Rob Neal, Executive Director of IBBA (International Broadcasters Association) and the Board of Directors are proud to announce several events they will be hosting in Norfolk, Virginia surrounding the 400th Anniversary year of the first Africans arrival to America. Mr. Neal says, “2019 is a pivotal year for the Fort Monroe National Monument, marking the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans to English North America. The entire year is dedicated to those “20 and odd” who were brought here on an English privateer ship named the White Lion.”
Interested members and participants are invited to join IBBA’s annual event with this year highlighting this American story and the significant African and African American experience. IBBA will commemorate this historic 400-year event with panel discussion concluding with the IBBA 1619 to 2019 Dinner. The events will take place August 23 – 25 at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel located at 777 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, Virginia. Below is the schedule of events planned on Saturday, August 24, 2019, with more details to follow on ibbainc.com.
Sat., Aug. 24, 2019 (10am-1pm ) Visit to the site where the first slaves arrive in English North America
Sat., Aug. 24, 2019 (3 pm – 4 pm) Tony Gray, President of Gray Communications in Chicago, IL will Moderate the IBBA Broadcast Panel
Sat., Aug. 24, 2019, (7 pm) The Honorable Johnny Ford, former and first black mayor of Tuskegee, Alabama will be Keynote Speaker at the IBBA 1619-2019 Dinner
To attend, please call or email Executive Director Rob Neal 601- 545-7854 // firstname.lastname@example.org.
The IBBA understands clearly the importance of African Americans in Broadcasting. Our purpose is to bring about unity and understanding between television and radio owners and professionals; to help inspire and encourage young people who are our future broadcasters and to provide scholarships to assist in their education. The IBBA’s principal objective is to promote ownership, employment, education, and equality for minority broadcasters in America & abroad.
The IBBA is nationally recognized and receives exceptional attendance from minority elected officials, entertainers, broadcasters, and college students. The focus of the IBBA is to increase minority media ownership.
IBBA annual event past guest speakers include Actress Victoria Rowell, The late Marion Barry, Mr. James Brown of CBS “NFL Today”, Actor Mr. Dan Aykroyd, Ms. Robin Roberts of ABC,s “Good Morning America”, The Late Mr.Dick Gregory, The Honorable James Perkins, the first black Mayor of Selma, Alabama. Actor/ Activist Danny Glover, Dr. Cornell West, the Honorable Mignon Clyburn Former FCC Commissioner, The Honorable Johnny Ford The First Black Mayor of Tuskegee, Alabama to name a few. For more information visit, www.ibbainc.com.