from Bulldog Reporter, April 26, 2017
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.