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IPR is featuring some of the many female pioneers who have had an impact on the field of public relations in celebration of Women’s History Month. Born in South Carolina in 1875, Mary McLeod Bethune grew up post-Civil War with parents who were formerly enslaved. She went to school at Dwight Moody’s Institute for Home and … Continue reading Pioneer Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955)

IPR is featuring some of the many Black pioneers who have had an impact on the field of public relations in celebration of Black History Month. Barbara Gardner Proctor was born on Nov. 30, 1932, in Black Mountain, N.C.  She grew up in an impoverished neighborhood there without electricity or running water. After graduating in … Continue reading Barbara Gardner Proctor (1932-2018)

IPR is featuring some of the many female pioneers who have had an impact on the field of public relations in celebration of Women’s History Month. Born in 1914 in Huttig, Arkansas, Daisy Bates endured many hardships in early childhood but would grow up to become an outspoken pioneer in the American civil rights movement. … Continue reading Pioneer Daisy Bates (1914-1999)

IPR is featuring some of the many female pioneers who have had an impact on the field of public relations in celebration of Women’s History Month. Wangari Muta Maathai, Ph.D., was born in Nyeri, Kenya in 1940. In 1964, she obtained a degree in Biological Sciences from Mount St. Scholastica College in Atchison, Kansas, a Master … Continue reading Pioneer Wangari Maathai (1940-2011)

IPR is featuring some of the many Black American pioneers and landmark events to celebrate Black History Month. Plessy v. Ferguson was a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1896 that upheld the constitutionality of racial segregation under the “separate but equal” doctrine. The case stemmed from an 1892 incident in which Homer Plessy, who was seven-eighths … Continue reading Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)

IPR is featuring some of the many Black American pioneers and landmark events to celebrate Black History Month. Born in Atlanta, Texas on January 26, 1892, Bessie Coleman was the first African American and Native American female pilot. Her mother, Susan Coleman, was an African American maid, and her father George Coleman was a sharecropper of mixed Native … Continue reading Pioneer Bessie Coleman (1892-1926)

IPR is featuring some of the many female pioneers to celebrate Women’s History Month. Debra A. Miller, Ed.D. APR, Fellow PRSA, became the first woman of color and the first African-American to lead PRSA in 1997. Dr. Miller has held positions at Fortune 100 companies, federal agencies, the military, and universities and has served as … Continue reading Pioneer Debra A. Miller, Ed.D., APR

IPR is featuring some of the many LGBTQ+ pioneers and modern-day heroes to celebrate Pride month. Bayard Rustin was a prominent civil rights activist. He is best known for organizing the “March on Washington” for Jobs and Freedom in 1963, where more than 200,000 people gathered and where Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. gave his … Continue reading Pioneer Bayard Rustin (1912–1987)

Barbara Harris was born in Philadelphia, PA, in 1930. She attended the Charles Morris Price School of Journalism and began working for Joseph V. Baker Associates, the first African American Public Relations firm in the U.S. During her time at Joseph V. Baker and Associates she founded the Division of Women’s Information and became the … Continue reading Barbara Harris (1930-2020)

IPR has partnered with the Museum of Public Relations to feature some of the many Black PR Pioneers in celebration of Black History Month. In 1957, Inez Y. Kaiser (1918-2016) was the first African American woman to open her own public relations firm and serve national clients. She has also recently become the first Black woman … Continue reading Black PR Pioneer: Inez Kaiser (1918-2016)