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  • 01/09/2017 11:54 PM | Anonymous

    Press Release                                                                                           

    NOVA Urban League Young Professionals Network Honors Kwanzaa

    #BlackHistory36: Kwanzaa Everyday Celebrates Tradition and Freedom House Museum

     

    ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Northern Virginia Urban League Young Professionals Network (YPN) will host a Kwanzaa activity and history session as part of its Freedom House tour and discussion series, #BlackHistory365: Kwanzaa Everyday. The event, held on Tuesday December 27th at 7:00 pm at the YPN headquarters located at 1315 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, is free and open to all ages.

    At Kwanzaa Everyday, participants will learn the history of Kwanzaa, assemble a traditional altar and discuss the principles of Kwanzaa and items that are significant to the holiday. Youth are also invited to participate in arts and craft projects. A tour of the Freedom House Museum, a museum dedicated to sharing the stories of enslaved Africans and African-Americans in Northern Virginia and beyond, will be led by YPN Historian Salim Adofo.

    Kwanzaa is an African American and Pan African Holiday, rooted in African culture through the seven communitarian principles: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith).

    “We called this session Kwanzaa Everyday because we believe these principles are helpful to everyone each day of our lives,” said YPN President Garrett James. “We believe they directly support the National Urban League’s goal of empowering communities and changing lives.”

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    About: The Northern Virginia Urban League Young Professionals Network (YPN) is an auxiliary organization of the Northern Virginia Urban League. YPN was founded in 1999 as a way to identify and develop future leaders of the community. Through a variety of programs and community service initiatives, YPN supports the mission of the Northern Virginia Urban League and fosters young professional development, social consciousness and civic involvement. Mission: Our mission is to engage young professionals in the Urban League Movement toward social and economic empowerment.



    YPN _BlackHistory365 Kwanzaa - Press Release - Dec 2016 (dpm).pdf

  • 12/19/2016 3:35 PM | Anonymous

       1315 Duke Street ● Alexandria, VA 22314

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    November 21, 2016                                                                                      Cell: 410-206-8082
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       YOUTH TECHNOLOGY EXPO HELD IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA

    ASTEAM (Aviation, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics)

                                                   

    Alexandria, Virginia The Northern Virginia Urban League (NOVAUL), in partnership with Smart Learning Solutions, hosted an ASTEAM Fall Family Carnival on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, Alexandria, VA. Over 400 children, families, community members, and volunteers, were in attendance.

      
    The free community expo, with hands on learning activities for children and families, featured a fun-filled day of Aviation, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. The primary purpose of the event was to reach minority, low-income, and at-risk youth in the Northern Virginia community as well as to introduce and broaden awareness of STEM education for career exploration, critical thinking and academic achievement for students.

    Organizations that provided instructors to the ASTEAM component of the expo included: 5Starr Enterprise and Productions, Cyber Green Group, Deilab, Destiny Aviation Services, Katrina Lynn Educational Services, Inc., Metro Warriors Stem Organization, NASA, Propel Productions Center, Race Tech, and The Society, Inc.

     
    Verizon served as the event sponsor and Douglas E. Brammer, Manager of Government Affairs, gave remarks and presented a $10,000 sponsorship check. Mr. Brammer stated “Verizon looks for strategic partners with whom we can invest to have the greatest impact on our communities.  This is a great alignment between Verizon’s mission from a STEM perspective and NOVAUL’s mission from a STEM perspective.”  NOVAUL Board Chair, Tracey Walker acknowledged the support of Verizon and Comcast.  She commented “The community is in need of programs that broaden and cultivate children in STEM education. ASTEAM is the foundation for the future.  NOVAUL will continue to serve as a conduit to expose our youth to academic and career opportunities for the 21st Century.” Frito-Lay and PepsiCo served as the refreshment sponsor.

    Special guests in attendance included: City of Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities; Director, James Spengler; Manager, William Chesley; and former mayor of Alexandria, William D. Euille,  

    For additional information about the Northern Virginia Urban League, visit www.nvul.org or call 703-836-2858.

                                 

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    The Northern Virginia Urban League (NOVAUL) is a non-profit, nonpartisan, multi-ethnic, social service organization. Our mission is to enable Northern Virginia minorities and other disadvantaged communities to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power, and civil rights through program services and effective advocacy. Established in 1990, NOVAUL is one of 94 affiliates of the National Urban League, the nation's oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African Americans and other underrepresented minorities to enter the economic and social mainstream.


  • 04/07/2015 10:40 PM | Anonymous

    Press Release

    Alexandria, VA — Northern Virginia Urban League (NOVAUL) announced today that John Hope Bryant, ‘silver rights’ entrepreneur and businessman, bestselling author, thought leader, philanthropist and the founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Ventures, will deliver the keynote address at the 25th anniversary celebration in McLean, VA. In 2014, Mr. Bryant was appointed by President Obama to serve on his new U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans, focused on the next generation of young leaders.  Through Operation HOPE and its partners, Mr. Bryant is responsible for empowering more than 2.2 million people and raising nearly

    $2 billion of private capital supporting low-wealth home ownership, small businesses, entrepreneurship and community development investments in under-served communities. For his dedication to empowering communities and changing lives, Mr. Bryant will be presented with the Pioneer Award at NOVAUL’s milestone 25th anniversary celebration on April 24, 2015.

    “There is no more fitting way to celebrate our legacy of service than by hearing from John Hope Bryant who has inspired and changed the lives of millions,” said Muriel Garr, member of NOVAUL’s Board of Directors and co-chair of the dinner committee.  “Mr. Bryant and our renowned honorees embody the core value of this year’s theme, remembering our history and preserving our legacy.”

    Also attending are Secretary Alexis Herman, the first African American woman ever to lead the United States Department of Labor, The Honorable Maurice A. Jones, Secretary of Commerce and Trade for the Commonwealth of Virginia, and Dr. John-Howard Wesley, Senior Pastor of Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA. 

    Secretary Alexis Herman will receive this year’s Chairman’s Award. At the age of twenty-nine, President Jimmy Carter’s appointment made her the youngest director of the Women's Bureau in the history of the Labor Department.  On May 1, 1997, she was sworn in as the 23rd Secretary of Labor and the first African American ever to lead the U.S. Department of Labor.  She currently serves as the senior vice-chair on the National Urban League’s Board of Trustees and will speak at this year’s gala on why the Urban League is one of the most relevant and necessary forces in the country today.

    Secretary Maurice Jones is the recipient of this year’s Trailblazer Award. He was appointed Secretary of Commerce and Trade by Governor Terry McAuliffe in January 2014.  Secretary Jones previously served as Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; President of Pilot Media, the largest print and digital organization in Hampton Roads, Virginia; and Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Social Services and Deputy Chief of Staff to then-Virginia Governor Mark Warner. 

    Alfred Street Baptist Church, a pillar in the community with bicentennial status is the recipient of the 2015 Legacy Award. Tracing its origins as early as 1803, Alfred Street Baptist Church has been a long-standing entity in Virginia.  Throughout its 200-year history, Alfred Baptist Church has been led by 9 pastors who have faithfully dedicated their lives to leading people both spiritually and socially in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    NOVAUL’s 25th Anniversary Community Service and Scholarship Awards Dinner will be on April 24, 2015 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner.  This milestone event will start at 6 pm with a reception followed by the awards dinner at 7 pm. For more information on NOVAUL’s 25th anniversary celebration, please visit www.novaul25.com or contact Cynthia Dinkins at c.dinkins@nvul.org or 703-836-2858.

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    The Northern Virginia Urban League (NOVAUL) is a non-profit, nonpartisan, multi-ethnic, social service organization. Our mission is to enable minorities and disadvantaged others to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights through program services and advocacy. Established in 1990, NOVAUL is one of 94 affiliates of the National Urban League, the nation's oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering minorities to enter and succeed in the social and economic mainstream. For more information, visit www.nvul.org.

  • 03/27/2015 10:44 PM | Anonymous

    Press Release

    Alexandria, VA— The Northern Virginia Urban League (NOVAUL) is thrilled to announce the details of the 25th anniversary celebration of empowering communities and changing lives in Northern Virginia, which will be held on April 24, 2015 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner.  This highly anticipated event will start at 6 pm with a reception followed by the awards dinner at 7 pm.

    NOVAUL was incorporated in 1990 as an affiliate of the National Urban League, the nation's oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering minorities to enter and succeed in the social and economic mainstream.  Since its inception, NOVAUL has provided direct services and effective economic needs of Northern Virginia’s residents.  NOVAUL has developed partnerships that expand and improve services and opportunities to minorities and under-served communities and remains committed to continuing their legacy of service.   

    From humble beginnings, NOVAUL’s headquarters is now housed in the historic Freedom House in the heart of Old Town Alexandria.  This 187 year old African-American historical landmark once saw thousands of men, women, and children pass through its walls on a harrowing journey to a life of bondage and hard labor in the Deep South to enrich slave traders and slave holders. Today, this landmark serves as an important educational reminder of this history.

    Under the theme of “Preserving our History and Continuing our Legacy,” this year’s celebration will award scholarships to deserving students as well as honor and recognize four individuals and organizations who have dedicated their time to empowering communities and changing lives by presenting them with the Pioneer, the Chairman, the Trailblazer, and the Legacy Awards.

    “We are excited to celebrate 25 years of serving the residents of Northern Virginia.  The League remains steadfast in its’ efforts to enhance the quality of life for the underserved. Our future is bright as we continue to focus on improving and expanding our programs, strengthening our partnerships and providing an enhanced value for all” states Cynthia Dinkins, CEO of NOVAUL.

    As NOVAUL prepares to celebrate the achievements of the past 25 years and looks to the future of continuing their legacy of service in Northern Virginia, they remain committed to the issues that most deeply affect the disenfranchised communities they serve.

    For more information on NOVAUL’s 25th anniversary celebration, please visit www.novaul25.com or contact Cynthia Dinkins at c.dinkins@nvul.org or 703-836-2858.

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    The Northern Virginia Urban League (NOVAUL) is a non-profit, nonpartisan, multi-ethnic, social service organization. Our mission is to enable minorities and disadvantaged others to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights through program services and advocacy. Established in 1990, NOVAUL is one of 94 affiliates of the National Urban League, the nation's oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering minorities to enter and succeed in the social and economic mainstream. For more information, visit www.nvul.org.

  • 02/23/2015 10:48 PM | Anonymous

    Press Release

    Alexandria, VA— The Historic Freedom House Museum in the heart of Alexandria’s Old Town downtown district suffered structural damage as a result of the recent record sub-zero temperatures and snow. This 187 year old African-American historical landmark once saw thousands of men, women, and children pass through its walls on a harrowing journey to a life of bondage and hard labor in the Deep South to enrich slave traders and slave holders, as was depicted in the Oscar nominated film, “12 Years A Slave.”

    Dating back to 1828, this building served as the headquarters of Franklin Armfield and CO. and housed the largest domestic slave trading company in the country. Today, the museum serves as an important educational reminder of this history and is home to the Northern Virginia Urban League (NOVAUL).

    NOVAUL is one of 94 affiliates of the National Urban League, the nation's oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering minorities and disadvantaged others to enter and succeed in the social and economic mainstream.   NOVAUL owns and maintains the museum, which was secured with the assistance of now retired Virginia Congressman Jim Moran.

    According to an Alexandria Patch article published on February 26, 2013 (http://patch.com/virginia/oldtownalexandria/video-rep-moran-tours-freedom-house), former U.S. Representative Jim Moran stated, "It's important to know history. There's a large African-American population in the schools here whose ancestors probably experienced slavery, and they experience freedom. ... The people in Alexandria often don't understand how the city became what it is today." The building is dedicated to Rev. Lewis Henry Bailey, a former slave who was freed in 1863 and returned to Alexandria, where he founded several churches and schools. "It's a place to be ashamed of what went on, but it's important to understand what went on to right this injustice," Moran said.

    “The damage to the structure places in jeopardy, over a century of history which is critical not only to Alexandria, but also the DC metro community, our nation, and the world. We hope that people, preservationists, neighbors, and friends will partner with us to preserve this national historical landmark and treasure,” said Cynthia Dinkins, CEO of NOVAUL.

    The museum houses slave trade artifacts and depicts the harrowing experience of individuals held in bondage, sold as property and waiting transport. Men, women, and children were held in the historic Freedom House maintained to honor their sacrifice and suffering.

    Media outlets are invited to capture footage of the museum. The Freedom House will be opened again to visitors as repairs and safety checks are completed. For more information, please contact Cynthia Dinkins at c.dinkins@nvul.org.

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     The Northern Virginia Urban League (NOVAUL) is a non-profit, nonpartisan, multi-ethnic, social service organization. Our mission is to enable minorities and disadvantaged others to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights through program services and advocacy. Established in 1990, NOVAUL is one of 94 affiliates of the National Urban League, the nation's oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering minorities to enter and succeed in the social and economic mainstream. For more information, visit www.nvul.org.

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