UPDATE: Al Sharpton and Cornel West will ‘Conversate’ NOT Debate at NNPA Confab – Read the full story HERE.

Earlier we reported …

*It’s going down. At the upcoming Black Newspaper Publishers Annual Conference in Chicago one of the highlights will surely be Rev. Al Sharpton and Dr. Cornel West will engage in a debate on the subject of President Barack Obama and the Black Agenda on 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, 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.

Throughout the conference AT&T will host a CyberCafe and host a Multi-Media Platform workshop on Thursday, June 23.

“Black newspapers are formulating and adopting aggressive new strategies to grow our audience and drive up revenue, our annual conference offers newspaper publishers the critical opportunity to share success stories and learn about innovative strategies,” said NNPA Chairman Danny J. Bakewell, Sr.  “In addition to exceptional programming, the conference allows attendees to get in front of over 200 major Black publishers and for major advertisers to meet our members and to learn about the role the Black press plays in America.”

The 2011 NNPA Legacy of Excellence Awards will 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.

Full information on the conference, including programming and registration details, is available at http://www.nnpa.org.

The Drake Hotel is located 140 East Walton Place in Chicago.


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.  In addition, newspaper publishing visionary Danny Bakewell, CEO of the Los Angeles Sentinel and L.A. Watts Times newspapers, and chairman of the NNPA, will host a discussion on advertising with some of the nation’s leading Fortune 500 companies providing valuable perspectives on trends in advertising as it relates to the Black press.

Advertisers who will meet with newspaper executives at NNPA’s annual conference include: AT&T, Ford, GM, Nielsen, and Wells Fargo.  Advertising agencies that will also participate in the conference include Burrell Communications, Flowers Communications, Globalhue, Muse Communications, Professional Partnering Solutions, The Caraway Group, and Uniworld, Inc.

Sponsors of NNPA’S annual conference are: AT&T, Ford, GM, Nielsen, and Wells Fargo.

Press Credentials
Members of the working press can request press credentials by contacting Jasmyne Cannick for NNPA [email protected]. All news media will be asked to show photo identification and current press credentials, or a letter from an assigning editor. Advance notice of attendance is recommended to expedite credentialing, although onsite processing will be available. Press credentials can be picked up onsite at the NNPA check-in table.

About the NNPA
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. Information about NNPA and all of our newspapers may be found at www.nnpa.org.



Jasmyne Cannick
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