Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers

October 23, 1971

On October 23, 1971, New York Amsterdam News journalist Sara Slack reported that the National Association of Media Women held their sixth annual convention at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. “The brilliant Black women who gathered from around the nation did work, with very little fun, and rededicated themselves to eliminating race bias in their potent mass media force,” Slack wrote. In her speech to the group, Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm said, “My sisters, all over this country a real social revolution is upon us. We are concerned over this nation and we must address ourselves to rearranging our priorities. Black people are fighting for total liberation and freedom.” Victoria Lucas, who ran a public relations firm called Victoria Lucas Associates, was awarded the Media Woman of the Year Award. The award was presented to her by George Russell, an executive with the Pepsi Cola Company who sponsored the banquet, and Alfreda Barnett Duster, a daughter of Ida B. Wells after whom the award was named. (Click to view article PDF.)

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