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Greater Milwaukee Urban League Event Honors Business and Community Leaders Event

Updated: Apr 19

Greater Milwaukee Urban League (GMUL) will present awards of excellence to business and community leaders whose efforts to champion equity and social justice transcend the pandemic and the uptick in efforts to limit access and opportunity.


MILWAUKEE, WI || February 11, 2022)


The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, during the GMUL’s 61st annual Equal Opportunity Day luncheon at the Pfister Hotel, 424 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee 53202. The theme for Equal Opportunity Day is Focused on the Future. In addition to the in-person event, the luncheon will also be live streamed on the GMUL Facebook page.


New this year, GMUL is presenting the Wesley L. Scott Education Award named in honor of the longest-serving CEO in GMUL history, who focused Urban League efforts on programs reaching and serving young people.


“These individuals and organizations embody the spirit of service that is needed to improve our community,” said Greater Milwaukee Urban League President and CEO Dr. Eve M. Hall. “Their individual and combined efforts reflect GMUL’s mission to empower communities and change lives. They have, are, and will continue to make a difference.”

Individuals and organizations recognized are:


Whitney M. Young Legacy Award

Dr. Joan M. Prince, Vice Chancellor Emerita, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Advocacy Champion Award

Grady L. Crosby, Retired Executive, Formerly of Johnson Controls


Dr. Wesley L. Scott Award

Dr. Howard L. Fuller, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Education, Marquette University

Dr. Michael R. Lovell, President, Marquette University


Excellence in Public Health Award

Cathy Jacobson, President & CEO, Froedtert Health

Dr. John Raymond, President & CEO, Medical College of Wisconsin

Dr. Tito Izard, President & CEO, Milwaukee Health Services, Inc.

Tenia Fisher, Founder, F.E.A.R Milwaukee (Forget Everything and Run)


Excellence in Philanthropy Award

Jennifer & Chris Abele

Rockwell Automation


Excellence in Economic Development Award

Ossie C. Kendrix, Jr., President & CEO, African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin

Melissa “Missy” Hughes, Secretary & CEO, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation


Excellence in Economic Development Advocacy Award

Seyoum Mengesha, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Marjorie Rucker, The Business Council



About Greater Milwaukee Urban League

Greater Milwaukee Urban League is an affiliate of The National Urban League. We lead through education and outreach, employment and empowerment, and advocacy to achieve economic vibrancy and equal access to all industries and disciplines that positions African Americans to create wealth and live a better quality of life. Greater Milwaukee Urban League’s vision is to ensure that Wisconsin becomes a top 10 place for African Americans to live and thrive and where the greater Milwaukee area becomes a leader in education and socioeconomic inclusion.


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Contact: Marcey Patterson

mpatterson@tmul.org



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