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"Doll" Carter, publisher of Houston Forward Times and NNPA treasurer,
dies at 69
Hazel Trice Edney
NNPA Editor-in-Chief (April
12, 2010) Black publishers around the nation are mourning the sudden
death of one of their own this week. Houston Forward Times Publisher
Lenora "Doll" Carter, treasurer of the board of directors for the
National Newspaper Publishers Association, and a former NNPA Publisher
of the Year, was found dead of an apparent heart attack on Saturday
morning, April 10. She was 69.
The body of the Houston journalistic icon will lie in state on Friday,
April 16, starting at 12 Noon at Holman Street Baptist Church, 3501
Holman Street, Houston, Texas 77004 with a celebration to be held Friday
evening from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. The Homegoing Celebration will be held on
Saturday, April 17th at Holman Street Baptist Church at 10:00 a.m.
"It is with a profound sadness that I inform some and confirm for
others, the NNPA and the entire Black Newspaper Publishing world's great
loss of our National Treasurer, Lenora "Doll" Carter," announced NNPA
Chairman Danny Bakewell Sr. in a statement released late Sunday after
speaking to her Houston family by phone. "Yesterday, I spoke with Doll's
daughter Karen and gave her my sincere condolences and offered any help
we could provide to both she and her family on behalf of all NNPA
Publishers. As was the case with her mother, Karen is proving to be a
very strong and poised Black woman during this time of sadness and
challenge to her family."
Karen Carter Richards, the youngest of Carter's two daughters, associate
publisher of the paper who has worked alongside her mother for 28 years,
said in an interview with the NNPA News Service that she went looking
for her mother after she did not answer repeated calls to her cell and
home phones Saturday morning. She found her in her room by the bed.
''She was already gone,'' she said. She said her mother had been on a
regiment of high blood pressure medication.
"She believed in the Lord. That's what helps me to continue to stand and
not completely fall to pieces because all I know is that she would
expect me to be there Monday morning and get this paper out like
always.'' Mustering spiritual strength reflective of her mother's, she
said, ''I know my Mom. We have never missed an issue in 50 years and we
can't start now.''
Bakewell, NNPA Foundation Chair Dorothy R. Leavell, and other members of
NNPA are shaken by the death of Carter, who less than a month ago
celebrated Black Press Week alongside them in Washington.
Leavell, who has known Carter for more than 40 years, persuaded her to
run for treasurer in 2003 and nominated her as publisher of the year in
2004, said this week that Carter had hinted at not feeling well during
the March 17-19 festivities in Washington.
"She did not go to the Capitol with us this time because she said her
feet were swollen and she couldn't do a lot of walking. But, she did
come to the NewsMaker Dinner and seemed to truly enjoy it," said Leavell.
In their decades of working together as Black Publishers, Leavell was
among the eye witnesses to Carter's soldier-like service to the Black
Press. ''Doll exemplifies the publisher that is dedicated to the Black
press. She is active locally, but also consistently active on the
national level through the National Newspaper Publishers Association.
She truly deserves this honor, the highest honor bestowed by the NNPA
Foundation," Leavell said of her colleague upon nominating her as
publisher of the year.
In addition to being fellow publishers, Leavell quickly pointed out that
she and Carter also "shared these serious relationships with our
grandchildren. We shared those stories of our grandchildren and we kept
up with what they were doing," she noted fondly. "She will be greatly
missed, no doubt about it."
NNPA First Vice Chair John B. Smith Sr., who worked with Carter during
the past four years as chair, also described the dedicaton of ''my good
friend and 'sister in the struggle.''
He said, '''Doll' was not only a friend toward the advancement of
African-American achievement. Overall, she personified distinctive
grace, character and style as a 'chaplain for the common good' as
publisher of The Houston Forward Times.''
A publisher, mother, grandmother, and community servant, Carter was also
a devoted wife to James McDaniel to whom she has been married for 22
years. "I had to share her," he lovingly recalled in a brief interview
Sunday. "I had to share her with everybody. She was not all mine. It
took me a little while to get to that point, but that was her."
With deep admiration, McDaniel described his wife's love for people from
all walks of life. "She could talk with world leaders or she could talk
with a guy unemployed. It just didn't matter," he said. "If you knew her
and you were around her you were not a stranger long…She was like a
magnet. People were drawn to her. She had a magnetic personality."
His sentiments were echoed by her daughter, Karen: "She was so many
things to so many people…So much wisdom," she said. "We talked about
anything. She was my best friend, we worked together every day, we
traveled together. It is such a great loss."
The Houston Forward Times, founded by Carter's late husband, Julius
Carter, in January 1960 will be commemorating its 50th anniversary in
October this year.
Carter had served as general manager and advertising director until his
death in 1971. That year, she became publisher and CEO of the company. A
biography on the paper's website, www.forwardtimes.com, lists her
numerous awards and accomplishments. It reads as follows:
Lenora graduated from McNary High School in McNary, Arizona and attended
Arizona State University majoring in Business Administration.
Mrs. Carter is a member of Eta Phi Beta Sorority-XI Chapter, National
Association of Market Developers, National Women of Achievement,
National Newspaper Publishers association, Texas Press Association,
Greater Houston Partnership, stockholder and presently serves on the
Board of Directors of Amalgamated Publishers, Inc. She served as
Secretary of National Newspaper Publishers Association for eight years
and also served on the Board of Directors of NNPA. She served on the
Board of Directors of Riverside National Bank, Riverside General
Hospital, Eliza Johnson Home for the Aged, Society for Performing Arts,
Independent State Bank, UNCF and YMCA. She is an active member of Holman
Street Baptist Church where Rev. Manson Johnson is Pastor.
Mrs. Carter's accomplishments have earned her numerous awards: Publisher
of the Year (NNPA), NAACP Mickey Leland Humanitarian Award, Black Women
in Journalism for Outstanding Accomplishment and Achievement in the
Communication Industry (Pioneer Award), Alma Newsom Vision Award, NAMD
Emphasis Award, Houston Medical Forum Recognition Award, Robert S.
Abbott Award, Anheuser Busch W,I.S.E. Award for Outstanding Achievement
as Publisher & Community Leader; Fred D. Patterson Leadership Award,
Illustrious Potentate's Distinguished Service Award Doric Temple #76,
Ethel Ransom Art and Literary Outstanding Leadership, National
Association of Media Women, United Fund Outstanding Achievement in
Media, Challenge of Change, Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, Houston League
of Business and Professional Women in Achievements, Eta Phi Beta
Outstanding Leadership, St. Joseph Volunteer Service Award, Texas State
Teachers Association Dedicated Service Award, San Jacinto Girl Scout
Merit Award, TSU Tennis Club Leadership Award, as well as South Post Oak
Little League Outstanding Sponsorship.
She was recently awarded the Toombs-Brown Award from Professional Black
Women's Enterprise, Inc., and the ''Pace Setter'' Award from Sigma Gamma
Rho Sorority, Inc., Gamma Phi Sigma Chapter and received the 2002
National Council of Negro Women Pacesetters Award.
Lenora Carter was born in Corrigan, Texas. She is the mother of two
daughters, Constance Yvette Carter and Karen Yvonne Carter Richards. She
has three grandchildren, Jesse, Chelsea, and Nykayla. The services are
under the direction of McCoy and Harrison Funeral Home located at 4918
Martin Luther King Blvd., Houston Texas 77021, 713-659-7618. For
additional information, please call Judy Foston of Foston International
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