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Our Centennial Celebration – #ULPhilly100 – is Officially Underway!




On December 2, during the 14th Annual Whitney M. Young, Jr. Community Empowerment Luncheon, the Urban League of Philadelphia officially launched its Centennial Celebration, a two-year project placing a spotlight on the impact the organization has made throughout Greater Philadelphia. The project will also include a  roll-out of the Urban League’s vision for how it will continue to empower individuals, families and communities for the next 100 years!

The launch of #ULPhilly100, also known as our Centennial Project, was the exclamation point to an afternoon recognizing the accomplishments of two long-time Urban League supporters – U.S. Representative Dwight Evans (PA- 2nd District) and Vivian Harvey, both of whom received the first of several Centennial Awards to be presented to individuals and organizations committed to the Urban League’s mission during the luncheon at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

Evans, Pennsylvania’s newly-elected member of the U.S. House of Representatives, has been connected to the Urban League for more than 40 years. Before his 30+ year career as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Evans was a job developer for the Urban League of Philadelphia, first beginning his work to ensure that underserved communities receive the support they need to live the American dream.

In 1944, Harvey became the first African American hired by a corporate entity in a non-domestic role. She landed a job with the Bell Atlantic Telephone Company with the support of the Urban League of Philadelphia. She was promoted seven times before retiring in 1978.

Click here to view photos of the 14th Annual Whitney M. Young, Jr. Community Empowerment Luncheon.

Many thanks our event underwriters – Bradley & Bradley Insurance, Comcast Corporation, Enterprise Holdings and Lincoln Financial Group. Additional partners include ARAMARK, CIGNA, Dilworth Paxson, LLP, Ernst & Young, LLP, Independence Blue Cross, NBC10, PECO, PNC Bank, PRWT, PwC, Radian Guaranty, Inc., Robert Half, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, and UPS – Chesapeake District.