• 50th Annual Equal Opportunity Day Luncheon

    50th EOD Luncheon

    Hilton Nashville Downtown - February 21st, 2018
  • 50th Annual Equal Opportunity Day Luncheon

    50th EOD Luncheon

    Hilton Nashville Downtown - February 21st, 2018


Greetings to you!

Clifton Harris – CEO Urban League of Middle TN

For 50 years, we have been helping the disadvantaged of Middle Tennessee find humanity in the Nashville Region, and find ways to connect and help each other. Together we continue to gain access to equal opportunity in employment, education, financial and technological literacy, and more. The Urban League of Middle Tennessee, Inc. (the “League”) is one of the local affiliates of the National Urban League.

Welcome to the Urban League of Middle Tennessee.  I am delighted to serve as the President & CEO of this great organization that stands committed to make a difference in meeting the needs of our entire community. I am honored that local businesses, state government, local funding sources, religious groups and individuals all support the mission of the Urban League through their unwavering commitment that has afforded us the opportunity to carry out our mission over the years.
I am committed to working diligently with a very dedicated Board of Directors, staff and volunteers as we embark on an enhanced vision and plan for the organization. The focus of the Urban League of Middle Tennessee in the coming months:

• Ensure that our children are well educated and equipped for economic self-reliance in the 21st century
• Help adults attain economic self-sufficiency through good jobs, home ownership, entrepreneurship and wealth accumulation
• Ensure the civil rights of our citizen by eradicating all barriers to equal participation in the economic and social mainstream of America

Although we have touched thousands of lives since our inception in 1968, we encourage you to join our efforts and help make a difference in our growing service area. For over a century, the National Urban League has been improving the lives of citizens in the areas of youth development, health, education, community empowerment, employment opportunities and crime prevention.

All across the nation, Urban League affiliates have been tirelessly engaged and unwavering in their efforts to serve the disadvantaged in communities across America. Locally, our Urban League affiliate has been providing empowerment opportunities and we value our key stakeholders who have been providing the financial wherewithal to help us succeed.

Despite the tireless and often heroic efforts of many committed groups and individuals, we as an American democracy, still have much work to do. We strongly believe that through equality, opportunity and achievement, prosperity will come. Your continued patronage is critical to the League’s future success in providing opportunities for the disadvantaged of our community. Through the implementation of our Empowerment Agenda we seek to transform, revitalize, and further develop the expanding communities that we serve. I certainly look forward to leading our organization during this amazing renaissance opportunity.

Thank you for answering the call of action to Empower Communities and Change Lives!

In partnership,


Metro Nashville Public Schools Superintendent Shawn Joseph

Dr. Shawn Joseph is the current Director of Metro Nashville Public Schools. He is an experienced educator who has fought for excellence and equity for every student he has served in his more than 20-year career.

Dr. Joseph has served as a teacher, principal, district administrator, deputy superintendent and superintendent. Before moving to Nashville, he was the head of teaching and learning in Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland. Prior to that, he was the superintendent of the Seaford County District in Seaford, Delaware.
His work has garnered national recognition, and his expertise has been sought by other districts during transitional periods. He has won numerous awards for his work and service. including:

• Ambassador Andrew Young Certificate of Distinguished Services (2016)
• American Educational Research Association’s Outstanding Dissertation Award (2010)
• Middle Level Principal of the Year, Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals (2009)

He is also a published author and researcher, with articles in top, peer-reviewed journals of education on topics like strategic planning and principal development. In 2012, Dr. Joseph published the book The Principal’s Guide to the First 100 Days of the School Year: Creating Instructional Momentum.

Dr. Joseph considers himself a lifelong learner and holds three degrees from
Lincoln University, Johns Hopkins University and The George Washington
University. He and his wife, Ocheze Joseph, who is also a public school educator, have two school-aged children.


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