Congressional Black Caucus Chair Steven Horsford (D-Nevada) stated his dedication to marginalized communities, Black America, and his Democratic colleagues has all the time been unwavering. The 2023 Nationwide Newspaper Publishers Affiliation (NNPA) Management Award recipient’s management and tireless efforts in a divided and near-broken Congress have served as a beacon of hope for numerous people, notably folks of shade.
On Friday, Sept. 22, 2023, Horsford will step entrance and middle on the Marriott Marquis within the coronary heart of the nation’s capital, with different recipients of the Management Award because the NNPA, the commerce affiliation of the Black Press of America, honor his contributions to the pursuit of social justice and fairness which have garnered recognition and ignited significant change throughout the nation.
Previous to the ceremony and the kickoff of the Congressional Black Caucus Basis’s Annual Legislative Convention, Horsford held a non-public gathering to debate the week forward. On the occasion, he advised the Black Press that the 2023 Management Award counts as a major acknowledgment he wouldn’t take without any consideration. The Nevada chief emphasised the vital position of a free press in safeguarding democracy, particularly amid escalating tensions on Capitol Hill.
“Particularly at a second when democracy is underneath assault, one of many cornerstones of our democracy is a free press, and the position of the Black Press is making certain that most people, however notably Black America, has entry to correct non-subjective data at a time when individuals are getting bombarded with misinformation and disinformation, notably the Black group,” Horsford remarked.
He additionally took the chance to increase the distinction to your entire Congressional Black Caucus.
“This award speaks to the work of the CBC,” Horsford insisted. “I’m honored as chair to have the ability to obtain the award, however I obtain it on behalf of the 58 members and the 80 million Individuals, 18 million Black Individuals we characterize who should have a free press that works for them, and that’s at stake proper now with our democracy being underneath assault.”
Horsford repeatedly emphasised the very important position performed by the Black Press in bringing vital points to the forefront of public discourse, usually previous mainstream media protection.
“The Black press has over time introduced points to the fore earlier than the mainstream press introduced them,” he acknowledged. “They carry views from their very own lived experiences, lifting up the voices of Black communities and likewise different marginalized communities that don’t all the time get their tales advised.”
Recognizing the challenges confronted by Black journalists and reporters, Horsford highlighted the significance of acknowledging their dedication and arduous work within the discipline.
“Guaranteeing that Black journalists and reporters are acknowledged for the illustration they convey to their newsrooms,” he continued. “Perceive this isn’t a straightforward occupation, and it’s necessary for us to have the ability to carry up the individuals who labored arduous to get to the extent and took positions they’re in inside the press corp.”
NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., stated the award is a testomony to Horsford’s steadfast dedication to championing civil rights and justice for all.
“His relentless pursuit of a fairer and extra simply society has earned him this well-deserved recognition, and his affect guarantees to proceed shaping a brighter future for marginalized communities throughout the US,” Chavis affirmed.
Along with Horsford, the NNPA additionally bestowed the 2023 NNPA Management Award to Jasmine Crocket (D-Texas), Niesha Foster of Pfizer Inc., Jessie Wolley-Wilson, President and CEO of Dreambox Studying, and The Individuals’s Lawyer Ben Crump.