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Dedication of the Black Press

The Dallas Examiner | 3/31/2014, 12:10 p.m.

The signature event of Black Press Week is the naming of the Newsmaker of the Year. This year the parents of slain Florida teen Jordan Davis, Lucia K. McBath and Ron Davis, were chosen, along with Cleopatra and Nathaniel Pendleton, parents of slain Chicago teen Hadiya Pendleton. The Torch Award for Political Achievement was given to Melvin Watt, Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency and Dr. Benjamin Chavis Jr. were given the Torch Award for Religious Achievement. Chavis is the co-founder, president and CEO of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network.

A Torch Awards Reception and Dinner was held at the Renaissance Hotel in the Mount Vernon Square Room, master of ceremonies was Willie Jolley and entertainment was by famous jazz flutist, Sherry Winston, on Friday night.

Other activities of Black Press Week included a luncheon and panel discussion on “Access to Economic Opportunity” at the National Press Club on Friday. The panel was moderated by George Curry, editor-in-chief of NNPA News Service, panelist were Margarita “Maggie” Anderson, founder of The Empowerment Experiment, CEO of Economic Empowerment for Powered by Acton Inc., and author of Our Black Year, Rev. Dr. Yvonne Majett Cooper, founder of Missing Link Ministry at Allen Chapel AME church in Washington, D.C., and William Spriggs, Ph.D., department chair and professor of Economics at Howard University.

Before heading home, some publishers met with the Republican National Committee and attended a briefing at the White House on “Our Brothers Keeper.”

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