KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver for the second consecutive year led a tour group to Cuba, which included several KCABJ members. The trip this month just as last year was sponsored by the National Association for Multicultural Education. Bette is its executive director.
Nearly half of people in the group of 23 were from Kansas City. They included KCABJ members Bette, Kia Breaux Randle, Anita Parran and Lewis Diuguid; Manny and Sara Pedram with Global and Multicultural Education; Gwen Grant, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City; Clinton Adams, an attorney; Chuck Wurth and his wife, Antonia; retired teacher Rebecca Russell; and Crossroads Academy Principal Tysie McDowell-Ray. The Kansas City group joined educators and health care professionals from throughout the country on the journey to Cuba.
The group traveled first to Miami, and then to Havana before going deeper into the countryside. This is the second trip to Cuba that Bette has led with KCABJ members attending to learn about the people, culture and changes occurring in the communist country since President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro started talks on Dec. 17, 2014, to normalize relations between the two countries. The Cold War and continuing tensions had resulted in a severe U.S. economic embargo on the island nation just 90 miles south of Florida.
The two governments last year opened embassies in the other’s country, and Obama and first lady Michelle Obama traveled to Cuba in March. Obama became the first sitting president since 1928 when President Calvin Coolidge visited Cuba.
At the KCABJ meeting, members discussed the media awards. No date has been set, and members are encouraged to save their best work or what they have seen produced locally to submit for critique later this summer.
The joint National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists convention runs Aug. 3-7 in Washington, D.C.
The jobs fair will give journalists of color an opportunity to shop around to see how they can better their careers. In addition, CNN is offering a producers workshop, enabling broadcast journalists to beef up their skills. A daylong workshop also will be offered for broadcast reporters. Go to nabj.org for more information.
CNBC is providing a free workshop to enhance the skills of aspiring journalists. Afterward, three participants will be picked to interview with CNBC Global Headquarters for a CNBC business news associate position. For more information go to the CNBC Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CNBCBizNewsAssociate/.