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Sharpton says Gary needs Civil Rights Hall of Fame

By David Denson, Gary Crusader Civil Rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton says participating in the 1972 National Black Political Convention was a life changing event. The...

Statue of Hatcher planned for Gary City Hall

Crusader staff report Move over Elbert Henry Gary. A statue of the city’s first Black mayor, Richard Gordon Hatcher, will sit yards away from that...

Richard Gordon Hatcher: Courageous, virtuous agent of change

By Vernon A. Williams, Gary Crusader My first visit to the Gary City Hall came as an eight-year-old on a field trip with Mrs. Rickman’s...

America’s first Black Mayor 50 years later

By Erick Johnson, Gary Crusader Something magical was in the air on Tuesday, November 7, 1967. Fifty years ago, as fall settled in on a...

Jackson reflects on Hatcher’s legacy

By Chinta Strausberg, Gary Crusader Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. will join scores of Civil Rights leaders and elected officials Saturday to celebrate former Gary...

Mayor Richard Gordon Hatcher earned legendary status

By Vernon A. Williams, Gary Crusader Who or what determines the legendary status of a human being? It’s rhetorical. No right or wrong answers. But it...