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Our purpose is to work with other journalists, educators, academicians and community-based organizations to help our fellow residents of Connecticut take actions toward positive social change, with respect to racial equity through sharing stories; building positive self images; community organizing around legislative change and examining whether or not we harbor unconscious biases.


Project Leaders




Anthony McClean is currently the Editor-In-Chief Emeritus of the Black Athlete Sports Network. An experienced journalist, he’s previously worked for ESPN, Nielsen Media Research, the New Haven Register, the Winston-Salem Journal and several other media organizations.




Michael T. Lyle

Michael Lyle, Jr. is currently a News & Sports Anchor/Reporter for AM 1220 WQUN Radio in Hamden, Conn. and a weekend news anchor/ reporter at WTIC-AM 1080 in Hartford, Conn. He is a four-time recipient of the Connecticut Associated Press Award and a two-time recipient of the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists Award. Mike also serves as the Vice President of Broadcast for the Southern New England Association of Black Journalists, an affiliate chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.

The former ESPN Radio producer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and a Master’s degree in Journalism from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn.

Follow him on Twitter: @LyleMultimedia



Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Tom came to New Haven in 1971 to attend Yale Divinity School following graduation from Bucknell University with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science. Although he resided in this region, from 1964-1967 while graduating from the Choate School (now Choate-Rosemary Hall), he had no idea that he would be making New Haven his home for much of his adult life.

Upon graduation from the Yale Divinity School armed with a Master of Divinity in 1975, he was mentored under the leadership of Bob Bowles, M.Jean Cherry and Myron Robinson while serving as Director of Health and Education of the Urban League of Greater New Haven,from 1975-1977.

Although he still roots for the Steelers, his loyalties have transitioned from the NFL Steelers to the Pop Warner Steelers and loves to see the black and gold adorning the young warriors. Married to Julia Ficklin with son Toma and two grandchildren, New Haven is now home.

As President of the Ficklin Media Group , LLC established in 2008, his career has encompassed maximizing every previous experience towards increasing professionalism, commitment and private-public community benefit. From 1975-1990, Tom held human resource positions with increasing responsibility in the areas of of management training, affirmative action, executive recruitment and community relations for Manufacturer’s Hanover, Reader’s Digest, Columbia Pictures and Golf-Digest Tennis Magazine. As CE0/Editor in Chief of the Inner City Newspaper from 1990-2001 Tom was responsible for the managing and creation of the editorial product, including related staff and volunteer oversight.

From 2001 to 2008 as Chief Information Officer for Empower New Haven,Tom was responsible for the creation and implementation of brand identity, partner media relations, awareness campaigns, program launches and multimedia platforms. Tom has served on the boards of the Yale Club of New Haven, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, United Way, Choate-Rosemary Hall, Long Wharf Theatre and  Workforce Alliance (Regional Workforce Development Board). He loves tennis , yoga, tai-chi and increasingly cooking! The birth of the Ficklin Media Group is the capstone of his career as he has integrated several decades of:

Please connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.



Angela Carter is a resident of New Haven and serves on the Board of Directors for both the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Southern Connecticut Inc. and the National Veterans Council for Legal Redress.

She produces the Elm City Roots show on Citizens Television (Channel 26 Comcast; 99 Frontier) and co-hosts In Our Opinion with Dr. Paul Musco.

Angela works full time as senior web producer for the New Haven Register, where she has in previous years covered several suburban towns, New Haven Board of Aldermen and neighborhood groups and activities; and business news.

Her favorite pastimes are creative writing as a member of Elm City Writers and following basketball: UConn teams, WNBA and NBA.

Please connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.