On Oct. 21, the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Black Public Relations society is holding its inaugural Ofield Dukes Excellence in Public Relations Awards ceremony to celebrate the life and legacy of Dukes as well as honor the achievements of Washington D.C.-area practitioners, thought leaders, and academics in public relations and communications. The event is scheduled to take place at the JW Marriott in Northwest D.C.

“My father taught me that we are Black first and foremost. As Black people, he understood that it is our obligation to pursue excellence in every endeavor,” Roxi Victorian, the PR guru’s daughter, told the AFRO in an email. “Because, it is only with excellence that we can extend opportunities to other African-Americans, he embodied that ethos and was quick to offer anyone pursuing excellence an opportunity.”

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The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution. (Website).

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