Final Call Managing Editor Starla Muhammad and NNPA President and CEO Dr. Ben Chavis holds Ida B. Wells award during the recent NNPA annual convention in Nashville. Photo: Courtesy of Starla Muhammad

NASHVILLE—The Final Call newspaper was among the awardees and was recognized once again for its work by the Black Press of America, the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) during its 2023 annual convention in Nashville, Tennessee. The Sacramento Observer was recognized as the nation’s best Black newspaper and received the John B. Russwurm Award.

The Final Call won first place in the Social and Criminal Justice category and received the Ida B. Wells award for an article written by Contributing Writer Michael Z. Muhammad titled, “Hell on Earth in Alabama.” The National Newspaper Publishers Association is a trade association of more than 200 Black-owned newspapers from around the United States.

Final Call Managing Editor Starla Muhammad attended the convention which was held June 28-July 1 and accepted the award. “We can never thank Almighty God Allah, Master W. Fard Muhammad, enough for His Exalted Christ, the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad. And we thank Their Divine and Anointed Servant, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, our publisher of peace for his uncompromising commitment to truth, freedom, justice and equality,” she said.  Sister Starla also expressed gratitude to Final Call General Manager Abdul Rasul Muhammad and Final Call Editor Naba’a Muhammad for their dedication and support.

“Congratulations and thank you to the entire hard-working and dedicated Final Call staff, our contributors, the F.O.I. and M.G.T., and our readers for their continued support,” she added.