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57th Annual Frederick Douglass Awards


June 1, 2023

Ziegfeld Ballroom

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The New York Urban League,
Board of Directors and the Gala Co-Chairs cordially held the 57th Annual Frederick Douglass Renew Gala on June 1st, 2023.

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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The theme of the evening was “RENEW.” Each honoree shared what RENEW means to them including NYUL President and CEO Arva Rice. Rice stated “RENEW means to double-down, to recommit, and re-center on the New York Urban League’s cause and its constituency. Rice urged the over 450 attendees to

“RENEW their commitment to social justice, RENEW their commitment to making a difference, RENEW their resolve to keep contributing when we move forward and even when we have to take a step back.”

Guests were also able to enjoy the stories of individuals whose lives have been touched by the Urban League in a video created by Bronte’ Laurent. 

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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.

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