Tag Archives: Pioneer

IPR is featuring some of the many LGBTQ+ pioneers and modern-day heroes to celebrate Pride month. Born in New York City in 1951, Sylvia Rivera was a transgender woman who advocated for the rights of the transgender community, especially people of color. Rivera faced a lot of hardship growing up. In sixth grade, she was … Continue reading Pioneer Sylvia Rivera (1951-2002)

IPR is featuring some of the many LGBTQ+ pioneers and modern-day heroes to celebrate Pride month. Simon Nkoli was born in Soweto, Gauteng, on Nov. 26, 1957. He was one of four children in a family that experienced poverty and segregation in the Apartheid state. His family would often need to hide from police to … Continue reading Pioneer Simon Nkoli (1957-1998)

This summary is provided by the IPR Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Only recently has the public relations profession acknowledged the contributions of Belle Moskowitz (1877-1933). Moskowitz held many roles, from social progressive/social worker/educator, to legislative activist, to labor relations expert, to PR director for New York/New Jersey’s Port Authority, and campaign manager for … Continue reading Pioneer Belle Moskowitz (1877-1933)

IPR is featuring some of the many women PR pioneers and modern-day heroes to celebrate Women’s History Month. Henrietta Lacks unknowingly made medical research history with the first immortalized human cell line. Unfortunately, her cells were donated without her consent and her case has spotlighted racial inequities and in this case, also a historical lack of … Continue reading Pioneer Henrietta Lacks (1920-1951)

IPR is featuring some of the many women PR pioneers and modern-day heroes to celebrate Women’s History Month Denora “Denny” Griswold was born in New York in 1908. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Hunter College and received a Master’s degree from Radcliff College. She went on to become a radio commentator for the … Continue reading Pioneer Denora “Denny” Griswold (1908-2001)

IPR is featuring some of the many Native American and Indigenous pioneers and modern-day heroes to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. This post appears courtesy of The Seattle Times and The History Channel.  Chief Seattle, or Sealth, was a leader of the Suquamish and Duwamish Native American tribes in what is now Washington State. He … Continue reading Native American Pioneer Chief Seattle (c. 1786 – 1866)

IPR is featuring some of the many Hispanic pioneers who impacted the field of public relations in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Sergio Bendixen was a pioneer in multilingual opinion polling among Latinos and the first Hispanic person to run a U.S. presidential campaign. Born in Peru, Bendixen immigrated to the United States at age … Continue reading Pioneer Sergio Bendixen (1948-2017)

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)

IPR is featuring some of the many LGBTQ+ pioneers and modern-day heroes to celebrate Pride month. Audre Lorde was a Black, lesbian poet and activist whose work advocated for the liberation of oppressed groups. Lorde published her first poem in Seventeen magazine as a high school student. She went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree … Continue reading Pioneer Audre Lorde (1934–1992)

IPR is featuring some of the many Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) pioneers who had an impact on the field of public relations in celebration of AAPI Heritage Month.  Philip Vera Cruz (1904-1994) was a Filipino American who advocated for labor rights and led several social justice initiatives for agricultural workers. After immigrating to America … Continue reading Pioneer Philip Vera Cruz (1904-1994)