The Untold Power

The Untold Power

Underrepresented Groups in Public Relations

Melody T. Fisher


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The Untold Power: Underrepresented Groups in Public Relations fills a glaring void in public relations history by chronicling the practices and scholarship contributed by members of ethnically and racially underrepresented groups.

The evolution and advancement of public relations have been recorded and taught as an integral part of the communications curriculum, but the stories of these trailblazers went untold.

The text offers snapshots of past, present, and future endeavors with the hope that the reader will be inspired, reflective, and proactive. Everyone from students to seasoned professionals will learn of individual and group challenges and triumphs in academia, the workplace, and society.


Melody T. Fisher:
Melody T. Fisher, PhD, Associate Professor of Public Relations joined the Mississippi State faculty in 2014. Before joining MSU, she was Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department Mass Communication at Tougaloo College. Dr. Fisher received her Bachelor’s degree from Tougaloo College and both masters and doctoral degrees in Public Relations and Mass Communication, respectively, from the University of Southern Mississippi. At USM, she was a charter member of the Black Graduate Student Organization, and graduate assistant and advisor for the Department of Minority Affairs. Throughout her career in higher education, she has made several presentations at national conferences and published journal articles and book chapters on public relations in religious communities, crisis communication, image repair and media portrayals of minority groups.