New York Amsterdam News Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Elinor Tatum is one of 15 Black media figures being honored on McDonald’s’ “Black Media” Legends and Trailblazers poster. The free poster will be distributed at all tristate area McDonald’s restaurants in February in honor of Black History Month.
An event honoring Tatum and the other media figures featured took place at a luncheon at the Plaza Hotel on Wednesday, where the poster was unveiled. For the past 10 years, McDonald’s has held an annual Black history campaign in the month of February. “Faces of Black History” was created to salute and honor Black history makers throughout the community and the country, from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks to present-day heroes.
This year’s honorees are Black media figures who have impacted the Black community through their achievements and positive examples. They were selected by the previous year’s honorees. They are: Jeff Burns Jr., formerly of Ebony magazine; Alkelee Daughtry, FOX 5; Preston Davis, ABC TV Network; Elise Finch, CBS 2; Nicole Johnson, FOX 5; Jennifer Jordan, WPIX 11; Tom Joyner, ABC Radio Networks; Stephen G. Lucas, NBC News; Dean Meminger, NY1; Gil Noble, ABC 7; Carole Owens, NBC 4; Miatta Haj Smith, New York Beacon/Philadelphia Observer; Elinor Tatum, New York Amsterdam News; Ann Tripp, WBLS/WLIB; and William J. Wright, NBC News.
The commemorative posters will be given away during Black History Month, with no purchase necessary, at the more than 600 McDonald’s restaurants throughout the tristate area.