African American Women: The Next Generation of Leaders in Public Relations

The following blog post first appeared in PRSAY on March 1, 2010 in celebration of Black History Month.

In our dynamic professional environment, it is crucial for African-American women to understand the history and heritage of their journey as they emerge as leaders in the public relations profession. Not only has this history shaped my personal career choice, but it also has propelled African-American women whose actions and ideas have made significant contributions to the industry.

African-American women have pioneered the way for others in the industry for more than 60 years. The Reverend Barbara Harris was the first African-American woman to practice public relations, working for Joseph Varney Baker, in turn the first African-American male public relations practitioner and first PRSA Chapter president of color. More recently, phenomenal leaders in the industry like Cheryl Procter-Rogers and Debra Miller have blazed a path for aspiring leaders. Read More »