A Salute to Service – BPRS Honors Paul Davis

The Black Public Relations Society of Chicago held a tribute in honor of public relations professional extraordinaire Paul W. Davis. BPRS Chicago announced that the organization has renamed this year’s scholarship the Paul Davis Memorial Scholarship.

Paul Davis, who was a former president and a founding member of BPRS Chicago, passed away on Saturday, May 12th after succumbing to an illness. Mr. Davis was a PR legend in Chicago and beyond, was the founder, president and CEO of First Trace Communications. Davis’ career began as a spokesperson for Chicago’s first African-American mayor, Mayor Harold Washington, in 1983. Davis went on to work with Congressman Danny Davis, Alderman Robert Fioretti, Alderman Roderick Sawyer, Cook County Clerk Dorothy Brown and numerous other elected officials, business leaders and non-profit organizations.

Art Norman and Lynn Norment spoke on behalf of NABJ Chicago and told how NABJ has always enjoyed collaborating with Paul and BPRS on meetings and fundraisers. Paul’s mother, Mrs. Shirley Ann Davis, attended the BPRS’s tribute, which was held at Columbia College Chicago Gallery, 33 East Congress.

Also praising the man and his work were Wynona Redmond, president of the National Black Public Relations Society; David Rudd, president of Chicago BPRS, as well as David Smallwood, Raschanda Hall, Tiasha Stevenson, Midge Kimberly, Don Rashid, Jerry Thomas, Hope Daniels and representatives from Edelman and Paul’s family.

In addition, gospel artist Kim Stratton delivered an incredible vocal tribute to Paul. Others who attended include well-known BPRS members Joe Moore, Laurie Sanders, Deborah Douglas, Deborah Crable, Dionne Williams, Peggy Austin, and Redessa Harris

A Salute to Service - BPRS Honors Paul Davis

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