The Capital Press Club
As the oldest African-American communications association in the nation, The Capital Press Club has a 74-year commitment to the success of African Americans in communications. It is committed to invest in its members and their future. Established in 1944, its founders included: Alfred E. Smith, Chicago Daily Defender (founder); J. Hugo Warren, Pittsburgh Courier; Ralph Matthews, Sr., Afro-American Newspapers; Joseph Sewall, Washington Spotlight; Ric Roberts, Pittsburgh Courier; St. Claire Bourne, New York Amsterdam News; and Herbert Henegan, U.S. Information Agency. These individuals, as well as other charter members, were dedicated to upgrading the status and working conditions of African-American journalists. Still in existence, the Capital Press Club has evolved into the premiere umbrella association for African-American communications professionals across the country. Its diverse membership includes, but is not limited to, communications professionals in media, public relations, marketing, advertising, sales promotions, fund raising and development, photojournalism, photography, graphic design and event marketing, as well as others who support the vision and mission of the association.