OCTAVIUS CATTOCelebrating Black PR History–“UNSUNG”: The Impact and Imprint of African-American PR Practitioners: A Historical Perspective–

The participation of African-Americans in public relations did not begin with affirmative action programs of the 60s – or with the “good will” initiatives of many corporations in the 70s and 80s. Its roots lie in Ida B. Wells’ anti-lynching campaign; and in the work of promoters such as Octavius Catto and Frank Leland, who went to cities and towns across the country to drum up audiences for the segregated Negro League baseball games, to Inez Kaiser who, in the 1950s opened one of the first PR agencies run by an African-American woman. Or Olfield Dukes, who became a sought-after PR counsel to corporations, African nations, and politicians such as Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey. Their contributions and those of countless others have largely gone unnoticed in PR history and education. This event will shine a light on their achievements.

Panelists include:

David Albritton, Executive Director, Global Product Communications, General Motors

Judith Harrison, SVP, Weber Shandwick, President PRSA Foundation.

Prof. Dennis Kinsey, Director, Public Diplomacy, S.I. Newhouse School of Comm., Syracuse University. Previously with Decision Research Corporation (now Triad Research)

Terry Edmonds, Formerly Director of Speechwriting and Assistant to President Bill Clinton

Terrie Williams, Entertainment and Corporate Communications PR entrepreneur, licensed psychotherapist and head of The Terrie Williams Agency

Plus: diversity leaders from some of the top agencies and organizations (TBD)

Presented by: Donald Singletary, Baruch College, Communication Studies

This event is free and open to the public.  See below to make reservations.


Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Time: 6:00 pm -9:00 pm

Location: Baruch College, 55 Lexington Ave, 14th floor, room 14-220, New York, NY 10010

RSVP: lancia.yan@baruch.cuny.edu