As the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) prepares to kick off its 75th anniversary in 2015, the organization is launching a new hashtag on November 3 to celebrate the milestone and engage the public in participating.

#OurVoice75 will provide an opportunity for the public to participate in commemorating 75 years of the NNPA and its 200 member black newspapers delivering news, information, sports and entertainment to the world from the black perspective.

NNPA is inviting the public to Tweet @NNPABlackPress in response to “What does having a voice mean to you?” #OurVoice75. For example: .@NNPABlackPress “Having a voice means that I am not overlooked, but heard #OurVoice75. Be sure to include the period (.) before the @ in the response.

NNPA serves as the only collective print source that covers news from the black perspective. As 2015 marks 75 years of the NNPA serving as the Voice of the Black Community, #OurVoice 75 offers members of the public an opportunity to be heard on the important role black newspapers play in giving the black perspective on news.

“The Black Press is one of the only opportunities for black Americans to see their history from their perspective and have it recorded and archived in this unique way,” said Cloves C. Campbell Jr., chairman of NNPA. “The NNPA’s 75th anniversary is a great opportunity for members of the public to voice their opinions on the special role that black newspapers serve in their lives.”

#OurVoice75 will run throughout 2015.

“We have shown the nation the struggle, sacrifice, progress and triumph of black Americans and of America as a nation from the black perspective,” said Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., president and CEO of the NNPA. “The Black Press covers the progress of black Americans and provides interpretation of the events involved in our progress. No other print or digital media serves in this role quite like the Black Press.”

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