WELCOME TO THE VIRTUAL NNPA 2021 NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Black Press Matters: Trusted Voice, Resilient Vitality, Transformative Vision
KAREN CARTER RICHARDS, NNPA CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
To our esteemed publishers, staff, guests, and viewers, I would like to welcome each and every one of you to the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Virtual 2021 National Convention. On behalf of our NNPA Executive Committee and our entire Board of Directors, we are grateful that you have taken the time to join us.
During the past 12 months, we all have experienced and witnessed very trying times due to the persistence of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic that continues to spread across the nation. Yet, we are here to reaffirm our mission and our purpose as the trusted voice of Black communities throughout the United States.
We have an informative program for the next two days as we celebrate the 194th Anniversary of the Black Press of America and the 81st Anniversary of the NNPA.
Collectively, the NNPA represents the interests of 230 African American-owned newspapers and media companies throughout the United States. As always, we thank our partners and sponsors who help to make our National Convention possible.
DR. BENJAMIN F. CHAVIS JR., NNPA PRESIDENT AND CEO
On behalf of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), I am please to welcome you to the Virtual NNPA 2021 National Convention. Using the benefit of today’s technology platforms affords the opportunity for us to gather together virtually to address the issues, policies and interests of all of those who support freedom, justice and equality for all in America and throughout the world.
This is the 194th year of the Black Press of America. We, therefore, take this moment to reaffirm our mission and purpose as the national trade association of the Black Press. The NNPA is committed to representing the interests of the Black Press as well as the interests, concerns, and news relevant to Black America. We grateful the NNPA continues to make progress in a number of areas that help to sustain the Black Press.
Pluria Marshall Jr., Chairman of the NNPA Fund
I am pleased to welcome you to the Virtual NNPA 2021 National Convention. As our nation is now undergoing another period of transition and change, it is important that the Black Press of America continues to be the “trusted” voice of equality, empowerment, and equity. Thus, we are convening virtually to reaffirm our mission and to ensure the future sustainability of the Black Press.
DAY ONE LIVESTREAMS
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United States Senate
United States House of Representatives
Senior Advisor to the President of the United States
White House Office of Public Engagement
The Education Trust
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Director of Caregiving
AARP Public Policy Institute
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Professor of Medicine
Morehouse School of Medicine
Amyloidosis Support Groups
Former NBA player and coach
Pfizer Rare Disease
Chief Patient Officer
President and CEO
The Children's Defense Fund
Citizen Journalist / Videographer
The Count Basie Orchestra/Florida State University
Founder, Music is Unity
Earth, Wind & Fire
10-time GRAMMY® Award-winner
Pastor, Gospel Singer
New Life Fellowship Center
Minnesota’s 30th Attorney General
Representiing Ohio’s Third Congressional District
U.S. House of Representatives
The Atlanta Voice Newspaper
Serving the 6th District of South Carolina
Chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation
President and CEO, Marshall Broadcasting Group (MBG)
Senior National Correspondent of the NNPA
National Newspaper Publishers Association
New Orleans Data News Weekly
WINNER: NNPA 2020 FREEDOM-FIGHTING LEGAL ACHIEVEMENT
Founding Attorney, Ben Crump Trial Lawyers for Justice
WINNER OF THE NNPA 2020 GLOBAL ICON AWARD
Tuff Gong Records
Houston Forward Times