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Urban League of Middle Tennessee’s 55th Annual Equal Opportunity Day (EOD) Luncheon February 7

by Cass Teague
(l-r) Dr. Joseph Webb, Dr. Shanna Jackson, Marla Rye, LaTanya Channel, and Clifton Harris, CEO of ULMT

On Tuesday, February 7, 2023, friends and supporters of the Urban League of Middle Tennessee (ULMT) will gather to honor the work of the league over the past 55 years. Despite the various challenges facing our community, the League has continued to serve and support those in need. This annual event is the organization’s time to reflect on and celebrate the power of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and brings together the largest gathering of business, community, and civic leaders to explore issues affecting our community and to celebrate the successes of the past year of African Americans and other minority communities across Middle Tennessee.

 “Closing the Disparities” is the theme for this year’s 55th Equal Opportunity Day (EOD) Luncheon, beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 7 at the Music City Center, 201 John Lewis Way South, in downtown Nashville. Over 500 attendees are expected at this year’s EOD Luncheon, the largest attendance in the event’s 55-year history. Join them as they celebrate another year of their work Empowering Communities and Changing Lives.

In past years, the EOD Luncheon has included a single featured speaker. This year, the ULMT will take a more global look at the challenges our communities face as they work to close the equity gap and to ensure that African Americans and others in underserved communities achieve their highest true social parity, economic self-reliance, power, and civil rights. This year’s EOD luncheon will feature a panel discussion led by Clifton Harris, president, and CEO of the Urban League of Middle Tennessee, and will feature four community leaders in the areas of education, workforce development, small business, and health who will discuss current issues in their respective areas as well as ways our communities can work collectively in addressing these issues.

 “Helping our neighbors is important to the Urban League of Middle Tennessee,”  says Clifton Harris, ULMT President & CEO. “We care about our neighbors- it’s the motivation behind empowering communities and changing lives.  The door of opportunities before us to help our neighbors in need is great. With your support, we are empowered to provide workforce employment services over the days, weeks, and months ahead for our neighbors. “We are stronger together.” 

Featured EOD panelists are Dr. Joseph Webb, chief executive officer of Nashville General Hospital, a 150-bed academic system with more than 22 clinics, serving as the index teaching hospital for the historic Meharry Medical College System, health expert; Dr. Shanna Jackson, president of Nashville State Community College and a member of the Urban League Board of Directors, education expert; Latanya Channel, director of economic growth and small business development for the city of Nashville, small business expert; and Marla Rye, executive director of the Northern Middle Tennessee Workforce Board (NMWB), Inc. and President of Workforce Essentials, workforce development expert.

A limited number of reserved tables and individual tickets are still available for the event. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Urban League of Middle Tennessee’s website at www.ulmt.org or this link: http://bit.ly/3Wdk4PT 

The Urban League of Middle Tennessee (ULMT) is a historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of thousands in underserved communities across Middle Tennessee.

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