The Final Call newspaper was among awardees and was recognized once again for its work by the Black Press of America, the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) during its 2021 virtual convention. The Birmingham Times won top prize for Newspaper Excellence and the St. Louis American won first place for the Pinnacle Award. 

The Final Call won first place for Education writing and second place for Newspaper Design. The Education story was a feature about two granddaughters of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan who went to Cuba’s medical school to become doctors, which was an inspiring and important story.

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The Tabloid Design award was for the issue dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Million Man March observed last year. The annual awards ceremony was previously known as the Merritt Awards. The name was changed to the Messenger Awards.

“We thank Almighty God Allah and His Christ, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, our publisher and founder, our staff and contributors, the FOI (Fruit of Islam, the men of the Nation of Islam) and our readers for their support and our success,” said Final Call Editor in Chief Naba’a Muhammad.  “We are honored to bring honor to the name Muhammad, our Minister and our Nation, he added.


The National Newspaper Publishers Association is a trade association of the more than 200 Black-owned newspapers from around the United States.

“We will continue to work and serve to bring you the quality of news and the depth and quality of reporting you deserve. We are humbled and hungry to be Black America’s and the world’s best newspaper. Allah U Akbar! God Is the Greatest!” said Editor Muhammad.