Urban League hosts 49th Equal Opportunity Day Luncheon

Don Cravins Jr will speak at the Urban League of Middle Tennessee Equal Opportunity Day Luncheon

Don Cravins Jr will speak at the Urban League of Middle Tennessee Equal Opportunity Day Luncheon

The Urban League of Middle Tennessee (ULMT) hosts their 49th Equal Opportunity Day (EOD) Luncheon, celebrating 49 years of service, on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at the Hilton Downtown Nashville. Donald R. Cravins, Jr. will be the keynote speaker; the luncheon begins at 11:30 am. following registration at 11:00 a.m.

Proceeds from the EOD Luncheon will benefit the education and workforce development programs and services provided through ULMT. Established in 1968 by a group of local business leaders, ULMT consistently impacts over 3,000 youth and adults annually. Employment resulting from ULMT services returns over 3 million dollars annually in wages earned by ULMT clients to the greater Nashville economy. Through their work, they support clients in gaining access to the economic mainstream. They empower individuals, communities and change lives.

Their Five-point Strategy includes: Education and Youth Empowerment, which ensures the education of all children by providing access to early childhood literacy, after-care programs and college scholarships; Economic Empowerment, which invests in the financial literacy and employability of adults through job training, home ownership and entrepreneurship; Health and Quality of Life Empowerment, which promotes community wellness through a focus on prevention, including fitness, healthy eating and access to affordable healthcare; Civic Engagement and Leadership Empowerment, which encourages all people to take an active role to improve quality of life through participation in community service projects and public policy initiatives; and Civil Rights and Racial Justice Empowerment, which guarantees equal participation in all facets of American society through proactive public policies and community-based programs.

EOD Luncheon speaker Don Cravins Jr. serves as the National Urban League’s Senior Vice President for Policy and Executive Director of the Washington Bureau. Cravins leads the development of the National Urban League’s policy, research, and advocacy agenda, while expending the organization’s impact and influence inside the Capital Beltway.

Cravins has been a practicing attorney and a member of the Louisiana Bar Association since 1998. He was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 2004, and to the Louisiana Senate in 2006. In January of 2013, Cravins began as Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana. Cravins is an adjunct professor at George Washington University, and is a captain in the District of Columbia Army National Guard Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps. Cravins is married to Attorney Yvette Puckett Cravins and they have three children. Yvette is Chief of Staff for Congressman William Lacy Clay, Jr. of Missouri.

For additional information about ticket purchases or event sponsorship, contact Tempest Utley by phone at 615-254-0525 or by email at tutley@urbanleagueofmidtn.org . If you have any additional questions and/or wish to volunteer to help the ULMT serve the community, visit the ULMT website at: www.ul-mdtn.iamempowered.com

January 9, 2017, The National Urban League released a comprehensive scorecard evaluating the presidential term of Barack Obama, giving the Administration a rating of “Excellent.” Morial noted that President Obama is leaving office with an approval rating even higher than Reagan’s, exceeded only by Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and Bill Clinton.

“He inherited the worst economy since the Great Depression, and was faced with Congressional opposition unprecedented in its intensity and sinister nature,” National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial said. “We asked ourselves not only whether the nation as a whole is better off than it was eight years ago, but also whether Black America is better off. The answer to both questions is, unequivocally, yes.”

The full scorecard can be found at the following link: http://bit.ly/2iQSabd