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58th Annual Frederick Douglass Awards

June 6, 2024

Ziegfeld Ballroom

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Event Details

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The New York Urban League,
Board of Directors and the Gala Co-Chairs cordially held the 58th Annual Frederick Douglass Renew Gala on June 6th, 2024.

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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2024 Frederick Douglass Award Honorees


George Gresham

President, 1199SEIU

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Aurora James

Founder, Fifteen Percent Pledge


Renee McClure

Director of DNY Customer Account

Management, National Grid

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2024 Ann Kheel Award Honoree

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Camille Joseph-Goldman

Group Vice President, Government Affairs, Charter Communications

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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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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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