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Local urban league official says anniversary event will be a success



Published: Sun, August 16, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m.

Special to The Vindicator

NILES — Thomas Conley, president of the Greater Warren-Youngstown Urban League, is confident the organization’s 79th Anniversary Dinner will be “one of the most successful in the organization’s history.”

The event will be Sept. 17 at McMenamy’s in Niles. Those interested in attending the event can contact the Urban League’s office at (330) 394-4316.

Cheryle Jackson, president of the Chicago Urban League, will be the featured speaker at the dinner. Jackson is considering entering the race for the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama.

As someone who has made history throughout her professional career, Jackson became the first woman to have the office of affiliate president of the century-old civil-rights and empowerment organization in 2006.

She has successfully teamed with local, state and national business leaders to rebuild communities and create solid opportunities for minorities.

Jackson was the first black woman to have the position of Vice President of Communications at National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. She was also the first black in the Senior Government Affairs Department of Amtrak.

“Cheryle Jackson’s visit here holds special significance to the future of our Urban League,” Conley said, stating that the local organization is in the process of rebuilding its foundation and refining its advocacy and empowerment role in the Mahoning Valley. Conley also noted that the league will unveil its new model, Valley Vision 2020, at the anniversary dinner.


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