April Ryan signs her book at the CAA luncheon. Photo by Asia Harris.

April Ryan signs her book at the CAA luncheon. Photo by Asia Harris.

By Asia Harris

The Cincinnati Herald

On Thursday November 9th, the Community Action Agency (CAA) celebrated its 53rd Annual Luncheon discussing the organizations accomplishments over the last year, as well hearing from a keynote speaker who aligns with their mission.

Curtis Fuller introduced keynote speaker, journalist and author, April Ryan. For over 15 years, Ryan has been the White House correspondent for the American Urban Radio Networks. In May 2017, the National Association of Black Journalists named her as the Journalist of the Year. Ryan emphasized the importance of citizens taking control of being the change that African American communities need to see. She also wanted the audience to keep in mind that the state of America is about more than politics; it is about humanity and equality.

Mayor John Cranley presented an honorable proclamation from the City of Cincinnati declaring November 9th Community Action Agency Day in the city of Cincinnati and throughout all of Hamilton County.

Gwen Robinson CEO of CAA spoke on events in her life that resonated with her through life that gave reason on why she has dedicated her career to giving back. She says she lives with the mindset that it is our duty as a community to provide what we can.”

Members of the Cincinnati Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalist and The Cincinnati Herald staff pose for a picture with the CAA Luncheon keynote speaker April Ryan. Photo by Asia Harris.

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