Kenneth Morris
Kenneth Morris

The little-known stories of the Black PR pioneers who helped shape today’s PR industry will be the subject of a Feb. 1 event being sponsored by the Museum of Public Relations.

The event, which kicks off the second annual Black PR History Month, will be hosted by Dr. Rochelle L. Ford, chair of the Public Relations Department at Syracuse University’s S.I Newhouse School of Public Communications and editor of Ofield: The Autobiography of Public Relations Man Ofield Dukes.

The keynote speaker will be Kenneth Morris, a descendant of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington as well as co-founder and president of Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, an organization that works to keep alive the legacy of Douglass and Washington. Morris will speak about the communications lessons that the first black PR professionals have to teach those working in the industry today.

There will be a panel discussion centered around the need for diverse role models for those beginning their PR careers. The panel’s participants are set to include Ford as well as Dr. Denise Hill of Elon University; Weber Shandwick senior VP, diversity and inclusion, Judith Harrison; Donald Singletary, president of The Singletary Group, and Reputation Doctor president Mike Paul.

The event will take place at Lubin House, at 11 East 61st Street in New York, and will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cost is $50 general admission and $5 for students. For more information or to register, go to the museum’s website.