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By Ja'Net Adams. When we talk about Martin Luther King Jr. we tend to focus on his fight for racial equality. The fight that every man and every woman is created equal no matter the color of their skin. He fought for the lynchings to stop, for the end of separate schools, water fountains, and restaurants. He fought for the front of the bus, voting rights, and so much more. A little known fact of his fight had to do with economic equality. Not only for African Americans, but for all races. He wanted people of all colors to have better...

By Commissioner Fleming El-Amin.   There is no simple way to summarize how Dr. Martin L. King, Jr’s work has directly affected my life. The last book that he wrote entitled, Where Do We Go From Here, written in 1967, is a good starting point.  Dr King provided a blueprint in that book for us today. He challenged the country and the moral leaders of that time to choose human values as a beacon of hope to maintain a spirit of unity during a time of aggressive divisions in the country.      Today, we are faced with another systemic effort to...

By Timothy Carter. The Black Experience is an experience of struggle and hardship as well as achievement and accomplishment. I feel there are many facets to the Black Experience in America. One notable achievement was the work on Civil Rights and Social Justice by Dr. Martin Luther King. Dr. King’s work has impacted my life tremendously and continues to impact African Americans in a positive way. He spearheaded several causes that has changed the lives of Blacks in America. His struggle for Civil Rights and activism brought about the Voters Rights Act, the Fair Housing Act as well as the end...

By Kismet Loftin-Bell “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true of it’s creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’” By the age of 4 years old, I had memorized large excerpts and was reciting the famous, “I Have a Dream” speech before a middle school assembly, churches, and the audiences of my nursery school events. I was often known as “that little girl that did the King speech”. Today, at 36 years old, I find myself reciting the parts that I remember only when I...

Join us at the Delta Arts Center for the Conscience of Human Spirit: Quilts Honoring Nelson Mandela Exhibition. The January 18th mixer will introduce new Delta Arts Center Executive Director, Alizá Diggs-Bailey, honor the work of South African artisans and the life of Nelson Mandela. And of course…lots of networking!  Who: W-S Urban League Young Professionals What: January Mixer l Recognition of the Arts When: Thursday, January 18th l 6:00pm-8:00pm Where: Delta Fine Arts Center, 2611 New Walkertown Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 RSVP Here!...

On Thursday, the Winston-Salem Transit Authority finalized an expansion of night and weekend bus service on most bus routes. At a cost of only $1 million, the expansion ensures night and Saturday service on 25 of 31 lines. 17 of 31 routes will have Sunday service. James Perry, Winston-Salem Urban League CEO remarked, “If transportation is the link to opportunity, then the Winston-Salem Transit Authority just connected tens of thousands of residents to upward mobility. WSTA and City Leaders are to be commended for hearing the needs of residents and adapting to meet our needs. Thank you. Every expansion in service...

Celebrate Umoja as we launch Kwanzaa 2017 at the Winston-Salem Urban League! In partnership with the Triad Cultural Arts Group, this year’s honorees are Ben Piggott and Rabonda Dalton-Rann. The 2017 Umoja speaker is Dr. Karen Marie Winkfield, a radiation oncologist and Director of Wake Forest Baptist Hospital's Office of Cancer Health Equity. Bring your friends and family, and join the fun! RSVP today! Who: W-S Urban Leauge and TRIAD Cultural Arts What: Kwanzaa Celebration of Umoja When: Tuesday, December 26th l 5:00pm Children's Arts & Crafts l 6:00pm-8:00pm Program Where: Event Center, 510 N. Trade Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 RSVP HERE ...

  By Rep. Bobby Scott United States Congress 3rd Congressional District, Virginia African-American students are graduating high school and enrolling in college at higher rates than ever before, but despite much progress, the right to equal educational opportunity remains a struggle. Access to public education may have come a long way since the dark eras of slavery or the segregation of Jim Crow, but too many African-American students still attend underfunded public schools segregated by race and class, effectively denying them equal educational opportunity and the chance to succeed in college and career. Continue reading...

All Americans would suffer under the tax scheme being debated in Congress, but the strain on communities of color would be enormous. Still suffering the fallout of the 2008 global financial and housing crisis, the long-term decline of manufacturing jobs, and the sharp curtailment of public spending since 2011, America’s communities of color do not need to see the ladder to the middle class pulled farther out of reach. Watch Marc Morial and a panel of experts discuss at the Center for American Progress. [embed]https://youtu.be/n0tBS9kQIUA[/embed]...

What: Winston Salem Urban Leauge Young Professionals Holiday Soirée Where: Suite|Urban, 510 N. Trade Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 When: Friday, December 15th, 9:30 pm ET [edgtf_button size="" type="" text="Buy Tickets Now" custom_class="" icon_pack="font_awesome" fa_icon="" link="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wsulyp-holiday-soiree-2017-tickets-39779275885?utm_campaign=9aaad2752a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_12_08&goal=0_23c666a1cf-9aaad2752a-118839833&utm_term=0_23c666a1cf-9aaad2752a-118839833&utm_source=Corporate+Contacts&utm_medium=email&mc_eid=78071bf5cd&mc_cid=9aaad2752a" target="_self" color="" hover_color="" background_color="" hover_background_color="" border_color="" hover_border_color="" font_size="" font_weight="" margin=""] Join Triad young professionals on Friday, December 15 at Suite|Urban, packed with power networking, fashion, food and fun!General Admission: Members Early Bird Tickets $10 (until Nov. 20) Members $15 Non-Members $20 Groups of 7+ $15/person (please verify prior to purchase at yp.president@wsurban.org)...

Urban League installs state of the art HVAC system On December 7, 2017, Winston-Salem Urban League (WSUL) installed phase one of a state of the art HVAC system. The system was made possible by The Cannon Foundation. On September 5, 2017, The Cannon Foundation Board of Directors approved a $50,000.00 grant to WSUL for HVAC Upgrades. WSUL approached the foundation in June of 2017 after years of searing hot summers and ice cold winters threatened WSUL’s program performance. WSUL’s two locations have a total seven HVAC units, the oldest of which is more than 40 years old. Over the course of the...

WASHINGTON, DC (December 2, 2017) Last night, National Urban League President and CEO, Marc H. Morial and Winston-Salem Urban League President and CEO, James Perry, released the following statements expressing opposition to the Senate's passage of the so-called "tax reform" bill: Marc Morial: "Despite widespread opposition and public outcry, tonight the U.S. Senate passed a dangerous tax package that directly undermines the economic advancement of low- and middle-income Americans through cuts to key programs and services. "To be clear, this is not a tax reform bill. What the Senate passed without fully reading is a massive giveaway for millionaires, billionaires, and corporations that...

An AIDS free Forsyth County? Through a partnership with Forsyth County, the Winston-Salem Urban League is combating the spread of HIV and AIDS everyday. Every Tuesday, the POSSE (Prevent Ongoing Spread of STIs Everywhere) program provides free sexually transmitted infection testing and education from the Winston-Salem Urban League downtown office. Every year, more than 4,000 residents are tested. In 2015, only 1,462 residents had HIV. There were only 55 new HIV diagnoses that year. The number of new diagnoses was so low that it is plausible to completely eliminate the spread of the virus in our community. We simply need more education, more condom...

We're rescheduling Market|Urban! So join us in supporting the Winston-Salem NAACP's Small Black Business Day tomorrow, November 25th at the NAACP Enrichment Center. For more information, visit this link: Small Black Business Day at the Winston-Salem NAACP....

ICYMI: Honoring Veterans & Addressing Mental Health Last Friday, the Urban League hosted United States Veterans from across the Triad. We paid tribute to nearly 100 veterans for their service, served them a free lunch and discussed mental health issues and services available to support United States Veterans. Many are current or past participants in our Senior Community Service Employment Program. Special thanks to Forsyth County and Commissioner Fleming El-Amin for making the event possible....

Join the Winston-Salem Urban League Young Professionals to discuss circulating dollars within the local African American community. The event will observe the achievements of local African American business owners and highlight the success of their business models with emphasis on financial sustainability. Guest Panelists to include Trinity Manning, Algenon Cash & Chris Megginson. What:  November YP Mixer: New Black Wall Street When:  Thursday, November 16th, 2017; 6pm ET Where:  Carolina's Vineyards & Hops, 1111 S Marshall St, Winston-Salem, NC RSVP NOW    ...

Gilliam owns four Winston-Salem businesses: Ma'ati Spa, III Eye Digital, The Lounge Sports Bar & Grill and Neteru Real EstateHoldings. Gilliam is quickly becoming a Triad mogul, but it is not easy. Join us as she discusses being black, female and entrepreneur. When: Thu, October 19, 2017, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT Where: The Lounge, Bar & Grill, 3101 University Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27106 RSVP NOW...

Guest Speaker Michael McMillan, CEO of the Urban League of Greater St. Louis Oct 9, 2017 Winston-Salem, NC – On Saturday, October 21 at 7 pm, the Winston-Salem Urban League will host the 2017 Whitney M. Young Gala. The event, sponsored by Food Lion, Reynolds American/British American Tobacco, AT&T and others will recognize business and community pioneers in the Triad community and launch the Winston-Salem Urban League’s (WSUL) Advisory Board. WSUL will present the 2017 Whitney M. Young Award to Forsyth County United Way’s Place Matters Program. The Program focuses on 13 neighborhoods in northeast Winston-Salem to impact Education, Financial Stability, Health and...

Seeking a fresh start, a better job, or a new career direction? Meet representatives from business, local government, and nonprofit organizations for employment opportunities in communications, manufacturing, healthcare, finance, janitorial/housekeeping and more. This event is free an open to the public, with preference given to those who preregister. Come early with multiple copies of your resume! Register NOW! Here's a sample of the employer's who'll join us this year! Aramark BG Multifamily City of Winston-Salem Clemmons Village 1 Conduit Global Cook Medical DeVry University Fed-Ex GrimeGuru Janitorial Services Hanes Herbalife Innovation & Manufacturing High Point Clinical Trials Center Inmar, Inc Joyce Farms Mount Eagle College Pepsi Salemtowne Trinity Glen Skilled Nursing Facility Wells Fargo Winston-Salem Fire Department Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools   http://iframe%20width=560%20height=315%20src=https://www.youtube.com/embed/WVekCPDgw80%20frameborder=0%20allowfullscreen/iframe...

The Winston-Salem Urban League expands its Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) from six (6) to thirteen (13) counties offering nearly $900,000 for career and job support services to older North Carolinians. The program expands to seniors in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes and Yancey. WSUL currently serves Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin. Approximately 123 low-income, unemployed seniors, ages 55 and older are eligible for assistance effective October 1, 2017. The program expansion is made possible by an $897,852 grant from United States Department of Labor and the award-winning national non-profit, Senior Services America, Incorporated (SSAI). Created in 1968,...

The dog days of Summer are here, and that often means utility bills spike as people cool their homes. Don’t let that eat into your food budget! Millions of seniors across the country use SNAP to afford food each month. Come and learn and enroll in this important program on Saturday, August 26th from 10 am to 2 pm at the Super Seniors SNAP enrollment at the Urban League office located at 3441 Patterson Avenue office.  ...

Winston-Salem Urban League Fall Career Expo 2017 Wednesday, October 18 Employer Sponsorship and Registration Platinum Level Sponsorship - $5000 Gold Level Sponsorship - $2,500 Silver Level Sponsorship - $1000 General Registration - $150 Title sponsor listing Premier table positioning Brand signage at event Career Expo registration Premier table positioning Brand signage at event Media listing: newspaper, WSUL website, and social media Prominent signage at event Prime inclusion in media advertisement: newspaper, radio, TV, WSUL website, and social media Sponsorship certificate Prime inclusion in media advertisement: newspaper, radio, TV, WSUL website, and social media Corporate partner recognition plaque Career Expo registration Corporate partner recognition plaque Career Expo registration 2 tickets to the Whitney M. Young Gala and VIP reception Career...

Joint Statement on Charlottesville from the Winston-Salem Branch of the NAACP and Winston-Salem Urban League. We condemn the Alt-Right’s violent expressions of racism, anti-Semitism and Islamaphobia. The Alt-Right’s rhetoric and actions have been of consistent concern. But this past weekend, a short three and a half hours from Winston-Salem, the Alt-Right positioned themselves as the deadly central voice of the modern neo-Nazi movement. The Winston-Salem branch NAACP and the Winston-Salem Urban League are united in support of civil rights organizers opposing the Alt-Right on the ground in Charlottesville. We are prepared to oppose the movement here in Winston-Salem. Winston-Salem branch NAACP President, Rev. Alvin...

Working with the Young Democrats of Forsyth County and the Young Professional Republicans of Forsyth County, the Winston-Salem Urban League Young Professionals led a visual in support civil rights advocates in Charlottesville, Virginia. YP President, April Johnson and 1st Vice-President, Kenneth Pettigrew are quoted below.   "We’re just in a bolder era these days when it comes to people speaking out about their hatred of people of color, of sex and gender, of religion,” April Johnson said. “For those people, the president seems to be saying to them it’s OK to release their hatred, rather than depress it, when he doesn’t come out and denounce it.” The antidote, Pettigrew...