Urban One Founder and Chairwoman, Cathy Hughes and CEO Alfred Liggins III, have received Congressional commendations for the company’s 40-year anniversary and its impact on the national media landscape.
Congressional leaders, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) both recognized Urban One’s 40 years of service with statements on the floors of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, respectively.
“Mr. President, I rise today to honor a tenacious, entrepreneur, visionary radio personality, and powerful advocate for the African American community, Cathy Hughes,” Van Hollen said. “This year, her pioneering radio company, Urban One, celebrated 40 years on the air. Cathy Hughes has left an indelible mark on the State of Maryland and inspired millions of listeners across the country.”
As earlier reported by Inside Radio, Norton acknowledged the impact Urban One has had on the national media landscape and the contribution of Liggins, Hughes’ son and business partner, who is responsible for taking the company public. “In 1999, at the recommendation of her son, who had received his MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Cathy Hughes became the first African American woman to chair a publicly held corporation,” Norton said.
“I am deeply humbled by this prestigious recognition and grateful that Urban One’s contributions are now a part of our nation’s Congressional record,” Hughes remarked in a release. “The year 2020 will long be remembered as a year that challenged and changed our country, and while we faced unprecedented trials, this honor and our opportunity to be of service to the Black community are among the highest distinctions we have received.”
Hughes was also inducted into the NABJ Hall of Fame along with other noted media professionals, including senior correspondent and Fox NFL reporter Pam Oliver and Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell.
Urban One postponed its plans to commemorate its milestone anniversary with an event.Instead, it established a new foundation, Urban One Community Works, a non-profit that provides financial support to organizations and programs that work to strengthen and improve the quality of life of African Americans in the markets it serves. Its inaugural donations were made in support of agencies providing aid to families struggling due to COVID-19.