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date: 06 August 2020

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  • Tamara M. Cooke


The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is an advocacy group that offers education and training, career development opportunities, and support to journalists of all races and ethnicities worldwide. With paid memberships of between three and four thousand, the NABJ is the largest journalism organization for people of color in the United States.

Forty-four African American print and broadcast journalists founded the NABJ on 12 December 1975 in Washington, D.C. Some of the best-known names in media met at the Sheraton Park Hotel, now the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, to discuss the need for a national organization of black journalists. The founders included Charles “Chuck” Stone, who worked for the Philadelphia Daily News and later became a top editor for three major national black newspapers as well as press secretary for the New York congressman Adam Clayton Powell Jr.; the Washington Post reporter Leon Dash who later ...

A version of this article originally appeared in The Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present.

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