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Charles W. Cherry II

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Publisher
Radio Station Manager
Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Scallops
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
West Africa or the Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow, For the Kingdom of Heaven Is Within

Birthplace

Born:
8/6/1956
Birth Location:
Daytona Beach, Florida

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Publisher
Radio Station Manager
Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Scallops
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
West Africa or the Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow, For the Kingdom of Heaven Is Within

Birthplace

Born:
8/6/1956
Birth Location:
Daytona Beach
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Biography

Publisher, radio station manager and lawyer Charles W. Cherry II was born in 1956 in Daytona Beach, Florida to Julia T. Cherry and Charles W. Cherry, Sr., founder of the Daytona Times and Florida Courier newspapers. In 1978, Cherry received his B.A. degree in journalism from Morehouse College, where he also interned for WAGA-TV in Atlanta, Georgia. He then went on to receive both his M.B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Florida in 1982.

Cherry had his own law firm for twenty-one years and served as a city prosecutor for Fort Lauderdale, Florida and as a state prosecutor in South Florida. He also served as general counsel for the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale, where he worked closely with its former executive director, the late Dr. William H. Lindsay. In 1989, Cherry and his father purchased WPUL-AM 1590, a Daytona Beach-area radio station. From 1998 to 2000, he served as general manager of Greenville, South Carolina’s WCSZ-AM. In 2000, Cherry was named general manager of WPUL-AM and became host of the station’s Free Your Mind radio show.

In 2004, upon the death of his father, Cherry returned to journalism and newspaper publishing. In 2006, the Cherry family re-launched the Florida Courier as a statewide newspaper; Cherry became its publisher and his column, Straight, No Chaser appeared weekly. He also went on to write commentaries, editorials, and stories for his other family-owned newspaper, the Daytona Times. In addition, Cherry served as vice president, secretary and general counsel of his family’s Tama Broadcasting, Inc., as well as vice president of corporate communications for Global Health Professionals, Inc.

Cherry published Excellence Without Excuse: The Black Student's Guide to Academic Excellence (1994), which has been used as a textbook in college-preparation classes and seminars. He was elected to the board of directors of the National Newspaper Publishers Association in 2009, and served on the Government Affairs Committee of the Florida Press Association. He also founded the Florida Black-Owned Media Coalition, Inc., a trade association representing Florida mass media owned by African Americans.

Charles W. Cherry II was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 7, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Charles W. Cherry II's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Charles W. Cherry II lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about his maternal African ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Charles W. Cherry II describes his mother's childhood in Leslie, Georgia pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Charles W. Cherry II describes his maternal grandmother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about his mother's childhood in Leslie, Georgia pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about his mother's college experience at Morris Brown College and her career as a home economics teacher
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about his father's family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Charles W. Cherry II describes the Barlow family, his father's maternal ancestors
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about his father's education at Morehouse College and Alabama State University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about his father's various jobs and business ventures
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about the two newspapers his father started, the Westside Rapper and the Daytona Times
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about his likeness to his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about his father's entrepreneurship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about the roles he and his siblings play in the family business
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Charles W. Cherry II describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Charles W. Cherry II describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Daytona Beach, Florida pt.1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Charles W. Cherry II describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Daytona Beach, Florida pt.2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about the "wade-in" to integrate the beach in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about the march his father planned to protest the Apollo space missions
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about his family being threatened with violence
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about the impact of school desegregation on the African American community in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about his first grade teacher
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about reading the World Book Encyclopedia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about his lack of religious upbringing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about having a father who was an entrepreneur
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about his childhood activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about his experience at Seabreeze Senior High School in Daytona Beach, Florida pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about his experience at Seabreeze Senior High School in Daytona Beach, Florida pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about transferring out of Catholic school to Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about the impact of racism on mental health
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about his interest in journalism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about applying for college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about the night before his high school graduation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about his father's newspaper, the Westside Rapper, going out of print and where the word "rapper" came from
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about his first semester at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about his friend from Daytona Beach, Florida leaving Morehouse College due to sexual harassment
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about his professor HistoryMaker Na'im Akbar at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about his journalism internship at WAGA-TV in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about his experience studying journalism at Morehouse College, in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about Olympic gold medalist Edwin Moses
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about earning his J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about receiving academic support from black students in graduate school
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about becoming a state prosecutor in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about the inspiration for his book, 'Excellence Without Excuses: The Black Student's Guide to Academics Excellence'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about his father's newspapers, the Daytona Times and Florida Courier
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about being the outside counsel for the Fort Lauderdale Housing Authority pt.1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about being the outside counsel for the Fort Lauderdale Housing Authority pt.2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about ways to create safe public housing
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about changing the way he dressed after visiting Africa
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about what he learned from purchasing his first radio station, WPUL
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about being general manager of WPUL
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about small local radio stations being pushed out of the market
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about Tama Broadcasting
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about his controversial radio talk show 'Free Your Mind'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about the problems in Daytona Beach, Florida's black communities
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about production and distribution of his newspapers, the Florida Courier and Daytona Times
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about the content within the Florida Courier
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about HistoryMaker President Barack Obama's presidency
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about HistoryMaker U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about Florida's Stand Your Ground law
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about political trends in Florida's African American communities
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about adjusting his newspapers to the digital age and the books he is writing
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about his business ventures in Africa
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Charles W. Cherry II reflects on what he would do differently in his career
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Charles W. Cherry II talks about his family
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Charles W. Cherry II considers his legacy