About the Capital Press Club
As the oldest African-American communications association in the nation, The Capital Press Club has a 72-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-Ameircan 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.
The Capital Press Club has continued the primary mission of its founders and has expanded its mission to keep pace with a rapidly-changing marketplace in fulfilling the needs of its diverse membership. Over the years, we have built a reputation on change and progress having been established to expose African-Americans journalists to newsmakers in government, politics, private and non-profit organizations when they were denied admittance to the National Press Club and the White House Press associations.
Today, The Capital Press Club’s mission is to increase and support the presence and role of African-Americans in communications. In expanding its mission, 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 promtions, fund raising and development, photojournalism, photography, graphic design and event marketing, as well as others who support the vision and mission of the association.