Published: Thu. Apr 12, 2012 at 10:33 am | Updated: Tue. Jun 26, 2012 at 11:09 am | Comments: 0
From the President's Desk:
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The second-degree murder charge filed yesterday against George Zimmerman represents. an important first step toward justice for Trayvon Martin. Urban Leaguers around the nation have stood together alongside Americans from all walks of life, united in our purpose. I’m proud of the way our movement has responded. Without the efforts of concerned Urban Leaguers and other justice-minded Americans, it’s unlikely the case would ever have proceeded to a full investigation.
Furthermore, following the peaceful demonstration outside the headquarters of the American Legislative Exchange Council, which promoted the “Kill At Will” law initially used to justify Trayvon Martin’s shooting, several prominent corporations announced this week they have severed their ties with ALEC. I thank not only my fellow Urban Leaguers, but our colleagues in the NAACP, AFL-CIO, SEIU, Common Cause, the National Council of Churches, and so many others for their efforts to see justice done and shadowy manipulators of our public process exposed.
To Be Equal:
African American Producers Bring All-Black Revival of “A Streetcar Named Desire” to Broadway
“The landscape of any Tennessee Williams play is the human heart, and I have a cast of people with heart.”
- Emily Mann, Director of the new Broadway revival of “A Streetcar Named Desire” with an all-black cast
Like Hollywood, Broadway has historically been reluctant to cast African Americans in mainstream classics, especially those originally created for white thespians. But, unlike “Tinseltown,” the “Great White Way” has moved much more forcefully in recent years to open up new avenues for black actors. The latest example is a new all-black revival of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize winning play, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” set to open April 22nd at Broadway’s Broadhurst Theatre. Marlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski first screamed the immortal line, “Hey Stella” in 1947 when “Streetcar” originally premiered on Broadway. The other leading members of that original cast included Kim Hunter, as Stanley’s wife, Stella; Jessica Tandy as Stella’s delusional sister, Blanche DuBois; and Karl Malden as Blanche’s scorned suitor, Mitch. The story centers around the emotional unravelling of Blanche, a Southern belle hiding a tawdry past, who moves into Stanley and Stella’s New Orleans apartment causing all manner of conflict and tragedy.
New Orleans Officials Launch Initiative to Curb Violence
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other city leaders launched a new initiative as violence continues to plague the city of New Orleans. Landrieu said the city has seen an average of 243 deaths every year since 1979, and most of the cases involved young black men. "I see drug dealers, crack heads, people toting guns, people my age (and) younger than my age," said 17-year-old Ernest Simmons, who lives in fear at the Central City. The Ceasefire program is targeted at reducing murders in the community by targeting young men like Simmons.
2012 Annual Conference: Occupy The Vote: Employment and Education Empower the Nation
Register now for the 2012 National Urban League Annual Conference in New Orleans, “Occupy The Vote: Employment and Education Empower the Nation.” The four-day event, July 25-28, is expected to attract as many as 4,000 registered attendees, and thousands of local community members who will be drawn to free events such as an Expo Hall featuring hundreds of exhibitors, a college fair and an employment fair.
2012 BEEP Leadership Conference: Empowered for Employment
Please click here to register for this year’s conference, taking place June 6-9, 2012 at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa in Orlando, Florida. This year’s theme is “Leadership Development: Empowered for Employment,” which will explore the different, varied aspects of leadership, from communication to vision, from service to excellence, arming us with the tools necessary to lead.
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