Former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young and Danny J. Bakewell, Sr., the National Newspaper Publishers Association chairman emeritus and executive publisher of the Los Angeles Sentinel and the LA Watts Times, were presented with NNPA’s Legacy of Excellence Awards in recognition of their lifelong work, courage, commitment, sacrifice and achievements.
The awards were presented as part of NNPA’s annual convention. Both recipients were loudly applauded and given a standing ovation in recognition of their sterling achievements.
Young, executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference under Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., later served as mayor of Atlanta, a U.S. Congressman representing the 5th District of Georgia and United States Ambassador to the United Nations under President Jimmy Carter.
In his acceptance speech, Young said: “Every major issue in your lifetime and mine has been defined and developed and pushed not from the top down, but from the bottom up. It’s your work to kind of turn up a vision for the world that we are now facing.”
Bakewell, who served as chairman of NNPA from 2009-2011, was praised for lifting the organization from the brink of insolvency to amassing a treasury that exceeded $1 million.
Bakewell spoke of the unique role the Black Press plays in America.
“Our responsibility is not just printing our newspapers,” he said. “Our responsibility is making life better for our people.”