Vance

Stepehn A. Smith
Winston- Salem State

Dr. Ben Chavis

Wayne Dawkins

Howie Evans
NY Amsterdam News

Michael Hurd
The Houston Post

Chuck Stone 
Pittsburgh Courier

Jerry Izenberg
Newark Star Ledger

Alex Wilson
Florida A&M

Brad Pye, Jr.

Abe Goldblatt
Virginian Pilot

 Jackie Bowe   ♦    Doc Suttles, Albany State  ♦   Joe Walker, Florida A&M  ♦    A.S. “Doc” Young  ♦  George McClellan, VA  Pilot