By: Isabelle Doll Ngcobo
Photo Credit: La Fonda Smith
Commitment and Compassion to Community with a strong sense of Passion and Purpose is what drives Nancy Flake Johnson, the president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta, who when you get to know her, you quickly understand, unequivocally, that uplifting and empowering the community through the programs the Urban League of Greater Atlanta offer and also serve as a voice for impactful change for Greater Atlanta is not just a job , but life’s calling for her.
In her opening remarks Nancy Flake Johnson stated that “This year, we have very distinguished and passionate men in our community that we just want to recognize their work and how their work aligns with the Urban League.” She went on to say that,
“Operating under the theme ‘Men of Distinction and Empowerment,’ “this is the opportunity to say thank you to our many supporters, but particularly organizations that share our passion for economic empowerment throughout the greater Atlanta area,”
The 55h Annual Urban League. of Greater Atlanta Day Dinner‘ “Men of Distinction and Empowerment welcomed distinguished. guest , sponsors and suporters at the Black Tie gala .The high profile event was held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis hotel that started with a VIP reception at 6 p.m and dinner at 7 p.m and an after-party with dessert and dancing at 9:30.p.m .
Mayor Kasim Reed was among a group of noted leaders in government, business, education, and the faith community awarded at the Urban League of Greater Atlanta’s 55th Annual Dinner and Gala.
With the theme “Men of Power and Distinction,” the organization known for its commitment to equal rights and economic empowerment also honored Eduardo Martinez, president of the UPS Foundation; C.D. Moody, owner of Moody Construction; Rev. Raphael Warnock, senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church; and Dr. Mark Becker, president of Georgia State University
Nick Nelson, CMO, Liquid Soul Media and chairman of the ULGA board of directors as well as Charmaine Ward, Director, Community Affairs for Georgia Pacific and ULGA board member who are also co-chairs and comedian Jonathan Slocumb was the Master of Ceremonies.
“So many men in our community have dedicated their professional and personal lives to uplifting others and opening doors of opportunity to adults and young people throughout the region,” said Nancy Flake Johnson, ULGA president and CEO. “We are so very grateful and proud that these outstanding leaders have chosen to work with us on numerous projects that have advanced the cause of equal rights and economic growth in metro Atlanta
“Now we have a chance to salute them for all that they mean to us and to so many people in Georgia and beyond. Like hundreds of thousands of men who are walking the walk every day, they are the best of the best among us, the ones who work diligently to build a just, safe and prosperous region for us all.”
The Young Men of Empowerment and Distinction honorees were , Maceo Thompkins, Devonte Jordan , Amiyus Mapson and Frank Melvey
GEICO was the presenting partner for the event and entertainment was R&B group After 7. The group was founded by Melvin and Kevon Edmonds, brothers of singer-songwriter Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, along with Keith Mitchell.