Here’s a look at African American people and issues making headlines throughout the country.
The Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals (LAULYP) has selected actor Larenz Tate (“House of Lies”) as one of the Divine 9 to be honored at its third annual To The Nines Affair on Friday, April 26, 2013, at The Beverly Hilton. To the Nines is hosted by the LAULYP, an auxiliary of the L.A. Urban League comprised of young African American professionals committed to economic empowerment and social change. The swanky Beverly Hills bash will be the official after-party for the prestigious 40th annual Whitney M. Young Awards Dinner, officiated by the Los Angeles Urban League.
Hundreds of digitally preserved speeches, sermons and correspondence of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be on view at the California African American Museum (CAAM) May 5 -11, 2013, as part of an unprecedented effort to showcase the work of the civil rights leader. A team of more than 300, including U.S. veterans and students, have digitized more than 200,000 pieces of paper, including Dr. King’s I Have a Dream speech, the Letter from Birmingham Jail, and his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech. Those documents are now traveling around the country in an interactive display called The King Center Imaging Project. JPMorgan Chase organized the project as part of its Technology for Social Good initiative, which provides technological solutions to social organizations across the globe.