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NABJ Participates in Historic Meeting with Cuban Officials

Monday, January 9, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Aprill Turner
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(HAVANA, Cuba.) Jan. 9, 2017 -- NABJ President Sarah Glover, NABJ Founder and Former NABJ President DeWayne Wickham and Global Journalism Task Force Co-Chair Rochelle Riley met with Inés Ford Fernández, Ambassador for the Republic of Cuba Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the United States, in Havana, Cuba on Friday.

"It is noteworthy that NABJ sits at the table with one of the highest ranking Cuban officials who's charged with U.S.-Cuba relations at this time of political change. NABJ members should be an integral part of telling the stories surrounding political implications as White House administrations change," said NABJ President Sarah Glover. "We learned that Cuba is a gateway to Latin American relations and could be seen in the warm welcome we received by the Cuban people along our travels."

The group is traveling with a delegation of about 20 people, including NABJ members, filmmaker/actor Tim Reid and representatives from Morgan State University.  

Glover, Wickham and Riley discussed global affairs, U.S.-Cuban relations and elections, journalism and Cuba's culture post-Fidel Castro. Since 2014, Cuba and the United States have entered into 14 memorandums of understanding while working with the President Barack Obama administration, according to Fernández. The Cuban people await what relations will be under President-elect Donald Trump's administration.

In addition to the ministry meeting, NABJ members met with Cuban intellegencia, journalists, artists, students and professors. This historic trip was planned by Wickham, who has led numerous delegations of journalists, students and educators to the island. 

About the National Association of Black Journalists:

An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide.

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