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The AFRO will honor the leaders and institutions who have played an essential role in promoting the significance and history of this important day. This year’s theme is “Celebrating the Black Press,” recognizing those charged with chronicling and telling stories.

Keynote Speaker: Karsonya “Dr. Kaye” Wise Whitehead 

Dr. Kaye is the founding executive director of The Karson Institute for Race, Peace & Social Justice and a professor of communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland. She is the host of the award-winning radio show Today with Dr. Kaye on WEAA, 88.9 FM, and the recent recipient of the John LaFarge Award, and the Vernon Jarrett Medal for Journalistic Excellence for her outstanding reporting on the impact racial reckoning has had in helping to close social/racial wealth gap for Black people in America. Recently she was selected to receive the National PanHellenic Council’s Social Impact Award.  In 2022, she was selected by The Daily Record as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women and by Black Girls Vote as an honoree for its “Ladies & Politics” series. Her radio show, Today With Dr. Kaye, received the 2022 Chesapeake Associated Press Award for Best in Show and for Best Radio Talk Show; and the Second Place Award for Outstanding Editorial or Commentary. 


Dr. Benjamin Chavis, NNPA President & CEO 
Bobby Henry, NNPA Chairman of the Board 
Dr. Thelma T. Daley, Educator & Community Activist 
Root Branch Media Group 


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