Civil rights leader and educator Benjamin Chavis has been named Interim President of the National Newspapers Publishers Association.
NNPA’s Chairman, Clove Campbell, made the announcement last week.
“We are pleased that Ben Chavis, a longtime supporter of NNPA, will be able to use his skills and his numerous domestic and international contacts to strengthen NNPA – the Black Press of America,” Campbell said. “Dr. Chavis has the talent, contacts and energy to make an immediate impact on our organization, which represents approximately 200 African American newspapers in the U.S.”
Chavis is president of Education Online Services Corporation (EOServe Corp.), the premier provider of online higher education for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). He is also president, CEO and co-founder with Russell Simmons of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN), the world’s largest coalition of hip-hop artists and recording industry executives. He serves on numerous boards, including the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO).
“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve, promote and secure the interests of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA). As the uncensored, objective, unflinching media voice of Black America, NNPA newspapers, the NNPA News Service and the companion site, BlackPressUSA.com, represent one of the most important newsgathering and news analysis operations in the world,” Chavis said.