**FILE** Benjamin Crump (Freddie Allen/AMG/NNPA)

The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) will pay tribute to civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump and his law firm while honoring the family of George Floyd during the NNPA’s annual convention scheduled for Wednesday, July 8, and Thursday, July 9.

The virtual convention marks the 80th anniversary of the NNPA and 193 years of the Black Press of America.

Crump has earned recognition as a freedom-fighting lawyer who doesn’t hesitate to defend the life and legacy of African Americans harmed by police violence and racially motivated acts. He currently represents the families of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and other Black men and women unjustly victimized by law enforcement.

“I salute the Black Press of America and the NNPA on the 193rd anniversary of the Black Press and the 80th anniversary of the NNPA,” Crump said. “The family of George Floyd and the families of all the Black American victims of racist police murders and violence appreciate the support the Black Press has provided. I thank you for this award.”

The NNPA plans to present Crump with its Trailblazer Award for his work fighting for freedom, justice, and equality. Floyd’s family will also be honored at the virtual conference.

“When you are on the front line fighting for the rights of our people in the courts and in the streets of America, it means a lot for the Black Press to always be there as the strong, trusted voice of Black America,” Crump said. “Thank you, NNPA Chair Karen Carter Richards and NNPA President Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr.”

In addition to Crump, the Black Press will present Trailblazer Awards to Chuck D of Public Enemy, MC Lyte, legendary Supremes singer Mary Wilson, and Reggae Icon Ziggy Marley.

Wilson and Marley plan to deliver virtual performances at the conference.

Registration for the NNPA virtual conference is free. All can register at www.virtualnnpa2020.com.

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