The Black Public Relations Society Los Angeles hosted its 20th-anniversary awards ceremony and honored 20 trailblazers in the fields of media, film, corporate communications and public relations at the California African American Museum on Friday, November 14, 2018.
The Black Public Relations Society of Los Angeles also received recognition from Mayor Eric Garcetti & Council President Herb Wesson. Presented by Albert Lord, Deputy for Council President Herb Wesson’s Office.
The celebration was emceed by the Emmy Award-winning Kevin Frazier and was kicked off with a welcome by Neil Foote, President of the National Black Public Relations Society. The evening included special remarks by best-selling author and screenwriter Antwone Fisher.
One of the night’s most prestigious awards of the evening, the Pat Tobin award, is named after and recognizes one of the first Black women to own a public relations firm, Patricia L. Tobin. Tobin is a co-founder of the National Black Public Relations Society (NBPRS) and is single-handedly responsible for the careers of countless corporate executives in the media, film and entertainment industries. Read more here from the Los Angeles Sentinel: https://lasentinel.net/black-public-relations-society-l-a-honors-trailblazers-with-20th-anniversary-awards.html
(L-R) Ayanna Williams Henderson, BPRS-LA Co-President; Shawn Smith, BPRS-LA Co-President and PRSA President-Elect, Neil Foote, BPRS National President and Albert Lord, Deputy for Council President Herb Wesson Office.
(L-R) Shawn Smith, BPRS-LA Co-President and PRSA President-Elect, Neil Foote, BPRS National President; Event host Emmy Award-winning Kevin Frazier; Ayanna Williams Henderson, BPRS-LA Co-President; and Albert Lord, Deputy for Council President Herb Wesson Office.
BPRS-LA 20th Anniversary Awards Celebration was sponsored by CBS Entertainment Diversity & Inclusion, Cartoon Network, LinkedIn, Uncle Nearest 1856 Premium Whiskey, TV One. and Warner Bros. Television.
About the Black Public Relations Society of Los Angeles
Black Public Relations Society of Los Angeles (BPRS-LA), founded in 1998, is an affiliate chapter of the National Black Public Relations Society (NBPRS), one of the nation’s foremost organizations for professional image-makers and communications strategists. NBPRS serves as an advocate for African American PR practitioners. BPRS-LA focuses on professional development and connecting PR professionals throughout Southern California. BPRS-LA promotes diversity of thought and talent while providing support and education to help today’s professionals stay competitive in the ever-changing communications industry. Visit BPRSLA.org for news, membership, events, and updates.
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VP, PR/Marketing, BPRS-LA