NABJ Mourns the Loss of Public Relations Pioneer Ofield Dukes

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    Dec. 7, 2011 23:28 UTC

    NABJ Mourns the Loss of Public Relations Pioneer Ofield Dukes

    COLLEGE PARK, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
    Today, the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) mourns the
    loss of public relations pioneer Ofield Dukes, Founder of Ofield Dukes &
    Associates, a prominent African-American owned public relations firm in
    Washington, DC. Dukes died early this morning at Henry Ford Hospital in
    his hometown of Detroit. Born August 8, 1932, Dukes was 79 years old and
    died after a long bout with multiple myeloma, a rare form of bone cancer.

    ?We are extremely saddened by the loss of our dear friend,? said NABJ
    President Gregory Lee Jr. ?Ofield Dukes revolutionized the public
    relations industry by increasing the visibility of African-Americans
    working in the field. Mr. Dukes will forever be regarded as a standard
    bearer for public relations professionals of all races. A true giant in
    the world of PR, he will truly be missed.?

    Founding Ofield Dukes & Associates in 1969 and operating the firm in
    Washington for over four decades, Dukes’ clientele included non-profit,
    political organizations, national and international corporations. He
    operated one of the most successful public relations firms in the
    nation’s Capital and specialized expertise in minority affairs,
    particularly African-American, African, and political affairs. A
    world-wide traveler, Dukes was a consultant to many international
    figures and organizations. As a result of his outstanding professional
    excellence, knowledge and service, Ofield Dukes was recognized as being
    among the most successful public relations executives in the country.

    “Mr. Dukes has served as a mentor and a friend to journalists and media
    professionals around the world. NABJ will strive to keep Mr. Dukes’
    memory and his accomplishments alive,? added Dawn A. Roberts, NABJ
    Associate Representative.

    Contacts

    NABJ Communications
    Aprill O. Turner, (202) 649-0719
    aturner@nabj.org

    Source: National Association of Black Journalists