AFRO to Host Juneteenth Breakfast ‘Celebrating the Black Press’

The event will honor leaders and institutions honor local faith leaders and Black Baltimore historical institutions

In celebration of Juneteenth, the AFRO is proud to host “Celebrating the Black Press,” a breakfast recognizing leading Black media members and their work preserving Black stories.

The AFRO will honor the leaders and institutions who have played an essential role in promoting the significance and history of this important day. This year’s theme, “Celebrating the Black Press,” recognizes those who are charged with chronicling and telling Black stories.

As the oldest Black-owned business in D.C., Maryland and Virginia, the AFRO is home to founding and present-day leaders in the Black media. Juneteenth marks a day to rejoice in our stories, celebrate progress and embrace the road that still lies ahead.

The event coincides with the National Newspapers Publishers Association (NNPA) Annual National Convention, taking place in Baltimore from June 19-22.

Honorees include Dr. Ben Chavis, Dr. Thelma T. Daley, keynote speaker Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead, Bobby Henry Sr. and others.

Dr. Chavis, an American civil rights leader, currently serves as president and CEO of the National Newspapers Publishers Association.

Dr. Daley has been a fervent cheerleader of the Black press for decades. She previously served as national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, as well as president of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW).

Dr. Whitehead is a leading voice in the Black Press, who hosts an award-winning radio show and writes opinion editorial columns for the AFRO.

Bobby Henry Sr. serves as chair of the NNPA board and publisher of the Westside Gazette in Fort Lauderdale, Fla..

“The AFRO was founded by pioneers of the Black press, and today we stand tall on their shoulders to further the legacy of Juneteenth and other Black stories,” said Dr. Frances “Toni” Draper, CEO and publisher of the AFRO. “This day is about freedom, and this Juneteenth we proudly celebrate the freedom of the Black Press to chronicle our stories at every step.”

Dr. Draper added, “Juneteenth is a holiday for all Americans, and all Americans stand to benefit from a thriving Black press.”

The event is sponsored by AARP, BGE, Career Communications Group, OnPremise Networks and Morgan State University.

The event will be held at Center Club in Baltimore,beginning at 8 a.m..

Individual tickets can be purchased for $85, via

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About the AFRO

The AFRO is the oldest Black-owned business in D.C., Maryland and Virginia, and the third-oldest in the United States. For over 130 years, the AFRO has offered a platform for images and stories that advance the Black community, fulfilling the vision of John H. Murphy Sr., a formerly enslaved man who founded the publication with his wife, Martha Howard Murphy. Today, through the leadership of Murphy’s great-granddaughter, Dr. Frances “Toni” Draper, the AFRO remains the Black Media Authority, providing readers with good news about the Black community not otherwise found.