The Museum of Public Relations will hold the field’s second-ever Black PR History celebration May 3, 6-9pm, at Baruch College, 55 Lexington Ave, room 14-220. A networking reception, for the expected 300 attendees, will follow the program.
The event, sponsored by Edelman and the Corporate Communication International, will include two panels: the first, a series of personal histories by well-known diverse senior practitioners; the second, a panel featuring young professionals and diversity leaders.
Among the speakers will be: Terry Edmonds, the first black presidential speechwriter; David Albritton, executive director of communications for GM; Terrie M. Williams, founder of the Terrie Williams Agency, an entertainment firm; Trisch Smith, an EVP at Edelman; and Donald Singletary, president of The Singletary Group.
“The purpose of these events is to showcase for today’s diverse young people the extraordinary contributions of African Americans in this field — a history that’s unfortunately not told in any classrooms or covered in any textbooks,” said Shelley Spector, founder, Museum of Public Relations. “By understanding the role of these “hidden figures” in PR history, young people can feel a greater connection to the field, a greater sense of belonging.”
This will be the Museum’s sixth event held during the 2016–17 academic year. The others include celebrations of historical figures, such as Pat Jackson, Arthur W. Page and Ivy Lee; as well as Women PR History Month and the first Black PR History Month. All events have been accompanied by special monthly exhibits displayed at the Museum of Public Relations, Newman Library, Baruch College. In the Fall, the Museum plans to celebrate Latino PR History Month as well as the life of Dan Edelman.
The Museum held its first Black PR History event February 9, in commemoration of Black History Month. This second event is being held for those unable to attend the February event due to the snowstorm.Read More
By Xueyao (Diana) Li
Jin Qiu (1875 - 1907) is one of the Chinese pioneers of Women’s right movement and modern democratic revolution. She sacrificed herself in overthrowing the feudal rule in Qing Dynasty, and died in the revolution at her age of 32. Ms. Qiu believed that women should not depend on men, and they had right to study with them. She published articles like “The Benefits of Speech” and “To China’s 200 Million Female Compatriots”, in order to attack the feudal system and promote women’s right. She cried, “If female education cannot be promoted, the nation won’t become stronger; if women’s right cannot be awakened, the power of our country will decline.” In 1907, she established the Chinese Female Newspaper, and wrote the foreword to a periodical saying that “today’s women will be the strongest power to rouse a democratic China”.
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Celebrate our field's most prominent Black PR pioneers! Visit the first-ever exhibition of photos, artifacts, documents and articles belonging to Ofield Dukes, Inez Kaiser, Moss Kendrix, etc. The exhibit is open through March 8. Admission is free, but you must sign up a week in advance of visit, at prmuseum.org/visits.
To visit the exhibit at Musuem of Public Relations, sign up at https://jfe.qualtrics.com/form/SV_5nCF5yIV1AxkGc5
Photo By Diana Li
1984--Burson-Marsteller managed the Olympic Torch Relay for AT&T. It was tremendously innovative and successful, and has always been one of Harold Burson's favorite campaigns. Hear how Harold described the event in 2002.
Wishing you all the best on your birthday, Harold. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnvf0WxhBs8
Here is today's post on the Museum's Weibo page (pronounced "Way Bo"). Weibo--which means "micro-blog"-- is one of the biggest social media platforms in China, with 500 million registered users, most of whom view it on a mobile device. The platform feels and acts very much like a marriage between Twitter and Facebook (both of which are blocked in China.)
Below is a screen shot of a post today from the Museum of Public Relations page, promoting our upcoming Women's PR History event, March 9. The event will be held at 175 Lafayette St., NYC. RSVP: prmuseum.org
We welcome students to send posts for consideration (send to: firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you'd like to learn more about Weibo: http://www.whatsonweibo.com/sinaweibo/
Special thanks to Flora Fan for setting up our Weibo account, and to Diana Li for carrying it on into the future! Vist: http://weibo.com/prmuseum?is_hot=1
March 9-- Join us as we celebrate the kick-off event for Women's PR History Month, with Anne Bernays (daughter of Doris and Edward Bernays) and Muriel Fox (founder of the Women's Movement). Panel includes Dr. Meg Lamme, Dr. Karen Miller Russell and Dr. Karla Gower. Renee Wilson, president of the PR Council will be our MC for the evening, which includes a formal program and networking reception.
Sign up at prmuseum.org. A month-long exhibit (Mar 10-Apr 9) at the Museum of Public Relations at Baruch College will follow.
The George Washington University's Strategic Public Relations program (http://bit.ly/2kims6j) is honored to sponsor the Museum of Public Relations celebration of Black PR History month.
At GW, we share the Museum’s goal to increase diversity and opportunity for PR professionals here in the US and all over the world. And, while there has been some progress to date, we know there is still more work to do. We are committed to being part of the effort to change our industry for the better.
Nelson Mandela reminded all of us “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”
We offer a variety of advanced degrees, including online and on campus Master's degrees and specialized Graduate Certificates. Our focus is to provide our students and alums with a current understanding of communications theory, strategy and tactics as well as the digital tools and techniques that are revolutionizing our profession.
Now entering our 10th year, our program has hundreds of alums actively engaged in industry leadership positions in Washington, DC, across the country and around the world. Further, our parent school, the Graduate School of Political Management (https://gspm.gwu.edu/) has nearly 3,000 alumni and an unparalleled network in the fields of politics, strategic communications, and public affairs.
We encourage you to visit www.gspm.gwu.edu to learn more about our award winning program and outstanding faculty.
I hope you enjoy the event tonight and, once again, we are honored to be part of such a historic occasion for our profession.
Lawrence J. Parnell
Associate Professor and
Master’s in Strategic Public Relations
Graduate School of Political Management
The George Washington University
"President Barack Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Bayard Rustin posthumously in November 2013. The citation said: “Bayard Rustin was an unyielding activist for civil rights, dignity, and equality for all.”
Rustin is best known for organizing the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963, where more than 200,000 people gathered and where Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. gave his now world-famous “I have a dream” speech."
Find out more about the actions of Bayard Rustin onhttp://www.prmuseum.org/black-pr-pioneers/