Eric L. Wesson Sr.

Managing Editor and publisher for the Kansas City Call newspaper

Where were you born and raised?
Kansas City, Missouri.

What is your occupation?
Managing Editor and Publisher of Kansas City Call newspaper. Owner of elwessonneckwear.com. President and CEO of 1 Goal Consultants

What is your favorite childhood memory?
Playing catch with former Kansas City Chiefs' stars Buck Buchanan, Otis Taylor and Fred Williamson as they drove through my neighborhood in Vineyard Gardens. They stopped and played with us all of the time in a vacant lot across the street from our home.

What does Black History Month mean to you?
Acknowledgement of Black greatness and contributions that should happen every day!

What do you believe is the most important issue currently facing the Black community?
Violent crime, because it affects everything around the people who live.

When did you realize you were Black in America and what has that meant for your life?
When I was six my mother tried to try on a hat at Emery Bird Theyer and she was told she couldn't until she purchased the hat. If she purchased it, tried it on and didn't like it she could not get a refund. All sales were final for Black people.

Who or what is your biggest inspiration to push for change?
My mother and my grandmother.

How have you supported or contributed to the local Black community?
Through writing and my radio show to get information out to the people so that they can make GOOD choices.

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