File #: 220432    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 5/12/2022 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 5/19/2022
Title: Recognizing May 15-20, 2022 as the inaugural Multicultural Media Professionals Week in the City of Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Green, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Gauthier, Councilmember Brooks, Councilmember Thomas
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 22043200, 2. Signature22043200
Recognizing May 15-20, 2022 as the inaugural Multicultural Media Professionals Week in the City of Philadelphia.

WHEREAS, Multicultural Media Professionals Week is a weeklong series of ticketed events and free educational workshops for individuals and organizations in media, public relations, and other communications-adjacent fields; and

WHEREAS, For attendees, Multicultural Media Professionals Week presents ample opportunity to connect with other media professionals, discuss trends, share skills, float new ideas, strategize, form partnerships and leverage resources, all in the spirit of fellowship and camaraderie; and

WHEREAS, The seed of Multicultural Media Professionals Week was planted in 2018, when Afea Tucker, a Philadelphia-based journalist and strategic communications consultant, proposed a "United PR Week" to fulfill these industry-specific needs - an idea that was gaining momentum and attracting partners in anticipation of a May 2020 launch; and

WHEREAS, The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting closures and restrictions forced the launch's cancellation and threw the entire project into a yearslong period of uncertainty; however, after an overwhelming positive response from the original supporters, new life was breathed into the project, and in March 2022, the Multicultural Media Professionals Week Association was formed to build out customized programming and activities; and

WHEREAS, One such early partner is the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists ("PABJ"), the oldest professional association of Black journalists in the United States, whose past and current Presidents - Manuel Smith and Ernest Owens, respectively - were early believers in the purpose and potential of Multicultural Media Professionals Week; and

WHEREAS, This Council thanks and welcomes the organizers of, and participants in, Multicultural Media Professionals Week, and expresses its hope that, while you are here, you have many opportunities to avail yourself of the...

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