NNPA gala honors Rep. Maxine Waters, travel TV host Kellee Edwards, more at CBC

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NNPA gala honors Rep. Maxine Waters, travel TV host Kellee Edwards, more at CBC

NNPA Chairman Dorothy R. Leaell, Honoree Laura Wooten, the nation's longest working poll worker (79 consecutive years, 20 presidential elections and 5 wars) and NNPA President and CEO Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. (Photo Credit: Porsha Monique for Steed Media)

NNPA gala honors Rep. Maxine Waters, travel TV host Kellee Edwards, more at CBC

Honoree Jahana Hayes, National Education Leader and Democratic Candidate for Connecticut's 5th Congressional District of the U.S. House of Representatives (Photo Credit Porsha Monique for Steed Media)

NNPA gala honors Rep. Maxine Waters, travel TV host Kellee Edwards, more at CBC

TV host and travel expert Honoree Kellee Edwards (Photo Credit: Porsha Monique for Steed Media)

NNPA gala honors Rep. Maxine Waters, travel TV host Kellee Edwards, more at CBC

TV host and travel expert Honoree Kellee Edwards (Photo Credit: Porsha Monique for Steed Media)

NNPA gala honors Rep. Maxine Waters, travel TV host Kellee Edwards, more at CBC

Honoree James E. Clyburn (SC-D) (Photo Credit Porsha Monique for Steed Media)

NNPA gala honors Rep. Maxine Waters, travel TV host Kellee Edwards, more at CBC

Honoree Rep. Al Green (TX-D) (Photo Credit: Porsha Monique for Steed Media)

NNPA gala honors Rep. Maxine Waters, travel TV host Kellee Edwards, more at CBC

General Motors Plant Director for Propulsion Systems, Tammy Golden

NNPA gala honors Rep. Maxine Waters, travel TV host Kellee Edwards, more at CBC

Photo Credit: Porsha Monique for Steed Media

NNPA gala honors Rep. Maxine Waters, travel TV host Kellee Edwards, more at CBC

Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. (Photo Credit: Porsha Monique for Steed Media)

NNPA gala honors Rep. Maxine Waters, travel TV host Kellee Edwards, more at CBC

General Motors Global Chief Diversity Officer. Ken Barrett, Rolling Out's Porsha Monique, guest and Lester Booker Jr., GM Corporate Giving Communications Lead (Photo Credit: Porsha Monique for Steed Media)

NNPA gala honors Rep. Maxine Waters, travel TV host Kellee Edwards, more at CBC

Diversity Inc's Sheryl Estrada, GM Corporate Giving Comms Lead Lester Booker Jr. GM Global Chief Diversity Officer Ken Barrett, and guest

NNPA gala honors Rep. Maxine Waters, travel TV host Kellee Edwards, more at CBC

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NNPA gala honors Rep. Maxine Waters, travel TV host Kellee Edwards, more at CBC

2019 XT4 CROSSOVER (Photo Credit: Porsha Monique for Steed Media)

NNPA gala honors Rep. Maxine Waters, travel TV host Kellee Edwards, more at CBC

Photo Credit Porsha Monique for Steed Media

NNPA gala honors Rep. Maxine Waters, travel TV host Kellee Edwards, more at CBC

Photo Credit Porsha Monique for Steed Media

NNPA gala honors Rep. Maxine Waters, travel TV host Kellee Edwards, more at CBC

NNPA Chairman Dorothy R. Lea ell, Honoree Rep. Maxine Waters and NNPA President and CEO Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. (Photo Credit: Porsha Monique for Steed Media)

The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) is the trade association of more than 200 African American-owned community newspapers around the U.S. It was founded 75 years ago, and is still going strong today.

Its annual National Leadership Awards Reception, sponsored in part by General Motors, took place during the recent Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 48th Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. The awards reception’s objective is to “honor individuals who are national leaders in their specific fields and whose actions have helped to improve the quality of life for African Americans and others.” This year, nine outstanding national leaders were honored for their contributions. The 2018 Leadership Award Recipients included:

  • The Honorable James E. Clyburn (SC-D)
  • Kellee Edwards, travel TV personality
  • The Honorable Al Green (TX-D)
  • Jahana Hayes, National Education Leader
  • Norman K. Jenkins, president/founder Capstone Development
  • Arsha Jones, innovative entrepreneur
  • Wally R. Smith, Professor of Sickle Cell Disease, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • The Honorable Maxine Waters (CA-D)
  • Laura Wooten, Voting Rights leader and longest working poll worker

The room was filled with progressive and forward thinking African Americans, legislators, politicians, community change agents and more. When the honorable Maxine Waters stepped on the stage, the audience roared in approval. During her acceptance speech, she used her platform to ensure the audience was well-informed on the importance of the Black vote.

She made a plea to the members of the NNPA to “Get our communities out to vote!” She went on to say, “I want you, in whatever way that you do what you do, to please allocate all of the fundraisers to the get out and vote operations in our communities. We need people who registered, who are voting, who are beginning to understand our power, so that we can begin to change the direction of this country. It is no secret that, as was said by Ben Chavis, that the president doesn’t like me and I don’t like him either!”

Representative Waters dropped a lot of gems during her acceptance speech. However, her overall message was clear: Get out and vote!

 

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