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Black History Month 2016

Rahiel Tesfamariam

– Social activist, public theologian, writer and international speaker

– Founder and publisher of Urban Cusp, former columnist for The Washington Post and at the age of 23 she served as the youngest editor-in-chief for the Washington Informer.

– Earned degrees from Stanford and Yale University. Graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and was also the  inaugural William Sloane Coffin, Jr. Scholar for Peace and Justice.

– In 2011, Rahiel directed a D.C. citywide juvenile justice reform effort overseeing case management for 500 youth, trained 40 nonprofit organizations and managed a $4M annual budget

– Contributing author of the NIV Bible for Women and Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank About Faith.

– Rahiel has received many national fellowships, honors and awards including Give1 Project  Global Leadership Fellow, National Association of Black Journalist’s “Salute to Excellence” and EnVest Foundation’s “Top 40 Under 40”.

– Ms. Tesfamariam led a national Black Friday economic boycott called #NotOneDime.

– Appears in many media outlets including The New York Times, Forbes, MSNBC, Ebony, Jet, Democracy Now.

– Listed in The Root 100, featured in Revolt TV amongst “Leaders of the New School” and named one of 6 women by Essence Magazine as “The New Civil Rights Leaders”.

– Black Girls Rock!, Inc featured Rahiel Tesfamariam on their annual awards show on BET in 2013. She was saluted for “her tireless dedication to global issues, community activism and youth advocacy” and recognized because she “leads with her faith inspiring awareness and inciting change around the world”.

James Henry Hubert

– Social Worker, Activist and First Executive Director of the New York Urban League

– Mr. Hubert grew up on a farm and graduated from Morehouse College in 1910.

– James taught economics and sociology  at Simmons University, Louisville, KY in 1911

– After relocating to NYC in 1913, James Hubert attended graduate school at Columbia University School of Philanthropy and received a Master of Arts from Columbia under a National Urban League fellowship.

– While studying at Columbia Mr. Hubert was asked by several Baptist, Native American and education organizations to work with the Native Americans at Gay Head, Massachusetts. In 1914 James went to Gay Head and after 1 year he was able to organize the community and prepared them for growth.

– James Hubert returned to New York and began working for the National Urban League. He was responsible for finding money to open a community center and housing project in Harlem.

– Mr. Hubert contacted Mrs. Lillian Wald and she suggested that he should talk to John D. Rockefeller Sr. for land. He visited the office of Mr. Rockefeller’s architect and  to make an appointment to talk about land in Harlem. He told the man that he was referred by Mrs. Wald. Mr. Rockefeller’s architect told Mr. Hubert that he was not interested in Blacks or Jews.

“I’m not either, I’m interested in people. I’m working for the advancement of Negroes in New York City because they suffer most. I didn’t come to see you about Negroes, but about land.”

This statement prompted the architect to invite James Hubert in to meet with Mr. Rockefeller and eventually convinced John D. Rockefeller to give him the land

– Not long after, the New York Urban League’s housing project was underway.

– Because of this great work, James Henry Hubert went from Special Projects Director to Executive Director of the New York Urban League and retired in 1942

– Mr. Hubert also asked Margaret Sanger to open a branch of her NYC birth control clinic in Harlem near 138th St.

– James earned the Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Morehouse College in 1937.



Rahshib Thomas

– Earned Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from the University of Louisiana at Monroe

– Certified Professional (SSHRM-CP) from the Society for Human Resources Management

– Started volunteering with the National Urban League in 2000

– President of the New York Urban League Young Professionals from 2009-2011. Under his leadership, his chapter won 2 National Chapter of Excellence awards. Rahshib also served on the Board of Directors for New York Urban League.

– Vice President, Eastern Region National Urban League Young Professionals, 2011-2013

– Mr. Thomas has managed and directed HR functions for luxury real estate company’s & properties in the Northeast as well as for well known hotels in both New Orleans and New York City.

– Rahshib is an Ordained Minister, Universal Life Church. He coaches in areas of Human Potential Training as he studies and teaches “A Course In Miracles”.  Follow him @rahshib

RTC is the name of his consulting firm where he is the Principal Consultant. Rashib supports his clients in areas of strategy and branding, professional development and career coaching.



Livingston Leroy WIngate

– Harlem Civic Leader

– Former executive director of the New York Urban League from 1968-1975

– Retired justice of State Supreme Court in Manhattan

– Worked as a porter at Grand Central Terminal for 7 years after finishing High School

– While attending St. John’s University he worked as a skycap at La Guardia Airport. After graduating in 1946 he continued  at St. John’s and received his law degree.

– Mr. Wingate opened an office on 125th Street and frequently did legal work pro-bono for NAACP and unions.

– In 1956 he opened a law firm and partnered with Thomas Weaver, Herbert Evan and Bruce Wright.

In 1961 Justice Wingate was recruited to be chief counsel by Adam Clayton Powell, chairman of the House Committee on  Education and Labor.

– Executive Director of the Haryou-Act (Harlem Youth-Associated Community Teams) which was an antipoverty agency

– Associate Director of the Citizens Crusade Against Poverty

– In 1975, Mr Wingate was appointed a judge of Criminal Court in the City of New York with the support of Representative Charles B. Rangel.

– In 1982, Justice Wingate served the State Supreme Court in Manhattan until he retired in 1985.



Tamika D. Mallory

“It is really a critical moment in the movement, carrying some of the traditions of the past, but taking on a new fire, a new energy, being unapologetic about it, and to be honored by the NAACP – especially looking at young people who are out side of the organization – is truly a pleasure and an honor for us.” – Tamika D. Mallory

– Civil Rights Activist

– Recipient of the 2016 NAACP Chairman’s Award for her work on social justice
– Board member for Justice League NYC – Gathering for Justice

– Nationally-recognized leader; applauded as “a leader of tomorrow” by Senior Adviser to President Barack Obama, Valerie B. Jarrett.

– In 2014 Tamika was selected to work on the transition committee of New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio and served as the co-chair of the NYC initiative, Gun Violence Awareness month.

– Former Executive Director of the National Action Network (NAN) and has been a member since its inception in 1991. Tamika officially became a staff member of NAN at the age of 15.

– Mallory has been an activist since she was 11 years old and served as CO-Director of the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March, Justice Or Else.


TONIGHT – Friday, February 5, 2016 tune in to  the 47th annual NAACP Image Awards on TV One for more Emerging Black History!



Whitney M. Young Jr. Memorial Football Classic

– The first Classic took place in 1971.
– The first Black College Football Game to be aired on national television
– Named after National Urban League’s Executive Director, Whitney M. Young Jr.
– Morgan State University defeats Grambling State University.
– Held at the Yankee Stadium with over 64,000 fans
– 1st Battle of the Bands in NYC
– The classic has since been renamed the New York Urban League Football Classic and takes place at the home of the NY Giants, MetLife Stadium.


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