Washington, D.C. served as gracious host to the National Newspaper Publishers Association, as they converged onto the fair city in honor of Black Press Week, celebrated March 14-17, 2012. Black Press Week honors and reminds black newspapers across the country of their beginning, and honors those publishers that have passed on, with an enshrinement ceremony. When Mr. Russwurm and Mr. Cornish said, ‘We wish to plead our own cause. For too long have others spoken for us,’ they began publishing the very first Black newspaper on March 1827. It’s with that pride that black newspapers continue to inform the black community all over the world.
And then there was The White House visit and President Barack Obama. Yes, the President’s invitation to the White House was, to me, one of this conference’s fabulous highlights!
Not only were the publishers in attendance, but armed with questions, views, and opinions they shared during the open forum with the Presidential briefing and with members of the Presidential staff. These brothers and sisters were both smart and well-spoken, so proud of them!
If you thought President Barack Obama was good looking, you would have been in for a real treat to watch Danny Bakewell, Sr., Cloves Campbell, Jr., Ron Busby, Francis Page, Jr., James Belt Jr., James Belt, III, Charles W. Cherry, II, John B. Smith, Sr., and Rev. R.B. Holmes, Jr., to name a few, enter the room.
And the women, Karen Carter Richards, Dorothy Leavell, Claretta Blackmon, Yvonne Coleman Bach, Mollie Finch Belt, Lenora Alexander, Amelia Ward, and Mary Alice Thatch, to name a few, held their own in classy, sassy business attire. They all looked Fabulous
During one of many events held at The National Press Club Building, The Stateswoman for Justice Luncheon, “From Whence We’ve Come, Where We Are, Where We Must Go From Here,” honored our own Lenora “Doll” Carter, by adding her picture and brief bio to the calendar of “Saluting The Heroines of the Black Press, Carriers of the Torch, Defenders of the Cause.” Her daughter and present CEO/ Publisher of her legacy, the Houston Forward Times Karen Carter Richards, was on hand to receive such accolades and honors as she was presented a copy of the calendar by Hazel Trice Edney, President/ CEO of Trice Edney Communications, LLC.
The NNPA enjoyed a wonderful visit at the White House with our Fabulous President Obama!
And as always, special thanks to the many sponsors dedicated to helping the NNPA continue to tell their story. Jocelyn Allen, General Motors, Cheryl Pearson McNeil, The Neilson Group, Moses Brewer, MillerCoors and many others.