Celebrating Black History Month: Trailblazers in Public Relations

Black History Month is a time to honor and recognize the achievements, contributions, and resilience of African Americans throughout history. In the realm of Public Relations, there have been notable trailblazers who have not only shattered barriers but have also paved the way for future generations. This month provides an opportunity to reflect on their accomplishments and the impact they’ve had on the field.

“The Capital Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association is honored to celebrate African American professionals in the field of Public Relations during Black History Month. These dynamic individuals are not only valuable contributors to the PR industry but have also paved the way for future generations through their leadership, innovation, and dedication to excellence. I invite you to join us in celebrating their achievements and recognizing their impact on our profession, our community, and beyond.” – Valencia Scott, FPRA Capital Chapter President-Elect

Industry Trailblazers

Inez Kaiser – Breaking Ground in PR
In 1957, Inez Kaiser made history by becoming the first African American woman to own a PR firm in the United States. Fondly referred to as the “First Lady of PR,” Kaiser’s strategic approach and commitment to diversity and inclusion continue to inspire professionals in the field. Her legacy extends beyond her achievements, emphasizing the importance of mentorship.

Moss Kendrix – A Visionary Communicator
Moss Kendrix, a visionary in the 1940s, established the first African American-owned PR firm in Washington, D.C. Known for his ability to create targeted campaigns that resonated with diverse audiences, Kendrix’s influence reached beyond the PR realm. He played a pivotal role in advancing civil rights and social justice, leaving an enduring impact on both communication and society.

Cheryl Procter-Rogers – A Champion for Diversity
Cheryl Procter-Rogers, the first African American woman to chair the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) in 2000, has been a tireless advocate for diversity and inclusion. As a sought-after speaker and influencer in ethical communication practices, Procter-Rogers continues to shape the future of PR, emphasizing the importance of embracing diversity within the profession.

As we commemorate Black History Month, let us reflect on the accomplishments of these and many other trailblazers and recognize the progress made in fostering diversity and inclusivity within the PR industry. Their stories serve as an inspiration to all of us, reminding us of the importance of championing equality and creating opportunities for future generations to thrive in the dynamic world of public relations.


Local Trailblazers

We also would like to recognize the incredible work done locally by the following people.

Taylore Maxey
Sachs Media (member)

Karen Kirksey
City of Tallahassee (member)

Heidi Otway
Salter MitchellPR (member/past president)

Khia Thomas 
Founder of Infinite Public Relations Firm (non-member)

Kianna Gilley
Community & Media Relations, Leon County Government (member)

Pam Saulsby

Shonda Knight
Executive Director, Community & Media Relations, Leon County Sheriffs Office (former member, former board member)