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New York Urban League Hosts a Series of Events Honoring the Life And Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Date: Jan 25, 2021


New York, NY — Monday, January 18th through Saturday, January 23rd The New York Urban League has created a series of virtual events to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that includes educational workshops, scholarship opportunities, career exploration and courageous conversation about race. This week of activities is sponsored by Medidata, Door Dash, Partnership for After School Education (PASE), CON-ED and Nordstrom. “We thought it important, at this time of political and social unrest, to develop virtual intergenerational programming, to honor the legacy of Dr. King”.  – Arva Rice, President & CEO, New York Urban League

On Thursday, January 21st at 6:30pm, join us for our Courageous Conversations About Race featuring Arva R. Rice, President & CEO, New York Urban League & Wes Moore, Bestselling author, Army combat veteran, social entrepreneur, and CEO, Robin Hood. Arva and Wes will discuss how foundations can respond to the racial awakening that the death of George Floyd and others, and the coronavirus, warrants. Courageous Conversations About Race is a series of curated conversations between CEOs, activists and academics that examine what the events of 2020 tell us about diversity, race and inclusion, and how we can create more diverse workplaces as a result. Leaders speak about how they have managed this moment, the initiatives they have created, and how we can pave the way forward. RSVP TODAY!

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Also, on Thursday, January 21st at 12pm, the Career and Development Department hosts an employment workshop featuring author and career coach, Yusuf Wilson, who is the President and Senior Consultant of Wilson Training and Consulting Systems.  The week will conclude with the release of the 2021 Whitney M. Young Jr. Scholarship for college bound students. Scholarship awards range from $1,500.00 to $3,500.00. 

The week kicked off on Monday, January 18, 2021 with a the MLK Day of Service: Inequality is Unacceptable event that brought together NYC High School students with positive role models for an educational, interactive, fun, and memorable 1/2-day program.   Volunteers participated in a variety of ways such as leading workshops and providing tech support throughout the program. The successful event exceeded planned expectations and was attended by over 75 youth and more than 40 volunteers. All students were encouraged to pre-register for two of four workshops offered during the event; (1) Leadership Development, (2) History of Youth in Activism, (3) Missing History of the Civil Right Movement, and (4) Career Exploration. The students were actively engaged in the workshops they attended.  

About New York Urban League:

The New York Urban League’s mission is to enable African Americans and other underserved ethnic communities to secure a first-class education, economic self-reliance, and equal respect of their civil rights through programs, services, and advocacy. For a century, the NYUL has helped challenged New Yorkers find humanity, connect and help each other, and gain access to equal opportunity in employment, education, financial and technological literacy, and more. The New York Urban League, Inc. is one of the local affiliates of the National Urban League. Please visit us at to learn more about our efforts.

Jacqueline Jackson 
New York Urban League
Chief Operations Officer