As President and Chief Executive Officer of the Knoxville Area Urban League, I meet and engage with many people in this community, in our state, and across the country. I often hear, “I’ve heard of the Urban League, but I’m not sure what you do.”
It’s not possible to sum up what we do in only one word, or even a few. Education and youth? We do that. Job readiness and employment assistance? We do that, too. Foreclosure assistance, new homebuyer education, budget and credit counseling? Check, check and check. We also have a thriving small business development program.
I’ve learned from Cynthia Moxley, my good friend and Board Chair Elect, that communicating who we are and what we do is important. That’s why I’ve decided to use this space to share the many stories of the Urban League. And, like the Urban League, I expect the stories to have many sides. I hope you will enjoy them.
As I close, I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge Cynthia and her public relations firm, Moxley Carmichael, for doing much to boost the visibility of the Urban League.
At our recent Annual Membership Meeting I presented our inaugural President’s Award to Cynthia, and I can’t think of anyone more deserving. She has embraced our mission, and we can see, feel and touch the impact that she’s had on our organization in the past few years. And as you learn more about the Urban League, I hope that you too will want to support our work.
To Cynthia, the Moxley Carmichael team, and the hundreds of other Urban League volunteers, I say, “Thank you. We wouldn’t be where we are without you.”