Charles Jackson, pt. 2: … Just ’cause I knew it was coming, it doesn’t make it any easier.

No matter where he was, he championed newsroom integration, staying in touch with his own personal network of hundreds of journalists — “my children,” he called them, with a roll of his eyes. …

In 1969, he was hired as the second African American reporter on the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Jackson had walked in off the street to apply for a staff position. Shortly into the interview, the personnel director said, “I’m sorry, we don’t have any porter jobs available.” The ever unflappable Jackson leaned forward in his chair and responded, “No, no, no! You misunderstood. I said RE-porter. RE-porter!”

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