National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial called the organization’s 2019 Conference, convened last month in Indianapolis, Indiana, one of the most successful in Urban League history.
”We generated a profound national dialogue centered upon our theme, ‘Getting 2 Equal: United Not Divided,’ that drew in everyone from aspiring entrepreneurs just getting started to candidates for the highest office in the land,” Morial said.
“Our affiliate CEOs and staff shared best practices and perspectives and our movement is all the stronger for it.More than 15,000 attended the conference, highlighted by the appearance of the top candidates running in the 2020 Presidential election, including Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Pete Buttegieg, Amy Klobuchar, John Delaney, Tim Ryan and Ami Horowitz.
“Getting 2 Equal: United Not Divided” the theme of the 2019 National Urban League Conference, reflects a commitment for eliminating disparities and expanding opportunity – “Getting to Equal” – but also a keen desire to heal the nation’s deep divisions and work with all Americans toward a common goal.
Morial also thanked the Conference’s title sponsors: Bank of America, Honda, Lilly Endowment, Nationwide and Strada Education Network.The four-day event at the Indiana Convention Center featured empowering sessions and workshops presented by political, business, and entertainment leaders and influencers on topics including education, business, the economy, health, and justice. Singer-songwriter and Producer Anthony Hamilton, Actress, Dancer and Choreographer Debbie Allen and Retired NBA Player Norm Nixon were honored during the Whitney M. Young Awards Gala.
Backpacks and school supplies were distributed to 6,500 community members, on site and around the community, as part of the Back-To-School Community and Family Day on Saturday, which offered health screenings, free haircuts for children, and other informative and entertaining exhibits and sessions. More than 2,000 job hunters — in person and virtually — networked with employers at the Career and Networking Fair, while about 200 students gathered at nearby University of Indianapolis for the Urban League Youth Leadership, perused the College Fair.
Participants in Saturday’s Small Business Matters entrepreneurship summit competed for cash prizes at the Pitch Contest, while those competing in the Tech Connect Demo Day collaborated on developing innovative, tech-based solutions to socially pressing issues.For more information about the 2020 Conference in Houston, visit nul.org.