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June 2, 2022


141 WEST 54th ST

NEW YORK, NY 10019

Photography 📸 by Margot Jordan

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The New York Urban League celebrated its 

56th Annual Frederick Douglass Reunion Gala on June 2, 2022.

The New York Urban League Gala is a signature moment each year to help raise funds to support new and expanded programming and community services to further the League’s mission. The flagship affiliate of the National Urban League, the NYUL is one of New York’s oldest civil rights organizations. Founded in 1919 to provide opportunities for Blacks migrating from the rural south to New York City, NYUL has helped workers and families gain access to jobs, schools, and opportunity. NYUL has opened the ranks of many industries to Black workers and helped thousands of African American students become first generation college students. Through direct service delivery, advocacy, referrals, community capacity building, information dissemination and technical assistance, the League accomplishes its mission to help people face and overcome barriers to full participation in American society.

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New York’s highest ranking elected officials in Senator Chuck Schumer, Congressman Adriano Espaillat and Mayor Eric Adams all provided remarks at the event. Symone Sander, former national press secretary for Bernie Sanders, Senior Advisor, Chief Spokesperson to the Vice President of the United States, and now MSNBC Host, was a gracious and warm emcee who wove the reunion theme into the evening. The event Co-Chair Wendy and Doug Eisenberg provided lead support through A&E Real Estate with UBER and Diageo.

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During our celebration, we acknowledged esteemed honorees that have a steadfast commitment, dedication, and influence that have led the charge for advancing the rights of generations of underserved African Americans and salute their seminal work elevating communities. Proceeds from the centennial dinner support programs and services that fuel our abilities to Empower Communities and Change Lives. develop new policies, and empower our fellow citizens. And because of your contributions and support, we were able to raise over $800,000 for the event.

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2022 Frederick Douglass Award Recipients

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Rashida Jones

President, MSNBC

Phylicia Rashad

Tony Award-winning Actress & Civil Rights Advocate

James Rhee

 Acclaimed Impact Leader

Joi Brown

Founder & CEO, Culture Creators

(Ann S. Kheel Honoree)

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The work of the New York Urban League is guided by our vision that every American child is ready for college, work and life; every American has access to jobs with a living wage and good benefits; and every American has an equal right and responsibility to fully participate in our democracy and civic processes, and all people have a right to justice and fairness. To make this vision a reality, we take action in the following areas:

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The African American achievement gap makes the path the college less likely in underserved communities.


Basic jobs in underserved communities don’t ladder up to prosperous careers.


Communities become underserved when the rights of its citizens aren’t upheld and respected.

Giving is an opportunity to give New York's most underserved, an opportunity to secure a first-class education, economic self-reliance and equal respect for their civil rights. Donate today and make a difference.

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Co-Reunion Supporter

A&E Real Estate Holdings

Lead Chair

Diageo | Uber

Vice Chair

J.P. Morgan Chase | Meta | National Grid | NBA | SL Greene | UPS | Wells Fargo

Salute to Honorees

Bloomberg | Bruce and Marsha Karsh | Morgan Stanley | MSNBC | New York Jets | Northwell Health | OMD Worldwide | Jerry Poseman | red helicoptor | Veolia | WNBC


Cresco Labs | GFP Real Estate | IATSE | PwC | Open Society Foundation | Rudin Management Company | Showtime

Reunion Seat

Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP | Finn Partners | Ilene H. Lang | Milliman | Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

Silver Ad

Culture Creators | ICM Partners

Photography Sponsor


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Special Thanks 

Board Members

Ward Corbett, Chairman
Chadwick Roberson, Treasurer
Anwar Ismael, Secretary
Arva R. Rice, President & CEO
Maja Hazell
Amal Alibair
Lloyd Chin
Andrea Donkor
Douglas F. Eisenberg
Malcolm Ellis
Bryant Fields
Laura James
Eric Lerner
Eu'nice McCoy
Barrington Rutherford
Helen C. Shelton
Darryl C. Towns
Teresa WElls
Jacqui Williams


Rev. Jacques DeGraff
Simone Biles
Wendy & Douglas Eisenberg
Simone Saunders
Shelli Rice
Adriano Espaillat
Chuck Schumer
Eric Adams
Marc Morial
Chuck Nice
Johnathan Jones
Jennifer Scott
Condola Rashad

Advisory Council

Brice Gordon
Hon. H. Carl McCall
Raymond McGuire
Victoria Rowell

Event Teams

Dwight Johnson
Ziegfeld Ballroom
DJ Traumatics
Margot Jordan (photographer)

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