For Immediate release
March 7, 2012
Greater Washington Urban League to Hold 40th Annual Whitney M. Young Jr. Memorial Gal
(Washington, DC)—The Greater Washington Urban League (GWUL) will honor the life and legacy of civil rights activist Whitney M. Young, Jr. on March 14, 2012 at its 40th Annual Whitney M. Young Jr. Memorial Gala.
Whitney M. Young served as Executive Director of the National Urban League from 1961—1971 and is credited both with influencing politicians, business leaders, and foundations to aid in the civil rights movement. Under his leadership the organization had the most significant growth in membership and activity throughout the country. The vibrant leader, who served as a consultant on racial matters to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, tragically died in a drowning incident in Nigeria in 1971 while attending a conference on African and American relations.
GWUL will honor four individuals with the Whitney M. Young Jr. Community Service Award:
- Rynthia Rost, Vice President, Public Affairs, Geico Insurance Co.
- Robert Brown, Chairman and CEO, B & C Associates, Inc.
- Stephen J. Trachtenberg, Former President, George Washington University
- Aisha Karimah, Director, Community Affairs, NBC4
In addition, Ray Wilson, a freelance photographer who captured more than 30 years of African American history, will be honored with the Whitney M. Young Jr. Meritorious Service Award.
The event will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park at 6:30 PM, and is proudly sponsored by Walmart, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, General Dynamics, Wells Fargo, Southwest Airlines, Reingold, NBC4 and Geico, among others. The musical group LCB, comprised of Glenn Leonard, Joe Coleman, and Joe Blunt, former members of The Temptations, The Platters and The Drifters will perform throughout the evening. For more information on tickets and donations please visit www.gwul.org or call (202) 265-8200.
About the Greater Washington Urban League
The Greater Washington Urban League provides more than 65,000 residents in the Washington, D.C., region with education and employment training, food and utility assistance, affordable housing and community development programs and services. Our mission is to increase the economic and political empowerment of African Americans and other minorities and to help all Americans share equally in the responsibilities and rewards of full citizenship. For more information about GWUL, please visit www.gwul.org or contact Deputy Communications Director Robyn Wilkes at firstname.lastname@example.org.