Baltimore to Host The National Urban League 2016 Annual Conference

Monday, August 3, 2015 - 3:15pm

BALTIMORE, MD (August 3, 2015) – The National Urban League, the nation’s oldest and largest community-based civil rights organization, has selected Baltimore as the host city for its 2016 Annual Conference. Attendees will convene in Baltimore August 3-6, 2016, for four days of professional and civic engagement, business development, and networking opportunities.

“We are especially excited to bring the 2016 conference to Baltimore – a city with a long and rich civil rights history and much to offer our attendees and members,” said Marc Morial, president and CEO, National Urban League. “Our desire to come to Baltimore was also a timely one. We are committed to partnering with our affiliate, the Greater Baltimore Urban League, Mayor Rawlings-Blake and the entire city of Baltimore to empower residents and make a notable impact in the local community.”

Conference highlights include empowering sessions and workshops focused on strategies for individual citizens and whole communities to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights. Attendees will hear from political, business and community leaders on topics including health, business, education and justice. The conference also includes free events for the community including the NUL Experience Hall, featuring exhibits, entertainment and health screenings; a business marketplace; and a career and networking fair that features direct recruitment, on-site interviewing and professional development workshops on a variety of topics.

“We are honored to host the National Urban League’s 2016 conference in Baltimore,” said Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “The impact of the conference goes well beyond the economic benefits to Baltimore as it allows us to showcase the city’s rich cultural history while also providing opportunities for residents and community members to engage with a cross-section of leaders to discuss relevant and current issues affecting urban communities.”

“The Greater Baltimore Urban League is excited to serve as the local host for the 2016 annual conference,” said J. Howard Henderson, president and CEO, Greater Baltimore Urban League. “The 2016 conference will provide unparalleled opportunities for local Baltimore community members, business leaders and our youth to engage with leaders throughout the country.”

“The National Urban League is the perfect example of Baltimoreans working on behalf of the city to help bring meetings to Baltimore,” said Tom Noonan, president and CEO of Visit Baltimore. “J. Howard Henderson and the staff of the Greater Baltimore Urban League, with the support of the Mayor’s office, helped secure this prestigious conference for Baltimore in the short-term.”

The 2016 conference is estimated to attract 13,000 attendees who will utilize more than 6,000 hotel room nights and generate an estimated economic impact of $4.2 million.

The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research and advocacy. Today, the National Urban League has 95 affiliates serving 300 communities, in 35 states and the District of Columbia, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than two million people nationwide.

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Sara Warfield, Visit Baltimore, 410-659-7071, [email protected]

Teresa Candori, National Urban League, 212-558-5362, [email protected]