9:00pm September 29, 2010

NUL Celebrates Founders Day; Policy Director Talks Future Vision

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One hundred years ago today, the National Urban League was founded by George Edmund Haynes and Ruth Standish Baldwin for the purpose of creating new avenues of economic empowerment and leadership among American communities of color.

“It’s been a remarkable century for the Urban League Movement,” said Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League. “We’ve made great strides, opened many doors and turned a climate of fear into a climate of hope. But more work remains to be done, and we are guided by the spirit of determination and dedication that moved our founders.”

In honor of this momentous occasion, Marc Morial, alongside Marvin Odum, President of Shell Oil Company, will sponsor the National Urban League Founders’ Day Reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Le Parker Meridien Hotel, 119 W. 56th St. in New York. Actress and comedienne Phyllis Yvonne Stickney is the mistress of ceremonies, and entertainment will be provided by jazz flutist Sherry Winston.

Leading up to NUL’s Founders Day Celebration, Politic365.com had a unique opportunity to sit down the Chanelle Hardy, Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the organization’s Policy Institute.  She shared with us her vision for the organization’s future; laid out some of their top priorities – of which broadband adoption and clean energy proliferation figured high on the list; and described for us the exciting work NUL is doing with their I AM EMPOWERED campaign.

Chanelle Hardy Interview from blackweb20 on Vimeo.

About the Author

Kristal High
Kristal Lauren High co-founded and serves as Editor in Chief of Politic365. She also operates her own communications and creative engagement company. Prior to launching the publication, Kristal developed an expertise in broadband adoption among minority, low-income and underserved populations through her work with the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies’ Media & Technology Institute. Throughout her career, Kristal has worked with national civil rights and civic associations, business leaders, minority elected officials, and Fortune 500 brands on an array of issues pertaining to the leveraged use of the Internet for online coalition building, stakeholder outreach, political advocacy and multimedia production. For her efforts in online advocacy and web publishing, Kristal received the New York Urban League Young Professionals Digital Renaissance Award and the NAACP’s Leadership 500 Chairman’s Leadership Award. She was also named to the Digital Sisterhood Network’s Top 100 Digital Sisters of the Year and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Black Broadcaster’s Association. Kristal is also the recipient of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation's Excellence in Communications award, and has been named to two top 40 Under 40 lists - the Lawyers of Color Hot List and the National Bar Association's/IMPACT Nation's Best Advocates list. The ideas and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author, and have complete editorial independence from any Politic365 partners, sponsors, or advertisers. For additional information about Politic365, please visit http://politic365.com/about/.



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  1. Thanks for sharing Krystal, great read. I recently became a member of my local Urban League. Though I've long been aware of the UL, this is the first time I invested in membership for my company. This is also the first I've heard of this campaign, I must investigate the local participation (thx for the homework!?! :) Glad to be here; just found your site, love it! #Gr8Job

    • So very glad you enjoy homework! On a serious note, I think the I AM Empowered campaign provides a great template for the ways in which enterprising associations of people can empower others, particularly with respect to issues like economic development, education and healthcare. Looking forward to hearing about the ways you get involved at the local level!

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