Danny J. Bakewell, Sr.: NNPA chairman (emeritus); executive publisher of the Los Angeles Sentinel and the LA Watts Times; real estate developer; philanthropist; and civil rights icon.
Ambassador Andrew Young: former UN Ambassador for the U.S.; former Mayor of Atlanta; former U.S. Congressman; community activist; and civil rights icon.
ATLANTA – The National Newspaper Publishers Association, a federation of more than 200 African-American publications known as “The Black Press of America,” will honor former United Nations Ambassador Andrew J. Young and Los Angeles Sentinel and LA Watts Times executive publisher, Danny J. Bakewell, Sr. Friday night as part of its Legacy Awards.
The awards presentations will be made at a ceremony beginning at 8 p.m. in the International Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Peachtree Street, N.W. as part of the NNPA’s annual convention.
“It is a privilege to honor Ambassador Young and Danny Bakewell, two international figures whose individual legacies have been firmly established,” said Cloves Campbell, Jr., chairman of the NNPA and publisher of the Arizona Informant. “We want to formally thank them for making life-long sacrifices on behalf of disadvantaged people everywhere.”
Young was a close ally of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and helped the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) organize major rallies and demonstrations during the 1960s. He served as executive director of SCLC and helped direct major battles of that era, including those in St. Augustine, Fla. and Selma and Birmingham, Ala. Young distinguished himself while serving as mayor of Atlanta, as a U.S. Congressman from the 5th District of Georgia and United States Ambassador to the United Nations.
Bakewell is immediate past chairman of the NNPA and founder of the Bakewell Company, one of the largest African-American owned development companies in the U.S. In addition to his ownership of the Los Angeles Sentinel, the West Coast’s oldest and largest African American newspaper and the LA Watts Times, his media empire includes WBOK, the No. 1 Black radio station in New Orleans. He became a national figure as president of the Brotherhood Crusade, a philanthropic institution that distributed more than $60 million to needy individuals and grassroots organizations.
The NNPA convention officially begins Wednesday night with the chairman’s reception at the World of Coke. Thursday’s activities include a prayer breakfast sponsored by Home Depot, a panel discussion about GOTV, a luncheon that will focus on HIV/AIDS and workshops on the Black family and monetizing community events. The MillerCoors’ A. Philip Randolph Messenger Awards and the NNPA Merit Awards dinner will be held at Paschal’s Restaurant.
Friday’s activities will get underway with a Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) breakfast sponsored by Ford Motor Company, a succession planning workshop underwritten by Wells Fargo and a luncheon sponsored by General Motors. A reception and desert afterglow party will be held in conjunction with the Legacy Awards dinner.
The convention will conclude Saturday night with the official launch of NNPA’s revamped Web site, BlackPressUSA.com.