National Urban League Centennial Panel to discuss "Empowering African Americans in the Age of Obama," December 9
Location:Arthur Lewis Auditorium, Robertson Hall
Audience:Open to the Public
The Woodrow Wilson School will host a panel discussion titled "Empowering African Americans in the Age of Obama" at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 9, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. The event will commemorate the National Urban League's 100th anniversary and is the third in a series of lectures in the School's Race and Public Policy series.
Panelists will include Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League; Monique Myles Carswell, Vice President of the New York Urban League Young Professionals and a marketing manager at Black Enterprise magazine; and Hugh Price, the John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs & Co. Visiting Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School and former president and CEO of the National Urban League.
Marc Morial has been president and CEO of the National Urban League, the nation’s largest civil rights organization, since 2003. As president of the League he has expanded the League’s work around an Empowerment agenda, which is redefining civil rights in the 21st century with a renewed emphasis on closing the economic gaps between whites and blacks as well as rich and poor Americans. He also initiated the Urban Youth Empowerment Program to assist young adults in securing sustainable jobs, and Entrepreneurship Centers in five cities to help the growth of small businesses. Morial is credited with the creation of the National Urban League Empowerment Fund, which has put nearly $200 million into urban impact businesses including minority business. He has been named one of the “100 Most Influential Black Americans” by Ebony Magazine, as well as one of the “Top 50 Nonprofit Executives” by the Nonprofit Times.
Monique Myles Carswell is a founding member of the New York Urban League Young Professionals and currently serves as its vice president. She is also a marketing manager at Black Enterprise, a monthly business news and investment resource magazine for African Americans, and oversees the promotion and marketing of several vital properties, including the magazine, two television shows, and a website www.blackenterprise.com. Myles Carswell also advises others on the art of branding and promotion through her agency, Myles Ahead Consulting LLC. From 2004 to 2008 she served as a youth adviser and executive member of the Mid-Manhattan Branch of the NAACP. She also sits on the board of directors of the Black Equity Alliance.
Hugh Price served as president and CEO of the National Urban League from July 1994 until April 2003.
After his tenure at the League, Price served for two years as senior advisor and co-chair of the Non-Profit and Philanthropy Practice Group at the global law firm of DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary U.S. LLP. In 2006-07, he co-chaired the Commission on the Whole Child for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Earlier in his career Price served as the first executive director of the Black Coalition of New Haven; a member of the editorial board of The New York Times; and as senior vice president of WNET/Thirteen in New York, the nation’s largest public television station. He was also a vice president atthe Rockefeller Foundation, overseeing its domestic investments to improve education for at-risk youth and increase opportunities for people of color.
The Race and Public Policy Series is one of five thematic lecture series that includes Financial Market Regulation; Intractable Conflicts; Implementing Healthcare Reform (co-sponsored with the School’s Center for Heath and Wellbeing); and Changing Notions of State, Sovereignty, and Self-Determination (co-sponsored with The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination as part of its10th anniversary). Each series features four to six lectures and/or panel discussions, convening noted scholars, diplomats, think tank, public policy and government officials to discuss pressing policy issues.
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