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The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), The Black Press of America, presents its Virtual NNPA 2021 Annual Leadership Awards

NNPA NEWSWIRE — This year’s recipients include elected officials, an Olympic champion, and two of America’s foremost physicians. While their career paths may be varied, one cannot underestimate the impact of their shared commitment to creating meaningful and beneficial change in the lives of African Americans.

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Join us as we celebrate the ongoing achievements and salute the innovative excellence of the award recipients. To view the reception, visit: www.virtualnnpa2021.com. 
Join us as we celebrate the ongoing achievements and salute the innovative excellence of the award recipients. To view the reception, visit: www.virtualnnpa2021.com. 

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent
@StacyBrownMedia

Each year, via its Annual Leadership Awards, the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) recognizes courageous Americans who have positively impacted our nation and our world.

This year’s recipients include elected officials, an Olympic champion, and two of America’s foremost physicians.

While their career paths may be varied, one cannot underestimate the impact of their shared commitment to creating meaningful and beneficial change in the lives of African Americans.

The recipients are:

  • Congresswoman Cori Bush (D-Mo) — Her act of self-sacrifice isn’t the only thing that defines the Congresswoman, who sits as the first woman to represent Missouri’s 1st Congressional District and the first activist from the Black Lives Matter Movement elected to the U.S. Congress. The Congresswoman sits as vice-chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, and the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.
  • Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga) — serves as a Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee member. He chairs the subcommittee on Commodities, Risk Management, Trade, and the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. The Senator also has taken seats on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, the Senate Aging Committee, and the bicameral Joint Economic Committee. “Thank you to the Black Press of America and the National Newspaper Publishers Association for this gracious award,” Sen. Warnock stated.
  • Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) — served two terms as Newark mayor before his election to the Senate. “I’m humbled and honored to be honored by the National Newspaper Publishers Association,” Sen. Booker remarked.
  • Allyson Felix, the five-time Olympian and 11-time medalist, Felix has won the most medals of any track athlete in American history. Felix earned a gold medal in the 4×400 relay and the 4-400-meter mixed relay from the 2019 World Championship.
  • Dr. Ebony Hilton — From the onset of the global pandemic about 18 months ago, Dr. Hilton emerged as a leader and a powerful voice of reason. A Critical Care Anesthesiologist doctor at the University of Virginia and founder of GoodStock Consulting, LLC, Dr. Hilton has loudly denounced quick re-openings, anti-vaxxers, and reckless gatherings during the pandemic. “I cannot begin to tell you how honored I am to be considered,” Dr. Hilton said of the NNPA honor.
  • Dr. James E.K. Hildreth — In July 2005, Dr. Hildreth became the NIH-funded Center for AIDS Health Disparities Research director at Meharry Medical College. On July 1, 2015, Dr. Hildreth returned to Meharry Medical College to serve as the 12th president and chief executive officer of the nation’s largest private, independent, historically Black academic health sciences center. A member of the White House COVID-19 Equity Task Force and a Food and Drug Administration member empaneled to approve Covid vaccines, Dr. Hildreth remains one of the world’s foremost experts in medical science. On September 17, Dr. Hildreth sat on an FDA panel to determine whether booster shots are necessary. “The rationale behind this is that we’ve been collecting data on vaccine recipients and antibody levels since the phase 1 trial,” Dr. Hildreth said.  “What the data shows is that, over time, antibody levels start to taper off around seven or eight months. So, what the FDA is going to do on September 17, and I’m on that panel, is make a recommendation as to whether boosters are necessary.

Join us as we celebrate the ongoing achievements and salute the innovative excellence of the award recipients. To view the reception, visit: http://www.virtualnnpa2021.com

A Little About Me: I'm the co-author of Blind Faith: The Miraculous Journey of Lula Hardaway and her son, Stevie Wonder (Simon & Schuster) and Michael Jackson: The Man Behind The Mask, An Insider's Account of the King of Pop (Select Books Publishing, Inc.) My work can often be found in the Washington Informer, Baltimore Times, Philadelphia Tribune, Pocono Record, the New York Post, and Black Press USA.

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