Charging Buffalo Award

Kim Keenan

Kim Keenan

President and CEO
Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC)

Kim Michele Keenan began her tenure as President and CEO of MMTC in November 2014, succeeding MMTC’s co-founder and CEO of 28 years. Her tenure at MMTC has focused policies and programs ensuring that every American can participate in our digital economy and increasing diversity from entry-level to ownership in media, tech, and telecommunications. Prior to taking the helm at MMTC, Keenan served as General Counsel and Secretary of the NAACP, the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the world. Her accomplishments as General Counsel include oversight of the Hollywood Bureau and Image Awards, soliciting more than a million dollars in pro bono legal services for the NAACP, and numerous civil rights lawsuits. Keenan has also served as principal of her own law firm and in the litigation practices of two nationally recognized law firms for over two decades. After law school, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable John Garrett Penn in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. She is a Past President of the 100,000 member District of Columbia Bar and the 60,000 member National Bar Association, the largest network of African American lawyers, judges, and law students in the country.

Keenan currently serves on the Senior Adjunct Faculty of the George Washington University Law Center, the National Trial College for the University of Virginia School of Law, and the Charles Hamilton Houston Law Preparatory Institute at the Georgetown University Law Center. She is also a former trustee of the University of the District of Columbia. Keenan is a nationally recognized speaker and lecturer on various topics and has been a commentator on CNN, Fox News, and TV One’s News One Now. Keenan, a top trial lawyer and civil rights attorney, has been the recipient of numerous awards from organizations such as Vote It Loud, the National Bar Association, the National Association of Women Lawyers, the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee, the NAACP, the District of Columbia Bar, and she is listed on the Lawyers of Color 2015 Power List as one of the nation’s most influential attorneys of color. She has been named a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer and recognized as a Top Lawyer by Washingtonian Magazine. A native of Buffalo, New York, Keenan is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and the University of Virginia School of Law.

Publications and Appearances:

State of Broadband and Social Justice Address (Transcript)
State of Broadband and Social Justice Address (Video; Remarks start at 41:20)
High Tech Must Give Higher Priority to Diversity
Why You Should Care About the Digital Divide
Net Equality Needed as Much as Net Neutrality

Charging Buffalo Award History

Since 1993, Buffalo Nite honors a Buffalonian or a friend of Buffalo with the “Charging Buffalo” Award in recognition of his/her career achievement and relationship between Western New York and the Washington, D.C. Metro area.

Do you have a Charging Buffalo Award candidate?

Buffalo Nite honors a Buffalonian or friend of Buffalo with the “Charging Buffalo” Award (CBA) to recognize career achievement. The Buffalo Nite committee is always looking for a person who reflects the values and work ethic of Buffalonians and has played a role connecting Buffalo and Washington, DC in some manner. To submit a candidate, please include a brief biography

Questions to address for proposed candidates:

  • Was the person born in Buffalo or Western New York?
  • How long did they live there?
  • What did they do there?
  • Do they reside in the Washington, D.C. area?  How long?
  • What do they do in the Metro Washington, D.C. area?
  • What outstanding actions or accomplishment has this person achieved?
  • Is the person able to be present at Buffalo Nite this September?
  • Has the person been a friend or supporter of Buffalo Nite?  In what way?

Please submit your candidate information to: VIP@buffalonite.org

Past recipients include:

2015 - Megan Smith, US Chief Technology Officer
2014 - H. David Jay, Architect
2013 - The Honorable Tom Reynolds, former Congressman
2012 - Jim Militello, Radio Sports Reporter for Associated Press Broadcast
2011 - Tracy O’Grady, Owner and Executive Chef, Willow
2010 - Erik Brady, Sportswriter for USA Today
2009 - Donald E. Will, President and CEO of Will Poultry Company
2008 - Charles W. Roesch, Owner of multifaceted restaurant and catering business
2007 - The Honorable Bill Paxon, Buffalo area Congressman and lobbyist
2006 - Michael A. Fitzpatrick, General Secretary, International Association of Iron Workers
2005 - Tom Toles, Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist for the Washington Post
2004 - The Honorable Jack Quinn, Buffalo area Congressman
2003 - The Honorable(s) Jack Kemp, John LaFalce, and Hank Nowak, Buffalo area Congressman and Buffalo Nite founders
2002 - Gwen Ifill, Managing Editor and Moderator, PBS Washington Week
2001 - Scheduled for September 12, cancelled
2000 - The Honorable Daniel Patrick Moynihan, U.S. Senator, State of New York
1999 - Marv Levy, Head Coach of the Buffalo Bills
1998 - James T. Molloy, Doorkeeper, U.S. House of Representatives
1997 - The Honorable Thomas A. Constantine, Administrator, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
1996 - David O. “Doc” Cooke, Pentagon administrator
1995 - Wolf Blitzer, CNN television correspondent
1994 - Mark Russell, Political satirist
1993 - Tim Russert, Moderator of Meet the Press, NBC Washington Bureau Chief