Black Newspaper Publishers Annual Conference to be Held Chicago

Xernona Clayton is among those to be honored during the NNPA Conference
Xernona Clayton is among those to be honored during the NNPA Conference

Black Newspaper publishers from across the country will meet at the annual National Newspaper Publishers Association/The Black Press of America conference June 22-25 at the Drake Hotel in Chicago.

Among the highlights at this year’s event include a debate between National Action Network founder and civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton and Dr. Cornel West, Professor of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University on the subject of President Barack Obama and the Black Agenda Friday, June 24 at 12:30 p.m.

Also featured will be a national leaders forum moderated by Charles Ogletree, the Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and featuring Chuck Morrison of Ford Motor Co., Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Co- Founder, President and CEO of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, academic and professor of sociology at Georgetown University, Rainbow PUSH founder Reverend Jesse L. Jackson Sr., NAACP president Benjamin Todd Jealous, Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor of Africana Studies at California State University, Long Beach and founder of the US organization and Reverend Al Sharpton taking place Friday, June 24 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, June 23 from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III, Senior Pastor, Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas will be speak on the topic of the “Press & the Pulpit.”

Fortune 500 companies including AT&T, Ford, GM, Nielsen, and Wells Fargo will join NNPA Chairman Danny Bakewell for a discussion on the importance of advertising in the Black press on Friday, June 24 at 10:30 a.m.

This year’s event will also feature forward-looking dialogue with a focus on growing revenue and audience in today’s marketplace. Topics include: mobile innovation, social media, advertising customer insights, increasing digital loyalty, growing circulation, and much more.

The 2011 NNPA Legacy of Excellence Awards will be given to Xernona Clayton, Founder, President and CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation and Garth C. Reeves, Publisher Emeritus of the Miami Times and America’s oldest living Black newspaper publisher. The Legacy of Excellence Award was created to honor Black publishers whose life’s works mirror the courage, commitment, sacrifice, and achievement demonstrated in publishing Black newspapers throughout America and the world. The event will take place on Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m. in the Gold Coast Ballroom. Entertainment will be provided by the Legendary Temptations. The 2011 NNPA conference event includes keynotes from some of today’s leading Black voices, including Reverend Al Sharpton, Revered Jesse Jackson, and Dr. Cornel West, who will all discuss the role of Black newspapers in today’s movement for economic, social, and racial justice. The National Newspaper Publishers Association, also known as the Black Press of America, is a 69-year-old federation of more than 200 Black newspapers and their publishers in the U.S. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Association focuses on the major issues that affect today’s Black newspaper publishing industry: public policy/legal matters, advertising revenue growth and audience development.

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