The Whitney M. Young, Jr. Awards Dinner
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Silent Auction Opens - 5:30PM
Cash Bar Reception - 6:00PMDinner Program - 7:00PM
Chesapeake Conference Center
For more information please call (757) 627-0864
About the Man
Whitney Moore Young, Jr., the fourth Executive Director of the National Urban League, brought the League into the Civil Rights arena, thereby meshing the tenets of Civil Rights activism with the practices of social work. On numerous occasions, he conferred with Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon; testified before Congress and appealed to the giants of industry in boardroom and through professional associations on behalf of League constituents. Under Whitney Young's leadership, the Domestic Marshall Plan (to use federal dollars to rebuild inner cities in the same manner that were used to rebuild war-torn Europe) was designed to improve the education, employment, social and cultural status of poor blacks. During Young's tenure, the League nearly doubled its affiliate network; and youth under thirty were invited to serve on Urban League boards at the national and affiliate levels. The Washington Bureau was established as a liaison between the League and government agencies.
Purpose: Whitney M. Young Jr., was a champion for equal opportunity. A national leader during a historical period marked by civil unrest, he made great strides towards full democracy for all people. The dinner, honoring the legacy of Whitney M. Young, Jr., recognizes corporations and individuals in our community who persist in upholding these ideals.
History & Logistics: For the past twenty-one years, this event has been held at a major hotel/conference center site. Sales are usually dominated by tables selling at $2,000. Community support of this annual event enables the Urban League of Hampton Roads, Inc. to provide services in the area of Youth Employment, Scholarships, Health Seminars, Job Readiness Training, and Housing Assistance.