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Statements on the Death of Ofield Dukes


Funeral and Memorial Service for PR Pioneer Ofield Dukes

Planned for Detroit, Washington

(Washington, December 9, 2011) — The Planning Committee for the Funeral and Memorial Service for Ofield Dukes today released plans to pay final respects to his legacy, after the veteran public relations counselor died early Wednesday, December 7, 2011 in his hometown of Detroit.

The details of the funeral include the following: 

Visitation: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Wake: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


The visitation and wake will be held at the funeral home:

James H. Cole Funeral Home

16100 Schaefer Highway

Detroit, MI 48235


Laying in State: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Funeral Service: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 11:00 am

Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church

2080 W. Grand Blvd.

Detroit, MI 48208

[The eulogy will be delivered by The Honorable Judge Damon J. Keith, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.]


Washington, DC Memorial Service - Wednesday, January 11, 2012   2 p.m.

 Shiloh Baptist Church

1500 Ninth Street, NW

Washington, DC

Background Information:

Ofield Dukes operated his PR firm, Ofield Dukes & Associates, for more than four decades in Washington before returning to Detroit in late September.  


Dukes operated one of the most successful public relations firms in the Nation's Capital. He was the recipient of numerous awards and commendations. An international traveler, Dukes was a consultant to presidential campaigns, members of the Congressional Black Caucus, entertainers, international leaders, and organizations.  


 Dukes came to Washington in l964 to accept a position in the Johnson-Humphrey Administration as Deputy Director of the President’s Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity, chaired by former President Lyndon B. Johnson. 

A year later, he was appointed to the staff of Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey.  In l969, Dukes opened his public relations firm in the National Press Building, with Motown as his first client.


His illustrious Washington career included helping to organize the first Congressional Black Caucus Dinner, serving on the CBC Foundation board for 14 years and on the board of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Non-Violence.  He played a key role in orchestrating the planning of the 1981 March on Washington to Make Martin Luther King’s Birthday a National Holiday.

In addition, he encouraged hundreds of African-American students to enter the field of public relations, while teaching public relations as an adjunct professor at Howard University’s John H. Johnson School of Communications for 25 years.  He also taught at The American University for eight years. 

In 2001, Dukes became the first African American to receive the Public Relations Society of America’s Gold Anvil, the highest award given in the public relations industry.  He also founded the DC Chapter of the Black Public Relations Society. 

Expressions of condolence to the Dukes family may be sent to 16140 LaSalle Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48221.

For more information about Ofield's life and career, visit www.ofield.com





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