Washington, Sep 12 (Prensa Latina) The US National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) is profoundly interested in spreading the truth about Cuba across the US, as stated by Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, NNPA president and CEO.
The NNPA held a meeting last night at the Embassy of Cuba in Washington DC, an appointment that took place one day before this organization held its annual National Leadership Awards ceremony in this city.
Speaking at the meeting, Chavis stressed the fact that NNPA members were meeting at the Cuban embassy ‘strengthens relations between black Americans and our brothers and sisters in Cuba.’
Such links date back centuries, from the common history of slavery, he stressed.
In an interview with Prensa Latina, the NNPA CEO stated that this organization is interested in spreading the truth about Cuba in the United States, ‘because the majority of US media have a stereotype about Cuba, a negative vision. We have a positive vision,’ he noted.
He added that they want to establish a close relationship with the Cuban press. ‘We can work together and that would be beneficial for all our readers.’
Chavis, a leading civil rights activist who in his youth served as assistant to the Rev. Martin Luther King, noted the significance of strengthening friendship and solidarity between African-Americans and Cubans, and also said he has visited Cuba several times.
On its website, the NNPA describes itself as ‘a trade association of the more than 200 African American-owned community newspapers from around the United States.’
He added, ‘since its founding 79 years ago, NNPA has consistently been the voice of the black community and an incubator for news that makes history and impacts our country.’
Through blackpressusa.com, its public news website, the association is committed to showcasing the work of member publications and spreading the untold stories of the Black community in the United States and the African diaspora worldwide.
Chavis recalled that the NNPA brings together some 218 US newspapers aimed at the Afro-American community, which are available weekly – in printed format – to 49 million individuals, and a higher number on digital platforms.
According to Chavis, the NNPA’s main goal is to publish truthful reports on issues closely related to the struggle for freedom, justice and equality, not only of African-Americans, but of all peoples.