PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The National Association of Black Journalists is holding its convention this week in Philadelphia, where its founding chapter was formed back in 1975.

The gathering heard from two top people in the White House: President Obama, through a video, and Attorney General Eric Holder, in person.

Echoing the words of the president, Holder exhorted the journalists, “to speak truth to power by raising awareness of what is right and what is wrong.”

Holder says without the work of journalists, there would not be a starting point for progress, or the pursuit of justice, “I consider journalists to be essential partners in the administration and the achievements of justice. We do share a professional obligation, that is, to seek the truth.”

NBC News anchor Lester Holt sat down with Holder for a spontaneous newsmakers’ session. Those in the audience were able to submit questions using Twitter.

Reported by Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio 1060

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