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Earl Ofari Hutchinson

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Author
Political Analyst

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Tacos
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Sedona, Arizona
Favorite Quote:
Honor Your Past.

Birthplace

Born:
10/8/1945
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Author
Political Analyst

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Tacos
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Sedona, Arizona
Favorite Quote:
Honor Your Past.

Birthplace

Born:
10/8/1945
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Earl Ofari Hutchinson was born on October 8, 1945, in Chicago, Illinois. He is the son of Earl Hutchinson, a postal worker, and Nina Brown Hutchinson. Hutchinson received his B.S. degree in psychology from California State College, Los Angeles; his M.A. degree in humanities from California State University, Dominguez Hills; and his Ph.D. in sociology from Pacific Western University.

Hutchinson began his career in radio, working at KPFK Radio in Pacifica, California. In 1982, Hutchinson began a subscription newsletter, Ofari's Bi-Monthly, which discussed political and social issues. He published this newsletter for twelve years. Hutchinson would go on to write for several newspapers and magazines, including the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Black World, Ebony, Essence, Newsday, Nation, Harper's, and Emerge. Hutchinson is the author of many books including, The Myth of Black Capitalism (1970); Black Fatherhood I and II (1992 & 1994); Betrayed: A History of Presidential Failure to Protect Black Lives (1996); The Crisis in Black and Black (1998); The Latino Challenge to Black America: Towards a Conversation Between African Americans and Hispanics (2007); and The Ethnic Presidency: How Race Decides the Race to the White House (2008). Since 2005, Hutchinson has been a writer and a blogger for The Huffington Post news website and a frequent guest on numerous talk shows. His op-ed columns appear in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, and many other major newspapers. He is a frequent commentator for the American Urban Broadcast Network and Ed Gordon’s News and Notes on NPR. He is a featured columnist for BlackNews.com, BlackAmericaWeb.com, and Alternet.org. Hutchinson is also associate editor of New America Media, the country's first and largest national collaboration and advocate of 2,000 ethnic news organizations.

As director of the National Alliance for Positive Action, Hutchinson has voiced his desire to have the word "nigger" eliminated from the Merriam-Webster dictionary. As a part of the Coalition Against Media Exploitation, Hutchinson convinced President Clinton to pardon African American sailors charged in the “Port Chicago Mutiny.” Hutchinson is the recipient of the Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in 1995 and 1997.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson talks about his maternal family's origins in Iowa
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson recalls his mother's experience of passing in the workplace
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson describes his father's upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson talks about his father's postal service career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson recalls how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson describes his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson remembers his family's cross country road trips, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson remembers his family's cross country road trips, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson talks about segregation in Chicago
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson remembers the murder of Emmett Till
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson recalls his childhood neighborhoods in Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson remembers Holy Cross School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson recalls his educational experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson describes his childhood extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson recalls moving from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson remembers Leimert Park in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson recalls his father's political activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson remembers his choir class at Susan Miller Dorsey High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson recalls playing football
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson remembers his political activities at Los Angeles City College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson describes his early career ambition
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson remembers the Watts Riots
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson talks about the black consciousness movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson recalls his activities at California State College at Los Angeles
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson recalls the black studies movement at California State College at Los Angeles
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson remembers the Black Panther Party in Los Angeles
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson recalls the Black Panther and US Organization shootout in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson recalls the government's response to black-on-black violence
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson remembers meeting renowned civil rights figures
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson recalls enrolling at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson remembers his work for the Los Angeles Free Press
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson recalls his work for KPFK Radio in Los Angeles
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson recalls the development of his first published works
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson remembers John Henrik Clarke's support
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson talks about the Pacifica Radio Network
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson describes his employment search upon leaving KPFK Radio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson recalls his work for the State Insurance Compensation Fund
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson remembers his return to writing
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson remembers his boss at the State Compensation Insurance Fund
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson describes 'Black Fatherhood: The Guide to Male Parenting'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Earl Ofrai Hutchinson talks about high profile cases involving African American men
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson describes his book, 'Blacks and Reds: Race and Class in Conflict, 1919-1990'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson describes his book, 'Betrayed'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson talks about his teaching opportunities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson describes his recent book projects
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson recalls his challenges in the publishing industry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson talks about his recent work as a political analyst