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Jacqueline Berrien, Former EEOC Chair, Dies at 53

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Jacqueline Berrien
Jacqueline Berrien

Former EEOC Chair – Jacqueline Berrien dead at 53.  Berrien died of cancer.  President Obama shared, “she has spent her entire career fighting to give voice to under represented communities and protect our most basic rights.”  A focus of her tenure as EEOC Chair was combating workplace discrimination.  During her term as Chair, the EEOC won the largest award under the American With Disabilities Act (ADA) $240 million for intellectually disabled men in EEOC VS. Hill Country Farms. The payout was later reduced to $1.6 million due to statutory caps.

She was also instrumental in the passage of regulations concerning the Genetic Non Discrimination Act of 2008.  A leader by example, during federal sequestration, when staff were furloughed without pay, Berrien donated her pay to a federal employee assistance fund. Prior to joining the EEOC, she worked for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.   Click the link below to read more about this phenomenal woman!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/jacqueline-berrien-former-eeoc-chairwoman-dies-at-53/2015/11/12/1ecc41da-8956-11e5-9a07-453018f9a0ec_story.html

WGPR/Channel 62 – 1st African American Owned TV Station In The U.S.

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In 1961, Dr. William V. Banks, took a lead role when the International Free and Accepted Modern Masons bought WQTI 107.5 and renamed it WGPR.  He changed the format to R & B, gospel and soul music to make it more appealing to African American Detroiters.  In 1975, he would do the same thing in the television industry by launching Channel 62.  Bank’s purchase made WGPR the first television station ever to be wholly owned by African Americans.

The station created an opportunity for African-Americans in front of and behind the cameras. At that time not only were there no black-owned television stations, but there weren’t a lot of black people working in television.  One TV-62’s signature shows was, “The Scene”; a dance show featuring African Americans.  “The Scene was on air from 1975-1987”.

In 1995, WGPR-TV was sold to CBS.  CBS changed the tv station name to WWJ-TV and targeted its programming for a general audience.

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