As Urban CNY celebrates 20 years -- City Eagle reports

An interview with Urban CNY's man on the beat, Ken Jackson:

How did Urban CNY get started?

-- In an apartment on Hall Ave. Stanley Dean and myself started the paper in 1989. We had worked together at Kemper Insurance as Underwriters.

Has anyone else contributed along the way?

-- Marjory Wilkins has been our photographer, there have been others and I thank them all.

Dr. Boyce Watkins who's a regular on several cable shows right here in Syracuse and teaches at Syracuse University.

Barbara and James Patterson have a weekly radio show and their straight talk about personal finance is a readers' favorite.

Walt Shepperd, an advisor and writer, has contributed to the paper.

Can anyone contribute?

-- Yes


-- E-mail me with an idea to kjack074@hotmail.com or urbancny.com

What is your mission?

-- To tell our stories (the African-Americans in this community).

Most important story told?

-- Opposing the Jerry Rescue, especially since there are historic reasons why the Syracuse black community never bought the Jerry rescue story as a triumph. Those in the monument are pointing north telling Jerry Henry to "get out," hardly an event the black community could get excited about. It's not different today as City and County governments ignore the increasing black and brown populations who don't fit into their "patronage model." While we have a black president, Syracuse/Onondaga County is still in 1967 in race relations and access to employment. Remember it was Mayor Lee Alexander who was told, "hire minority Police and Firemen or lose federal aid." I see a day coming when we'll be visited again by federal officials.

Hardest story?

--The cartoon that pictured Paulette Johnson in an unflattering light. I don't regret many things in my journalism career but that cartoon was harsh, unwarranted and I'll probably rot in hell for printing it; but I did, and I'm sorry.

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