WHITNEY M. YOUNG, JR.
Virtual Award Celebration
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2020
I hope this finds you safe and well during these ever-changing times. Throughout the 75 years of its existence, the Greater Phoenix Urban League has answered the call of our community. We did so with fervor and dedication to make a positive impact on the lives of the citizens we serve.
Today, we are seeing our society plagued by the same challenges that befell our communities in the 60s and the 70s, as people struggled for their right to be heard and to be seen as equal. Now, more than ever, the Greater Phoenix Urban League is needed to continue to empower, educate, and engage our citizens, our allies, and our leaders.
This year, we have made the difficult, but necessary, decision to celebrate the 56th Annual Whitney M. Young, Jr. Awards Celebration in a virtual space. Even though we are not gathering together in person, this year's Celebration will still have the same excitement and enthusiasm as we honor several corporations and organizations that are stepping up to the charge in these difficult times.
Your generous support has been vital to the success of the Greater Phoenix Urban League over the years and we looking forward to your participation in this year's virtual experience. While the location has changed, please know that the programs and services that this event supports, are still in great need in our community.
Thank you again and I look forward to virtually seeing you on December 9, at 4:00 p.m.
President and CEO
Greater Phoenix Urban League
"Every man is our brother, and every man's burden is our own.
Where poverty exists, all are poorer.
Where hate flourishes, all are corrupted.
Where injustice reins, all are unequal."
~ Whitney M. Young, Jr.
Whitney M. Young, Jr. was an American civil rights leader and Executive Director of the National Urban League. He spent most of his career working to end employment discrimination in the United States and turning the National Urban League into an organization that aggressively worked for equitable access to socioeconomic opportunity for the historically disenfranchised.
Within four years he expanded the National Urban League from 38 employees to 1,600 employees; and from an annual budget of $325,000 to one of $6,100,000. Young served as President of the National Urban League until his death in 1971.