Urban Leaguers get the ‘Green Light’ special

    The National Urban League joined forces with their Washington chapter to kick off their centennial celebration weekend with a bang—and a beat!







    The National Urban League joined forces with their Washington chapter to kick off their centennial celebration weekend with a bang—and a beat!
    Members of the National Urban League filled a large auditorium of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts last night to move and groove to the smooth sounds of Grammy-winning recording artist John Legend.
    There was barely a seat in sight as people packed in, anxious for the concert to begin. They came in droves, on buses and in cars, to ring in the first night of the five-day conference with the special concert.
    The night began with brief words from Urban League royalty, such as Greater Washington Urban League President and CEO, Maudine R. Cooper, and NUL President and CEO Marc H. Morial. Marc kept it especially brief, stating, “We love Target (the main corporate sponsor for the concert), we love John Legend and we love the Urban League.” Then he made way for Community Relations and Target Foundation President Laysha Ward onstage. 

    The concert was scheduled to begin at 10 p.m., but didn’t start up until after 11 (CP time in full effect), but trust us: It was worth it!  John went right into  “Prelude” without hesitation, settling his audience with the gorgeous melody. He went on to belt out fan-favorites such as “Ordinary People,” “I Can Change” and “Everybody Knows.”
    You know the Legend had to stop and make sure we kept in mind the message behind the music though.  With philanthropies such as his Show Me campaign, which uses education to break the cycle of poverty, John stressed that knowledge is power.
“The most important work we can do here in America is to make sure every child gets a good education,” he said. “And we have to make sure it’s a high-quality education.”
    After the concert, League members could mix and mingle at a reception, also sponsored by Target. On our way there, we ran into Lamman Rucker, who stopped for a sec to chat about his play Black Angels Over Tuskegee. 

    The off-Broadway show stars Lamman and other member of The Black Gents of Hollywood, and Urban Leaguers who are registered for the conference will be able to see it tonight at 8:30 p.m. at the Warner Theatre in D.C. as a part of the weekend’s festivities. 

    This was Lamman’s first Urban League conference, and so far he’s enjoying it. “Just taking full advantage of whatever it entails,” he said with enthusiasm. When we asked him what he was looking forward to the most during the conference he mentioned President Barack Obama’s address, which took place this morning, as one highlight he was anxiously awaiting. Hope you enjoyed it, Lamman!
    If you’re trying to enjoy any other Urban League events, head over to the
    National Urban Leagues’s website for more information on this significant weekend in history.



    – Ariana Gordon




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