Black Public Relations Society D.C. Celebrates the Legacy of Ofield Dukes

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September 19, 2017

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Black Public Relations Society D.C. Celebrates the Legacy of Ofield Dukes

Local Chapter Hosts Award Ceremony Inspired by Esteemed PR Pioneer Ofield Dukes

WASHINGTON, DC- Black Public Relations Society Washington, D.C. (BPRS-DC) has announced that they will host the inaugural Ofield Dukes Excellence in Public Relations Awards, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 at the J.W. Marriott Hotel. It will be hosted by Veteran News Legend Maureen Bunyan.

This event was created to celebrate the life and legacy of Mr. Ofield Dukes, who is widely recognized for his dedication and avid support for the advancement of equality in the public relations and communications industry. During the event, BPRS-DC will announce the Ofield Dukes Scholarship award winners as well as honor the achievements of Washington D.C.-area practitioners, thought leaders and academics in the public relations and communications field.

The award categories will include:

  • The Ofield Dukes Legacy in PR Award (two awards -- male and female senior, C-suite professional - 25 years+)

  • The Millennial Excellence in PR Award (two awards -- male and female young professional - less than 10 years)

  • The Ofield Dukes Scholarship Award (two awards -- Howard University undergraduate students)

With the upcoming Awards, Mr. Dukes daughter and son-in-law state “We are honored to have Ofield’s work and legacy remembered by BPRS. He was a giant in the field of Public Relations but was always humble in his approach to people. Ofield told his students (and his daughter) that one must master the three C’s of success. Competence. Confidence. Competitiveness. It is our pleasure to lend his name to an award that honors those in the field that represent these pillars of success.”

Among Dukes’ myriad accomplishments, he was instrumental in using the public relations platform to galvanize support for the civil rights movement and spearheaded a campaign to commemorate a day for civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Celebrating the life and legacy of such an elite trailblazer is not only humbling but an honor” says event chair and BPRS-DC Chapter President, Antonice Jackson. “We are excited as a chapter to organize an event to honor his work - which is long overdue - and to encourage all communicators of color to continue to persevere and be fearless in their profession.”

The evening will include an exclusive look at Mr. Ofield Dukes Autobiography, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, networking, a detailed program as well as an elegant program book, special gifts for VIPs, and good time with metro D.C. area elites. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite or through BPRS-DC Chapter website at www.bprsdc.org/OfieldDukesAwards.

Official partners and sponsorship requests are available for businesses interested in supporting the event. Please contact A. Walton at (301) 653-8687 or via email president@bprsdc.org.

Media outlets interested in covering The Ofield Dukes Excellence in Public Relations​ Awards are asked to send your inquiries to pr@bprsdc.org.

About BPRS-DC

The Black Public Relations Society of Washington D.C. is the premier professional association for communications practitioners of color here in the nation’s capital. The National Black Public Relations was founded in 1993 by a number of PR trailblazers including Mr. Ofield Dukes to unite and increase the active participation and employment of African-Americans in the professional practice and study of public relations. It provides educational and professional development, mentoring and networking opportunities as well as creates alliances with other professional organizations.

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