PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- Larry Jacobs in the early 60's made history as the first African-American TV anchor in Jacksonville, something he credits to Dr. Martin Luther King.
"There were no black reporters at that time," he said. "Back then, it was in the full swing of the Civil Rights movement and Dr. King would not let white reporters into the meetings."
So, to get an interview with Dr. King, the TV stations began hiring African-American reporters and that's how Larry got his start.
"I have had the No. 1 draft picks in the NFL, 17 in the league."
After his TV pioneering days, Larry became a promoter and agent in the sports and entertainment world.
"Most of the pictures on this wall I served as an agent or contract adviser," he said.
Larry's Ponte Vedra home is full of memorabilia from celebrities like Richard Pryor and Boxing greats Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson.
And, Now at the age of 72, Larry isn't slowing down a bit.
"What we need to do is bring people together and when we do that God will smile on us."
His pioneering spirit is now leading him to forge the way for Americans to experience Cuba.
And since U.S. relations with Cuba is still strained and trade sanctions are still in place some would say Larry is treading on controversial waters.
"I am not into this for politics.That is not my agenda. I am in this 100 percent humanitarian by providing basic necessities for Cuba and the Cuban people."
Over the past ten years, Larry has helped countless Americans travel to Cuba legally with his group called Jacobs International. He's even helped some of them set up business with Cuba.
"By bringing people together to make things better. That's what I want to do. I would like to help or be instrumental in bringing Cuba and the U.S. together to help each other. We were all created by God. Americans and Cuban citizens and when we lose sight of that then we fail."
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