A few years ago, the National Newspapers Publishers Association (NNPA) held its annual board meetings in Washington, D.C., when then-Senator Barack Obama walked in the room to welcome the publishers to Washington. At that time he indicated that he wanted to share some news with us. The news was that he was planning on seeking the office of the president of the United States of America.
There were some young and many older publishers in the meeting. He said if any of us would like to talk with him in the lobby, he would be happy to share his thoughts. Many of the publishers were very excited. As we listened, we witnessed what many people already knew and millions more would eventually learn about this very charismatic man. There was something special about him. Something that would change the history of American politics forever. It was then that the other members of NNPA voiced support first for the man who would become the 44th president of the United States of America. The Black Press was there first.
The Tennessee Tribune along with the NNPA — The Black Press of America — has always supported President Obama not simply because he is Black but because of his policies and commitment to positioning our country to take full advantage of our inherit strengths. Collectively we have encouraged Black Folks to get registered to vote. We encouraged Blacks to go to the polls and exercise their right to vote. We have published hundreds of articles about President Obama, his administration and his programs. We have also on numerous occasions championed his issues on our front pages.
There is no doubt, that when other media outlets brought unnecessary criticism on the president, we were there to support him not as a knee jerk reaction but on strict policy matters. We believe his programs to fortify the middle class is what is needed now more than ever before. As we prepare to go to the polls in November, the Tennessee Tribune and the National Newspaper Publishers Association endorses President Barack Obama once again. It is our belief that the United States of America can be best served with President Obama being re-elected. We know there is much work still left to do to move our country forward and we believe the president’s vision of the future is the right path for this country. We also know that as a country we cannot afford to go back to the failed policies of the past which have been promoted by the president’s opposition.
The NNPA looks forward to working with the presidents’administration in the formulation of strategies for the next four years. Our hope is that those plans include more opportunities for Black people to procure business with the federal government, greater employment opportunities for Blacks in America and enhanced opportunities for all students seeking higher education.
We encourage our readers to register to vote, go out and vote and be sure to take the proper identification with them to the polls during early voting and on Election Day.
Vote to re-elect President Barack Obama on November 6.