Branco Broadcast Interviewing Carl Jacobsen

Branco Broadcast Interviewing Carl Jacobsen

It is the pleasure of Campbell’s world to present this show. While I do not agree with everything this organization does, I will save this here is 100% right on! Please make sure to attend!

On Monday, August 29 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time, our featured guest on Branco Broadcast will be Carl Jacobsen, President of the National Federation of the Blind of New York. To participate on the program, please call 712-832-8294, and use pass code 514295. Please be sure to mute your phones at all times during the show unless you are asking Carl a question. Once you are through asking your question, please mute your phone again. We want to avoid as much background noise as possible, such as sirens, clocks, coughing, washing dishes, side conversations, etc. Branco Broadcast is recorded and archived for the general public. Also, try to arrive on the call 10 minutes before our guest, so you won’t miss anything. Here is a brief bio about Carl

Carl Jacobsen is a native New Yorker.  A product of the New York City school system, he has a B.A. from Hunter College with majors in History, Political Science and Comparative Religion.  His graduate work was done at Union Theological Seminary.

Carl and his late wife Sally, a Registered Nurse, who passed away on February 22, 2002,raised three children in Brooklyn.  Carl currently resides in Brooklyn with his wife, the former Cantor Dr. Mindy Fliegelman. They were married on May 20, 2006.  On December 11, 2002 Carl became the grandfather of twins, Jason and Caitlin, born to his daughter Christine and her husband Jimmy. Also, on February 22, 2013 his son Brad and his daughter-in-law Maggy gave him a grandson, Gunnar Albizu.

At present, Carl is the President of the National Federation of the Blind of New York State and a former member of the National Board of Directors.

Carl became blind at age 15 from a hereditary nerve disorder, which caused his optic nerves to atrophy.  It was at that time, the middle of his high-school years, that he met two no nonsense teachers who convinced him that Braille and the use of the long white cane were critical for his future.  Although as a teenager, he resisted their teachings, he learned the skills and attributes his independence to these gentlemen. 

 His experience with the Federation goes back to the late ‘60’s when he worked with some of the earliest members and leaders of the NFB of New York.  One of his more poignant memories is of an attempted housing discrimination case, which directly affected him and his wife.  It was at that time that he became aware of the power of collective action by the blind. 

 The effects of the writings and examples of Drs. tenBroek, Jernigan and Maurer cannot be overstated.  “They have put into words what I felt for most of my life.”  In addition, the example of thousands of fellow Federationists has strengthened his belief in his people.  “If I can only pass on a fraction of what others have done for me, I will be giving an immeasurable gift to the next generation of blind people.”   

The passage of legislation guaranteeing instruction in Braille to all blind children in our New York State schools will help to give the next generation the tools, which they need to succeed.  However, we still have far to go.  In this new century, we need to empower blind people and their families to gain control over their own lives and destinies.

In 2005, Carl retired from a long career in the Randolph/Sheppard program and the publishing industry.  Since that time he has dedicated his time to advancing the cause of the Federation in New York State and the nation.  “Of all the work I have done over many years, my work with the Federation is by far the most rewarding.” 

It is his goal, through his work in the Federation, to change what it means to be blind.  “We can accomplish this as we reduce the influence of the too few who have had control over the too many for too long.”

Carl will give a brief presentation, and then take questions from our participants. We look forward to hearing from all of you on Monday evening.

Bob Branco        


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