On November 3rd, the Black Press of America embarked on its unprecedented plan to thoroughly cover the 2020 Presidential Election,
the most consequential in U.S. History
Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent
On what was considered the most important election in the nation’s recent history the Black Press broadcasted it live over several social media channels. Viewers witnessed history by tuning in to Facebook.com/BlackPressUSA, and BlackPressUSATV on YouTube.
The Washington Informer, Baltimore Times, Texas Metro News, Westside Gazette, Houston Forward Times, Cincinnati Herald, Houston Defender, Arizona Informant, and many others shared the stream over their robust social media platforms.
Such cooperation allowed for millions of African Americans to receive timely election news from the Black Press.
Among the long list of individuals who appeared to participate are Former Vermont Governor and one-time Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean, NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson, Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, Texas Democratic Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Illinois Democratic Congressman Danny K. Davis, Michigan Democratic Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, and Black Women’s Roundtable Convener Melanie Campbell.
National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Political Correspondent Lauren Burke, NNPA Columnist and Houston Forward Times Associate Editor Jeffrey Boney, Washington Informer Editor D. Kevin McNeir, Mississippi Link Editor Edelia “Dr. Jay” Carthan, Texas Metro News Correspondent Ashley Moss, NNPA Columnist Charlene Cromwell, Los Angeles Sentinel Editor Brandon Brooks, AFRO DC Editor Micha Green and correspondent Alexis Taylor also joined the unprecedented broadcast.
NNPA Chair Karen Carter Richards and NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. helped kick-off coverage at 7 p.m. EST.
“I’m so excited about this,” said Richards, who is also publisher and CEO of the Houston Forward Times. “This goes to show how powerful the Black Press of America is, especially when we work together.”
Throughout the evening, staff members from many of the 230 publications and media companies in the Black Press family joined the broadcast and provided updates from all over the country including battleground and swing states like Ohio, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Texas, Wisconsin, Arizona, Virginia, and California.
It is in these critical times for the nation that a voice that reflects the aspirations and tells the stories of African-Americans and the Black Press of America has maintained its standing as the trusted voice for all Black communities, and it’s more than 230 member newspapers, and media companies are represented by the 80-year-old NNPA.
“This is the most important election in history, and it’s important that the Black Press covers this and the progress of Black Americans and provides an interpretation of the events involved in our progress,” NNPA President and CEO Chavis declared.
“No other print or digital media serves in this role quite like the Black Press.”