National Press Club

This Week in National Press Club History

January 11, 2010 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

Jan.10, 1955: The National Press Club board votes 6 to 4 to admit first black journalist, Louis Lautier of the Atlanta Daily World and the Negro Press Association, and on Feb. 4, 1955 , the Club membership agrees 377 to 281.

Jan. 12, 1950 : Secretary of State Dean Acheson outlines American’s “defense perimeter,” leaving out Korea and Taiwan , thus marking Press Club luncheons as events of international significance.

Jan.13, 2006: The National Press Club opens its Broadcasting Operations Center .

Jan. 14, 1960 : Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy addresses the Club and says he will be a vigorous leader.

This Week in National Press Club history is brought to you by the History Committee, which is dedicated to preserving and revitalizing the Club’s history through displays, panel discussions and lectures, as well as interviewing members as part of the Club’s long-standing oral history project. For additional information on the Club’s rich history, contact the Club archives.

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