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Contacts: Jackie Willis, NNPA
Nichole Taylor, African Ancestry, Inc. 



NNPA Chairman Cloves Campbell Will Learn of his  African Roots as Part of Annual Event

WASHINGTON, DC (March 2014) – Before the Internet, television and radio, there was the printed word. In fact, one could say that newspapers are the roots of all modern mass media. As the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) kicks off its 2014 Black Press WeekAfrican Ancestry, Inc. (, the Black-owned company that pioneered genetics ancestry tracing for people of African descent, joins the three-day event to pay homage to Black America’s first voice.    Themed ‘Access to Economic Opportunity’ and sponsored by the NNPA FoundationBlack Press Week is held from March 19-21 in Washington, D.C.  During the week, publishers will visit Capitol Hill and White House visit and host their annual  Newsmaker of the Year and Torch Award Ceremony and State of the Black Press Luncheon.

NNPA –The Black Press of America – is a federation of approximately 200 newspapers. The Association is chaired by Cloves C. Campbell, Jr., publisher of the Arizona Informant. The Foundation is chaired by Mary Denson, publisher of the Windy City Word in Chicago.

Having partnered with a mix of media through the years, supports the goals of NNPA  by helping the organization deliver fascinating programming, news stories, community extensions and highly sought-after advertiser audiences.

“We are honored to celebrate the Black Press in the U.S. and be a part of this important event,” said African Ancestry President and Co-founder Gina Paige. “By partnering with NNPA, we’re hoping to support the plight of the Black newspapers across the U.S., and enhance their efforts by strengthening Black communities, educating young people and increasing genetic literacy of African Americans among other things.

” Using the power of DNA and the most comprehensive database of indigenous African genetic sequences in existence, African Ancestry is the ONLY company that can trace your ancestry back to a specific present-day African country of origin, and often to specific African ethnic groups dating back more than 500 years ago,” the company says on its website. will host a Ceremonial Ancestry Reveal of Chairman Campbell and other Publishers, including Mollie Finch Belt (Dallas Examiner), Jackie Hampton (Mississippi Link) and Mary G. Denson (The Windy City Word) during the Newsmaker of the Year and Torch Awards Reception.  The schedule includes:

  • Wednesday, March 19: NNPA Board Meetings during the day and Foundation Chairman’s Welcome Reception.
  • Thursday, March 20: Capitol Hill and/or White House Visit, Gallery of Distinguished Black Publishers Ceremony & Luncheon and the Newsmakers of the Year and Torch Awards Reception Dinner.
  • Friday March 21: Capitol Hill and/or White House Visit, Black Press & the Black Pulpit Breakfast and State of the Black Press Luncheon.
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“Black Press Week is always an exciting time,” said Chairman Campbell. “To learn about my African ancestry at one of our public events will make it even more exciting.”


For more information on NNPA’s Black Press Week, visit For more information on contact Nichole Taylor at 


National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA): The National Newspaper Publishers Association, also known as the Black Press of America, is a 73-year-old federation of more than 200 Black community newspapers from across the United States.

Since World War II, it has also served as the industry’s news service, a position that it has held without peer or competitor since the Associated Negro Press dissolved by 1970. In 2000, the NNPA launched NNPA Media Services– a print and web advertising-placement and press release distribution service. In 2001, the NNPA, in association with the NNPA Foundation, it began building the BlackPressUSA Network– the nation’s premier network of local Black community news and information portals. The BlackPressUSA Network is anchored by– the national web portal for the Black Press of America. 


Founded in 2003, African Ancestry Inc. ( pioneered African lineage matching in the United States utilizing its proprietary DNA-database to more accurately assess present-day countries of origin for people of African descent. African Ancestry’s products include the MatriClan™ and PatriClan™ ancestry tests, myDNAmix Admixture tests; and customized memorabilia and informative resources. African Ancestry is African-American-owned and headquartered in Washington, DC. For press inquiries, contact and visit us at and


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