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Caldwell Café to Host PR Veteran Ofield Dukes

Ofield Dukes, APR is scheduled to speak during this month's Caldwell Café, Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 6 p.m. in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications. In 1969 Dukes started his own public relations firm, Ofield Dukes and Associates, that is among the most successful public relations firms in the Nation's Capital, with specialized expertise in minority affairs, particularly African-American, African, and political affairs. Among his first clients were Motown Records and Lever Brothers. In 1975 Dukes was awarded the Silver Anvil award by the Public Relations Society of America, given for the highest achievement in the practice of public relations. Dukes has been called “one of the best public relations professionals in the city of Washington, D.C.” and has worked for every Democratic presidential campaign since 1972. Among his many other achievements, Dukes has taught public relations curriculum at Howard and American universities, founded the Black Public Relations Society of Washington, and is an inductee in both the National PRSA Hall of Fame and the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame. The Feb. 17 evening's Caldwell Café will open with greetings from Prof. Earl Caldwell and will be moderated by Dr. Francis McDonald, APR.