Change Celebrated at Star-Studded Black Press Gala

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[Corey Ealons] then told the crowd at the black-tie optional ball, cosponsored by NNPA, Howard and the National Black Chamber of Commerce: "What we saw during this past election cycle was record turnout in the African-American community. That wasn't just because [Barack Obama] is an AfricanAmerican. It's because they had an opportunity to learn about who he is, where he's from, what his values are and (how) he plans to improve their lives and the lives of their children. He appreciates that that could not have happened in the Black community but for the work and diligence of the Black Press."

The Gala also featured performances by brother-sister duo Phredley and Howard University's Dance Ensemble as well as a silent auction from the collection of artist Ted Ellis, who unveiled his latest piece "Obama, the 44th President," an abstract depiction of Obama's signature 'hope' pose. Ellis is among the most celebrated artists of the 21st Century.

"It's very important. With the Black Press, it's power," says Harry Alford, president and CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, who serves as a member of the NNPA Foundation board and an NNPA columnist. "Power is information and information is power. It's very important to hear the Black point of view and the real story. Telling our perspective is very vital to our culture, civilization and our future."

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Change Celebrated at Star-Studded Black Press Gala

Washington (NNPA)-When credits are ultimately given for the historic rise of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States, the Black Press will be among those on the list.

That was the sentiment expressed by Corey Ealons, who served as director of AfricanAm...

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