Urban League of Middle TN celebrates 45 years

Marc Morial

Marc Morial

Marc H. Morial, the president and CEO of the National Urban League, is coming to Nashville for the local Founder’s Day commemorative events for the Urban League of Middle Tennessee (ULMT). Mr. Morial and his message on Redeeming the Dream will be featured on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at Lake Providence Missionary Baptist Church at a free public event. Bruce Maxwell is the senior pastor and Samuel H. Howard, a National Urban League Trustee and former chair and member of the local Urban League board of directors is a member there.

Thursday, September 26, 2013, on the campus of Fisk University, there will be a ticketed breakfast event. The leadership breakfast will again feature the National Urban League president Marc Morial, and it will provide an opportunity to honor past Urban League of Middle Tennessee board members. The local the Urban League of Middle Tennessee (ULMT) affiliate is celebrating 45 years of service to the greater Nashville community. The Urban League of Middle Tennessee was stablished in 1968 by a group of local business leaders, and today it impacts over 3,000 youth and adults annually through workforce and youth development programs. The Urban League of Middle Tennessee changes lives by working to support clients in gaining access to the economic mainstream.

Lake Providence Missionary Baptist Church is located at 5891 Nolensville Pike in South Nashville. The Commemoration event there begins at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, September 25 and there will be a reception immediately following the program, which is entirely free and open to the public. The next day, the Leadership Breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m in the Appleton Room of Fisk University, located in Jubilee Hall on the campus at 1000 – 17th Avenue North.

The breakfast event will recognize the contributions of George Edmund Haynes, the co-founder and 1st National President of the National Urban League, who is a graduate of Fisk University. Dr. George Edmund Haynes (1881 – 1960) was born and raised in Arkansas, Haynes migrated from Pine Bluff, Arkansas to New York City, where he would live most of his life. He received a sociology PhD from Columbia University, thus making him the first African-American to earn a PhD from Columbia. From 1918 to 1921, Haynes served as director of the Division of Negro Economics in the United States Department of Labor, thus becoming the first African-American to serve in a federal sub-cabinet post. The breakfast event will also recognize the retiring leadership volunteers of the ULMT. The hosts for the events are Samuel Howard, Darrell Freeman, Dan France, Darren Gottschalk, Rob McCab, Rosetta Miller Perry, Harry L. Wilson, and Henry Beecher Hicks, Jr.

September is membership month for the the Urban League of Middle Tennessee. For additional information about membership, ticket purchases or event sponsorship, please contact Patricia Stokes at pstokes@urbanleagueofmidtn.org or 615-254-0525 or visit the official Urban League website at www.ulmt.org