PORTLAND, Ore. – Detroit will serve as the host city for the 75th Anniversary celebration of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA)–an African-American organization which focuses on supporting and advocating for publishers of the nation’s more than 200 black newspapers–in 2015. The announcement was made recently during the organization’s annual conference held this year in Portland, Ore.
“Detroit is such a vibrant city and the spirit of its citizens resonates so closely with the tenacity and dedication of the Black Press,” said Cloves Campbell Jr., national chairman, NNPA. “That is why the city was always a front runner when considering locales to host this significant milestone.”
Campbell worked closely with Michigan Chronicle publisher Hiram Jackson to bring the three-quarter century celebration to Detroit.
“Detroit is home base for Real Times Media so the distinction of serving as host city for the NNPA’s 75th Anniversary is truly an honor,” said Jackson. “We will be sure to host a world-class event which showcases everything our great city has to offer.”
Founded in 1940, the NNPA (also known as the Black Press) hosts an annual convention to highlight the great work of its member publications as well as elect new officials and thank clients for their ongoing support. During this year’s event in Portland, the organization named Dr. Benjamin Chavis as its interim president. Chavis–a civil rights icon in his own right–rose to international prominence as the leader of the Wilmington Ten, a group wrongly convicted of firebombing a Wilmington, North Carolina grocery store in 1971; a ruling which was later overturned in the landmark Chavis v. State of North Carolina constitutional rights case. As interim president Chavis will lead the day-to-day operations of the organization.
The NNPA is headquartered in Washington, D.C.