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2024 NNPA ANNUAL NATIONAL CONVENTION

Empowering Black Press, Communities, Families and Voter Turnout

June 19 – 22, 2024
Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore
200 International Drive
Baltimore, MD

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EVENT SCHEDULE

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19 June, 2024

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM — Lunch

19:00 - 22:00
Splash Terrace, 4th Floor, Four Seasons Hotel

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM — Chairman’s Reception

GREETINGS and ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: NNPA Chair, Bobby Henry, Sr. NNPA Local Host Publishers:  Dr. Frances Draper, Publisher, Afro American News and NNPA First Vice Chair Joy Bramble, Publisher, The Baltimore Times and the Annapolis Times NNPA President and CEO, Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. Special Guests: Ron Busby, President and ...
08:30 - 09:45
Grand Ballroom A

8:30 AM – 9:45 AM — Convention Opening Prayer Breakfast

Greetings, Sponsor Acknowledgments, Program Introduction: Chairman, Bobby Henry, Sr. NNPA President and CEO Spiritual Message and Song    Rev. Dr. Vashti Murphy McKenzie, President and General Secretary of the National Council of Churches USA The Farmer Sisters Gospel Crusade
10:00 - 11:00
Cobalt Ballroom

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM — Keynote Presentation

Topic: What is at Stake for African Americans: the 2024 Vote Presenter:    Damon Todd Hewitt, President & Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
11:05 - 12:30
Cobalt Ballroom

11:05 AM – 12:30 PM — GenZ Panel Discussion

Topic:  Generation Z Voter Issues Moderator:  Rev. Mark Thompson, Make It Plain, NNPA Global Digital Transformation Director Panelists: Ashleigh Fields, Journalist, Attended Howard University Melvin Harris, Jr., Journalist, Attends North Carolina A&T State University Jamil Whitloe, Journalist, Attends North Carolina A&T State University Phillip Lewis, Journalist, Huffington Post, Attended ...
15:15 - 17:30
1601-03 East North Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland, 21213.

3:15 PM – 5:30 PM — Tour and Refreshments at Blacks in Wax Museum

3:15 PM – 5:30 PM Tour and Refreshments at Blacks in Wax Museum 1601-03 East North Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland, 21213. Bus Pickup to Blacks in Wax – 3:15PM – 3:30 PM Bus Depart to Four Seasons Hotel – 5:00 PM
08:30 - 09:45
Grand Ballroom A

8:30 AM – 9:45 AM — Breakfast – Hosted by Pfizer

Bless the Food 8:35 AM– 8:45 AM Pfizer Introductions Pfizer Greetings 8:46 AM – 9:00 AM NNPA Chair, Bobby Henry Sr., Announce and Introduce New NNPA Members Present 9:05 AM – 9:35 AM Brief Presentation Topic: Using AI Technology to Extend Audience Reach and Ensure Inclusive Voices Presenters: Paris ...
11:55 - 12:45
Cobalt Ballroom

11:55 AM – 12:45 PM — Google Transformation Tech (GNI) Panel

Topic:  Success Stories and Strategies from GNI Transformation Tech Facilitator: Facilitator: Todd Stauffer, Transformation Tech Lab Director, Google News Initiative Casey Pallenik, Lab Director, Google News Initiative Ashley Woods Branch, Program Manager, Google News Initiative Panelists: Sonny Messiah Jiles, President and CEO, The Defender News Network Cheryl Smith, Publisher, ...
13:00 - 14:00
Grand Ballroom A

1:00 PM- 2:00 PM — Lunch Panel – Hosted by Reynolds

Topic: The Importance of the 2024 Black Vote and Public Policy Panelists: Rahn Bailey, MD, DLFAPA, ACP, Professor and Chair of Psychiatry at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine Elliott T. Boyce, Sr., M.A., MPA, Director of the New York State Police (Retired) Major Neil Franklin, Past Executive ...
14:30 - 15:30
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2:30 PM – 3:30 PM — REGIONAL MEETING BREAKOUTS

Region 1 – CERULEAN, 4TH FLOOR Region 2 – VERONA, 4TH FLOOR Region 3 – VERIDIAN, 4TH FLOOR Region 4 – MARINE, LEFT OF COBALT Region 5 –  INDIGO, RIGHT OF COBALT
19:30 - 21:30
GRAND BALLROOM

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM — 2024 NNPA National Legacy Awards Gala Dinner (Black tie Optional)

Blessing of the Food – TBD Video Messages from NNPA Sponsors Awards Presentations: The Honorable Kweisi Mfume, U.S. Congressman The Honorable Michael Regan, U.S. Cabinet Secretary The Honorable Wesley Moore, Governor of Maryland Entertainment: A Tribute to Frankie Beverly A Double O Production DJ – Dancing and Fellowship
11:30 - 14:00

11:30 AM – 2:00 PM — Cruise Brunch Presentation

Topic: From Shackles to Ownership: A Reflection on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor Presenters: Regi Taylor, The Baltimore Times David Bramble, President and CEO MBE Realty, New Owner of the Baltimore Harbor Bus Departure from Four Seasons to Cruise Ship – 11:00 AM Bus Pickup to Return to Four Seasons – ...

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