Inductees


Don Jackson

Don Jackson
Don Jackson

After graduating from Northwestern University, where he received a bachelor's degree in radio, TV and film in 1965, Mr. Jackson worked in the media and broadcast industries in sales at WBEE and WVON radio. He became the youngest and the first African American sales manager at WVON, the top radio station in the Chicago market at the time.

In 1970, Mr. Jackson founded Central City Marketing, Inc., a national television production, sales, and syndication company based in Chicago, IL. For over four decades the company has specialized in marketing, promotion, sales, and the production of media and television programs for African Americans.

Today, Central City Productions, Inc., is the full-service company that produces, syndicates, and manages advertising sales for all of the company's local and national television programs. Central City Productions' mission is to develop, produce, and market television programming which is designed to communicate positive, uplifting images of Black people all over the world.

Under his guidance and vision, CCP has launched many new and unique television programs to Black Americans nationwide. Many of these programs have more than 30 years of consecutive airing over local and national television.

Mr. Jackson is a former chairman of the board of the DuSable Museum of African American History. He has also previously served on the boards of Northwestern University, Junior Achievement of Chicago, Columbia College, Gateway Foundation and Chicago Transit Authority Board.

In addition, Mr. Jackson is the founder and a member of A.B.L.E. (Alliance of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs), which is the first business organization bringing Black Leaders together in the business community to network, address business issues and provide a legacy for future African American entrepreneurs. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his business accomplishments and community involvement.

Mr. Jackson is married to Rosemary Jackson. The couple has two adult children and two grandsons, Donovan and Dain. Their daughter Rhonda is a graduate of Syracuse University, and their son Baba Dainja graduated from the University of Minnesota.