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State of Young Black New York


February 21, 2015
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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CUNY School of Law
2 Court Square
Long Island City, NY 11101 United States
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Join the New York Urban League Young Professionals for its fifth annual State of Young Black New York (SOYBNY) symposium, taking place Saturday, February 21st, 10 AM to 4 PM at CUNY School of Law in Queens (travel directions from all 5 boroughs available here: ).

SOYBNY is a signature event of the NYULYP that brings together hundreds of professionals, leaders, and think-tanks across various disciplines to assess the current condition of young Black New York, and develop solutions to the manifold issues affecting our communities.

This year, the theme is “Civil Rights 2.0” and we have partnered with the CUNY Black Male Initiative. It’s 2015 and the Black community has made tremendous progress in the push for civil rights and equality of opportunity. However, with the recurring abuses of power by police, perplexing gradual repeal of voting rights, and the erection of barriers to affordable housing, home-ownership, living wage employment, and entrepreneurship, it feels like we are having to re-fight many of the battles of those that came before us, and on a very different terrain.

For SOYBNY 2015, our topics will include exploring: the role of music in the civil rights movement, past and present; the use of technology in today’s civil rights movement; building strategic partnerships; and how to effectively advocate and organize a community around a civil rights issue.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided to attendees, and there will be an opportunity to win awesome giveaways! All ticket proceeds benefit the Whitney M. Young Scholarship Fund for high school seniors who excel academically and demonstrate a commitment to community service. To date, this fundraiser has supported New York Urban League in awarding scholarships to nearly 4,000 deserving young leaders.