On Thursday, February 1, 2018 The Museum held its third Black PR History event at the Joseph I. Lubin House in New York. The evening's discussions spanned PR pioneers you never learned about in school and the many communications lessons that may be learned from these pioneers. Social activist Kenneth Morris, Jr., descendant of both Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington, was the evening's special guest. A panel of industry leaders discussed the need for diverse role models for today's young public relations professionals. Neil Foote (President, National Black Public Relations Society, and President, Foote Communications) made opening remarks. Panelists included Dr. Rochelle L. Ford (chair, public relations department, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University); Professor Donald Singletary (President, The Singletary Group); Tracey Wood Mendelsohn (President/CEO, Black Public Relations Society–NY); Judith Harrison (Senior Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, Weber Shandwick, and president of the PRSA Foundation); Dr. Denise Hill (Elon University); and Mike Paul (President, Reputation Doctor).

The event was live streamed on our Facebook page.

Dr. Rochelle L. Ford and Rev. Dr. Unnia L. Pettus, co-editors of Ofield: the Autobiography of Public Relations Man Ofield Dukes held a book signing reception before tonight's program. Copies of the book are available online.

Proceeds from ticket sales to this event helped support the Ofield Dukes Scholarship Fund at Howard University.


This event was sponsored in part by the Black Public Relations Society–New York, Communications Match, the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, Arthur W. Page Society, Taylor Strategy, Weber Shandwick, and The Museum of Public Relations.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for this event. See our Sponsorship page.


Black PR History event 2017

A Panel discussion on February 9, 2017 featured Dr. Rochelle L. Ford, chair, public relations department, Newhouse School of Public Communication, Syracuse University; Denise Hill, professor, Elon University; Don Singletary, adjunct professor, Baruch College; and Judith Harrison, SVP Diversity and Inclusion, Weber Shandwick, president of PRSA Foundation. Here are some photos taken at the event by Xueyao (Diana) Li.

The kick-off event to the first-ever Black PR History Month was sponsored in partnership with the National Black Public Relations Society, Prime Research, Institute for public Relations, IABC New York, The George Washington University, Heyman Associates and Odwyer's. Special guest speaker, Rick Kaiser, son of Inez Kaiser,  was honored at the event, along with Ofield Dukes, Moss Kendrix and others. A streamed video of the event may be seen at facebook.com/PRMuseum