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Registration Type Price Fee Quantity
NNPA Member Registration $100.00 $0.00
Non-Member Registration $400.00 $0.00
Guest Ticket - Breakfast $60.00 $0.00
Guest Ticket - Torch Awards Reception & Dinner $150.00 $0.00
Guest Ticket - State of the Black Press Luncheon $75.00 $0.00


Event Details

Black Press Week 2014

“Access to Economic Opportunity”

Wednesday, March 19 – Friday, March 21, 2014

Schedule of Events

Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel

999 Ninth Street NW

Washington DC 20001


Wednesday, March 19, 2014


11:00 am-12:30 pm

NNPA Foundation Board Meeting

Mount Vernon Square Room


12:30-2:00 pm

Joint Board Luncheon

Meeting Rooms 12/13/14


2:00-5:00 pm

NNPA Association Board Meeting

Mount Vernon Square


7:00-8:00 pm             

Foundation Chairman’s Welcome Reception

Mount Vernon Square


Thursday, March 20, 2014


8:45 am

Board bus in front of Renaissance hotel for transportation to Republican National Committee headquarters. Bus will depart at 9:00 am sharp


9:30-10:30 am

Publishers Briefing on the Republican National Committee’’s African American Outreach Program.

RNC Headquarters.  Limited Space Availability. Advanced attendance confirmation required.


12:15 pm

Board bus in front of Renaissance hotel for transportation to Howard University. Bus will depart at 12:30 pm sharp


1:00-3:00 pm

Gallery of Distinguished Black Publishers Enshrinement Ceremony and Luncheon

Howard University * Armour J. Blackburn University Center * Hilltop Lounge

2397 Sixth Street, NW * Washington, DC 20059


7:00-8:00 pm Cocktails

8:00-9:30 pm Dinner

Torch Awards Reception and Dinner

Mount Vernon Square Room

Master of Ceremonies – Willie Jolley


Newsmakers of the Year

Ron Davis and Lucy McBath, parents of slain Florida teen Jordan Davis

Cleopatra and Nathaniel Pendleton, parents of slain Chicago teen Hadiya Pendelton


Torch Award Honoree, Political Achievement

Melvin L. Watt, Director, Federal Housing Finance Agency    


Friday, March 21, 2014


8:00-9:15 am              

Black Press & the Black Pulpit Breakfast: Partnership for Progress- 3P: Power…Pulpit…Press, Confronting HIV/AIDS

Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Mount Vernon Square Room


Keynote Remarks from Torch Award Honoree, Religious Achievement

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., Co-Founder, President and CEO, Hip-Hop Summit Action Network


Session Moderator: Rev. Walter Silva Thompson Jr., Pastor, Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, Jamaica, New York

Panelists: Rev. Dr. Kendrick E. Curry, Senior Pastor, Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church, Washington, DC; Rev. Dr. Lewis Brogdon, Director, Black Church Studies Program, Louisville Seminary; Rev. Yvonne Cooper, Associate Minister, Allen Chapel AME Church, Washington, DC; Pastor Frances “Toni” Draper, Freedom Temple AME Zion Church, Baltimore, Maryland

Invocation: Rev. Peter Bramble, Baltimore Times, Baltimore, Maryland


9:45 am

Bus Transportation to the White House for Briefing on “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative

Meet buses in front of Renaissance hotel at 9:45 am; buses will depart at 10:00 am *sharp*


11:30 am

Bus Transportation from the White House to the National Press Club


12:30-2:30 pm           

State of the Black Press Luncheon: Access to Economic Opportunity


Session Moderator: George Curry, NNPA Wire Service Editor-in-Chief

Panelists: Maggie Anderson, Founder, The Empowerment Experiment (EE); CEO, Economic Empowerment for Powered by Action, Inc.; and Author, Our Black Year; Dr. William Spriggs, Chair and Professor, Department of Economics, Howard University; Dr. Valerie Ralston Wilson, PhD, Director, Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy, Economic Policy Institute


Location: National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Fl, Wash, DC 20045

Note: The Press Club is in close proximity to the Renaissance – either a short taxi ride or a nice walk away.


All events will take place at the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown hotel unless otherwise noted.





Hotel Reservation Deadline: Monday, March 3, 2014


Please be sure to book your hotel room before the March 3rd cut-off date – neither guest rooms nor group room rate are guaranteed after March 3, 2014.


Event Registration Deadline: Monday, March 3, 2014


NNPA Member, Spouse and Family: $100 per person


Non-NNPA Member: $400 per person



Special Note: You must register in advance – on-site registration will not be available. If you prefer to pay by check, click on ‘Show other payment options’ in the Registration Information box (just under the green “register” button, which will allow you to pay on-site. Please contact Jackie Willis if you need assistance (jackiewillis@nnpa.org or 202-588-7348). 



Airline Discounts on American Airlines – Authorization Code 3434DV


NNPA members are eligible for special discount airfares into the Washington DC metropolitan area on American Airlines. NNPA’s Authorization Code is 3434DV. To obtain a discount on travel via American Airlines discounts, go to www.aa.com, set up your flight booking, and enter the Authorization Code (3434DV) in the promo code box. You may also make reservations via phone at a $25 phone service fee – simply call the American Airlines Meeting Desk at 800-433-1790.





All events will take place at the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel unless otherwise noted.



Please feel free to contact us with any questions (202-588-7348 or jackiewillis@nnpa.org).


Have questions about BLACK PRESS WEEK 2014? Contact National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA)




National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA)

Since its founding 75 years ago, NNPA has consistently been the voice of the black community and an incubator for news that makes history and impacts our country. As the largest and most influential Black-owned media resource in America, NNPA delivers news, information, and commentary to 20 million people each week.  Americans from all backgrounds seek news from the Black perspective from the 206 NNPA member newspapers around the country. In America, now among the most diverse countries in the world, the Black Press of America is more relevant than ever.

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