The National Urban League held its 57th Annual Equal Opportunity Day Awards Dinner, Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel. The National Urban League’s Annual Equal Opportunity Day Award is the highest commendation presented by the organization to those individuals and corporations that demonstrate a commitment to equal opportunity and exhibit leadership for the cause of equal rights. This year at the dinner, Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, presented actress, philanthropist and advocate Cicely Tyson with the Arts Award for her tremendous achievements in the area of arts and culture.
The presenting sponsor for the 2013 Equal Opportunity Day Awards Dinner was Comcast/NBC Universal.
The National Urban League’s Equal Opportunity Day Awards Dinner was chaired this year by David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation. The National Urban League is currently partnered with Comcast Corporation to promote access to broadband in underserved communities. David Ushery, anchor/reporter & host of the Debrief with David Ushery, NBC4 New York, and Caroline Clarke, executive editor/host of Black Enterprise and the Black Enterprise Business Report, served as MCs for the evening.
|Marc Morial, National Urban League President and CEO with David Cohen, EVP of Comcast|
Gregory D. Wasson, President and CEO, Walgreen Co. (via video) and Steve Pemberton, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, Walgreen Co. accepted the Corporate Leadership Award for Walgreen’s generous support of the National Urban League’s efforts to provide critical resources and information about health disparities that permeate urban communities nationwide. Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President and CEO, TIAA-CREF, received the Leadership Award for demonstrating exemplary leadership as one of the top corporate executives in America.
John D. Hofmeister, Founder and CEO, Citizens for Affordable Energy, received the President’s Award for his high standard of leadership and commitment to service as Chair of the National Urban League board of trustees.
Kurt M. Landgraf, President and CEO, Education Testing Service, received a Special Award for improving quality and equity in education for underrepresented students. Jon Campbell, Executive Vice President, Director of Social Responsibility Group, Wells Fargo, also made a $4.1 million check presentation from Wells Fargo for the Urban League’s housing counseling work and Entrepreneurship Centers.
The National Urban League also inducted its 2013 “Million, Five Million and Ten Million Dollar Hall of Fame Class” recognizing organizations that contributed $1 million or more to advance the work of the League. This year’s $1 Million Hall of Fame award was presented to Sodexo and accepted by George Chavel, President and CEO, Sodexo North America. The $5 Million Hall of Fame award was presented to Enterprise Holdings and accepted by Andy Church, Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise New York/New Jersey. The 2013 $10 Million Hall of Fame award was presented to Citi and accepted by Michael L. Corbat, CEO, Citigroup.
Many thanks to Latraviette Smith-Wilson for the photos and the story details.