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This year, celebrities, leaders and activists will be celebrating 100 years of honorable service with men and women that have conquered educational boundaries at The National Urban League Convention. Attendees will include Ben Jealous, BET CEO and Chairman Debra Lee, and Andrew Young, and actress Angela Bassett to name a few.

The convention, which starts on Wednesday will also bring President Obama who’s made education a priority, ensuring the dream is realized for all who have fought for education reform. The president will make a speech on education reform and other initiatives on his agenda including “Race to the Top Program”, which has been paramount in his presidency.

The civil rights organization and CEO Marc Morial have foreseeable plans for the groups 100 years in service and activism. “This year’s theme is Empowerment Time,” says Morial. “It has a dual focus – 100 years of the Urban League movement and the launch of I am empowered’ the second century of the Urban League Campaign.”

In addition, the League is expecting that the largest registration of young professionals will turnout this year to drive its most ambitious proposals (education, jobs, health care and housing). The organization’s membership group, the National Urban Young Professionals, is an outlet for college students and teenagers to become involved in major economic policies of our generation. “We want to be the civil rights organization of choice for the young people,” he added, pointing to the vast melting pot of the organization’s membership. The conference will be held at the Washington Convention Center and will extend from Wednesday through Saturday.

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