Creating Pathways,
Removing Barriers
We’re always making moves to create pathways and remove barriers through programs, partnerships, and special initiatives and March 2023 was no different.
We want you to join us in the movement and spread the word, so keep an eye on this monthly roundup to view programming and events you can look forward to, as well as learn of the ways we have delivered in our mission to uplift African Americans in Louisiana!
Join Us for the 2023 Women in Construction Convening
Register today! We’re excited to host the 2023 Women In Construction Convening: Pathways to Profits – Leveraging Innovation for Recovery, Growth, and Sustainability, on Thursday, April 27 featuring keynote speaker Cheryl McKissack Daniel, President and CEO or McKissack & McKissack.
During the past three years, construction firms across Louisiana have been significantly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, Hurricanes Ida and Laura, localized flooding and tornados, and the economic downturn. These events caused delays in projects, labor shortages, supply chain delays, increased material costs, and tightened insurance coverage.
For construction business owners, the need for deliberate strategies for recovery, growth, and sustainability are imperative. During the 2023 Women in Construction Convening, participants will learn about innovative pathways to profitability that can change the trajectory of their business with a focus on risk management, technology enhancements, opportunities in sustainable buildings and green infrastructure, and much more!
This day will be packed with insights and best practices from industry experts, guest speakers, and women leaders who are excelling in the industry!
Automotive Apprenticeship Program Unveiled for Baton Rouge and New Orleans Career Seekers
We unveiled our Automotive Apprenticeship program, in partnership with National Automotive Dealers Association (NADA), National Urban League, and LADA last month in Baton Rouge at the Baton Rouge Community College’s McKay Automotive Training Center.
This initiative began in February and adds to our portfolio of various SkillUP Louisiana apprenticeship programs.
Learn more about the launch and program in the Baton Rouge Advocate, WGMB Fox 44, Auto Success Online, and WWL-TV New Orleans.
2023 Listen & Learn Tour Hits 7 Major Louisiana Cities
Our 2023 Listen & Learn tour, in partnership with the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus, and sponsored by Southern Poverty Law Center, has made stops in our seven target cities: New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Alexandria, Shreveport, and Monroe.
We have had conversations with community members in each city about the problems that affect them and their communities. The insights we gain from this tour will help us and the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus shape policy priorities for years to come.
Special thanks to the LA Legislative Black Caucus Foundation Chairman Representative Vincent Pierre and 12 other legislators who joined us for the tour stops: Senator Royce DuplessisRepresentatives Candace NewellBarbara CarpenterVanessa LaFleurMarcus BryantWilford Carter, Ed LarvadainC. Travis JohnsonCedric GloverTammy PhelpsAdrian Fisher, and Pat Moore.
View media coverage from and NBC10 New Monroe.
ULLA Black Restaurant Accelerator Program Spotlighted at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week
We are serious about growing Black businesses to build wealth. We helped kick off New Orleans Entrepreneur Week with “A Recipe for Success: Leveraging Best-in-Class Accelerator Programs to Grow Your Food Service Business! This panel discussion centered on how food service accelerators are helping diverse entrepreneurs to grow and scale their operations.
Special thanks to our sponsor and partner PepsiCo Foundation who was represented at the event by Senior Manager Jamelle Lacey.
Wake Up, Geaux Vote Social Media Toolkit Released, Expands ULLA Voting Efforts
Wake Up Geaux Vote is Urban League of Louisiana’s non-partisan statewide voter education and mobilization effort that is activated every election cycle to register new voters, provide relevant election updates including information about real-time ballot initiatives, candidates, and how to get people to the polls. Learn more about Wake Up Geaux Vote here.
This month, we released a social media toolkit with graphics and sample messaging for Louisiana voters as well as each of our seven target cities: Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, New Orleans, and Shreveport. We encouraged the posting of these Wake Up Geaux Vote social media materials to supporter’s respective pages, as well as, using the materials with any email lists. While this toolkit included messaging for the March 25 election, we encourage our supporters to use the graphics and messaging framework for any elections moving forward.
Help Us Raise Funds to Deepen Our Impact on GiveNOLA Day – May 2!
It’s that time again! GiveNOLA Day 2023 is coming up fast on May 2. We encourage all of our supporters to show up virtually to help us hit our fundraising goal of $25,000.
Want to be a champion? You can create your own fundraising page on behalf of Urban League of Louisiana to help us continue working to assist African Americans and other communities seeking equity to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights. Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to set up a fundraising page.
Early giving starts April 17. All gifts can be made starting then at
Exciting News! ULLA to Co-Host 2023 Televised Gubernatorial Debate
Tune in on September 7 to view the 2023 Louisiana Gubernatorial debate. Urban League of Louisiana and WWLTV, in partnership with Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, WBRZ Channel 2, KATC-TV 3: Acadiana’s Newschannel, and KTBS 3 News, will co-host this event.
“The Urban League of Louisiana is proud to continue our history of non-partisan voter education and mobilization,” said Judy Reese Morse, President & CEO, Urban League of Louisiana. “This unique partnership positions our organization to help elevate issues important to the communities we serve as well as help to highlight the future Louisianians of all communities share.”
Save the date! Our 2023 Empowerment & Policy Conference will be from September 7-9 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Stay tuned for more information.
Congratulations to Marc Morial for His Induction in the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame
CONGRATULATIONS! to Marc Morial, National Urban League’s President & CEO, on his induction in the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame.
In addition to leading National Urban League, Morial served as Mayor of New Orleans, President of the United States Conference of Mayors, and as a Louisiana State Senator. We are proud to work with Marc and @the National Urban League in the mission to fight for African Americans and other communities seeking equity to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights.
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