Young Black New Yorkers Galvanize for Action

Attendees at the State of Young Black New York meeting (Photo via Amsterdam News)

Attendees at the 2014 State of Young Black New York meeting (Photo via Amsterdam News)

Gathering for the annual State of Young Black New York meeting at NYU Wagner recently, the young professionals mingled and heard speakers exhort them to convert “moments” from the past and present into “movements” for change, Cyril Josh Barker of Amsterdam News reports.

The all-day program, hosted by New York Urban League Young Professionals (NYULYP), included discussions on civil rights and public policy along with symposiums on education, social justice and politics.

“The State of Young Black New York is an event that really captures what young professionals should do as citizens of New York, especially as Black and Brown people,” said NYULYP President Jamar Woodruff. “It’s really getting people to think critically about what to do about certain issues in our neighborhood like stop-and-frisk and even issues across the nation like Trayvon [Martin] and Jordan Davis.”

Speakers at the event included Arva Rice, president and CEO of the New York Urban League; Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams; the Rev. Michael Walrond of the First Corinthian Baptist Church; and Janaye Ingram, the newly-installed executive director of the National Action Network.

Attendees were also addressed by the Rev. Al Sharpton, who spoke about their responsibility of being young, black educated professionals.

For more on the meeting, go to the original article in Amsterdam News.

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