After a week of fellowship, panels, lectures and dinners at the National Newspaper Publishers Association Convention 2017, most guests agree the Black press is alive and needed more than ever.
Throughout the convention, held in Washington D.C., speakers stressed the importance of the press addressing issues integral to bettering the Black community. Each National Newspaper Publisher Association, or NNPA, event was geared toward making the Black press stronger, particularly considering the current political and racial climate.
Some people are counting on the Black press to help improve matters in the Black community, among them Martin Luther King III, an activist and the son and namesake of the famous slain civil rights leader. The younger King was the recipient of the NNPA’s 2017 Lifetime Legacy Award.
“Our communities, along with other, like minded communities, must build coalitions, and the reality is the impetus, for that kind of movement, can come from the African American press, virtually by the fact that the African American press is covering and sharing information in a way that our communities understands,” King told the AFRO. “Then we understand we’ve got to respond and react to it.”
The conference included a town hall on parenting and education, a “Millennials Matter” panel focused on promoting positive narratives in the Black communities and discussions on making improvements to the way news is relayed. (The Afro)