About CPC

Note: The Capital Press Club is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, recognized by Washington, DC and the Federal Government. Donations to the Capital Press Club are tax deductible.

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.

Our mission is to increase and support the presence and role of African-Americans in communications. In expanding our mission, we have evolved into an umbrella association for African-American and other communications professionals in the greater Washington, DC area and beyond. Our diverse membership includes, but is not limited to, communications professionals in media, public relations, marketing, advertising, social media, 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.