Dec. 7, 2011 23:28 UTC

NABJ Mourns the Loss of Public Relations Pioneer Ofield Dukes

Today, the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) mourns the
loss of public relations pioneer Ofield Dukes, Founder of Ofield Dukes &
Associates, a prominent African-American owned public relations firm in
Washington, DC. Dukes died early this morning at Henry Ford Hospital in
his hometown of Detroit. Born August 8, 1932, Dukes was 79 years old and
died after a long bout with multiple myeloma, a rare form of bone cancer.

“We are extremely saddened by the loss of our dear friend,” said NABJ
President Gregory Lee Jr. “Ofield Dukes revolutionized the public
relations industry by increasing the visibility of African-Americans
working in the field. Mr. Dukes will forever be regarded as a standard
bearer for public relations professionals of all races. A true giant in
the world of PR, he will truly be missed.”

Founding Ofield Dukes & Associates in 1969 and operating the firm in
Washington for over four decades, Dukes’ clientele included non-profit,
political organizations, national and international corporations. He
operated one of the most successful public relations firms in the
nation’s Capital and specialized expertise in minority affairs,
particularly African-American, African, and political affairs. A
world-wide traveler, Dukes was a consultant to many international
figures and organizations. As a result of his outstanding professional
excellence, knowledge and service, Ofield Dukes was recognized as being
among the most successful public relations executives in the country.

“Mr. Dukes has served as a mentor and a friend to journalists and media
professionals around the world. NABJ will strive to keep Mr. Dukes’
memory and his accomplishments alive,” added Dawn A. Roberts, NABJ
Associate Representative.


NABJ Communications
Aprill O. Turner, (202) 649-0719

Source: National Association of Black Journalists