On behalf of Cathy Hughes, founder and CEO of Radio One, Mildred Gaddis, Host of Inside Detroit, will honor Ofield Dukes December 8th at 7:00 a.m. on WCHB AM 1200/99.9 FM. It was because of Dukes that Radio One exists today.
In 2002 Hughes named the building that would house three of her Detroit stations the Ofield Dukes Communications Center.
Ofield Dukes, APR, Fellow PRSA, a distinguished PR professional, educator and journalist, passed Wednesday morning (Dec. 7) in his hometown of Detroit after a battle with bone cancer. He was 79.
Dukes was president of Ofield Dukes and Associates, a highly regarded Washington, D.C.-based PR firm that specialized in political affairs and minority affairs with particular focus on African-American and African issues.
He was a PRSA member for more than 40 years. In 2001, he received the Gold Anvil Award, PRSA’s highest individual honor. He was the first African-American that the Society honored with the award.
Dukes led PRSA’s first National Diversity Task Force in 2002 and 2003, which resulted in the Chapter Diversity Awards. Dukes began an educational campaign across the country, taking the diversity message to Chapters as one of the top priorities of the National leadership.
“Ofield Dukes inspired so many of us to follow our hearts and our passion to make public relations that much better a profession through a commitment to diversity,” said Rosanna M. Fiske, APR, PRSA’s chair and CEO. “His professional legacy lives on in those of us who worked directly with him, who got to know him and who were touched by him.”