CELEBRATE UNITY: Held at the Nicollet Island Pavilion overlooking the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis, this inspiring and important event honors individuals and organizations helping to realize an equitable society. The evening includes dinner, cocktails, music, inspirational remarks from honorees and speakers, a fund-a-need auction, mingling and more. The program features:
Michele Norris, Trailblazer Award Honoree - Executive Director of Aspen Institute’s The Bridge program on race and identity, Founding Director of The Race Card Project, NPR’s first African-American female host
Minnesota Lynx, Truth & Justice Award Honoree - 3-time WNBA Champions, 5-time Western Conference Champions, advocates for social justice and racial equity
Dr. Betty Jo Webb, Community Champion Award Honoree - Former Associate Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools, thought-leader and champion for students and educators in Minneapolis and nationally
Al Taw’am "The Twins", Dance Performance - Minnesota dance duo of identical twin sisters, Iman and Khadijah Siferllah-Griffins
Camille Williams, Emcee - Anchor and reporter for Kare 11 News
Dr. Mambo’s Combo, Music - Soul and R&B musical group with Michael Bland on drums, Sonny Thompson on bass, Margaret Cox and Julius Collins on vocals, Kevin Gastonguay on keys, and Billy Franze on guitar
DRESS FOR EQUITY: Guests are encouraged to dress to impress in business or cocktail attire with a dash of red to represent Minneapolis Urban League’s iconic red equal sign logo. Whether you wear head-to-toe red or add just a dash with your accessories, you will show support for unity and equity. Get creative! Can’t find a dash of red? Red corsages and other dashes of red will be available for purchase at the ball.
CHANGE LIVES: Your sponsorship will support the Minneapolis Urban League and help thousands of African descendants in our community secure meaningful jobs, live healthier lives, advance educational goals for themselves or their children and achieve financial stability.
ABOUT US: Founded in 1926, the Minneapolis Urban League is an unapologetic and relentless advocate for equity, justice and power for African descendants. We envision a future in which African descendants are fully engaged, empowered and invested in the success and well-being of the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
Nicollet Island Pavilion
40 Power St
Minneapolis, MN 55401