Urban League  Annual INTERRUPT RACISM Virtual Summit Held

pictured above from Left: Dr. Seanelle Hawkins, Thomas Beauford, Jr., Marc H. Morial

The Urban League of Rochester held its  second annual Virtual INTERRUPT RACISM Summit  presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co. and ESL Federal Credit Union   September 14 and 15.  

The Buffalo Urban League, whose CEO Thomas Beauford, Jr., partnered with the Urban League of Rochester in the planning and marketing of this event to the entire nine-county Western New York area.

The INTERRUPT RACISM Summit was an online, learning experience for youth and adults,  designed for attendees to participate and come together to identify, interrupt, and dismantle processes of systemic racism.  This year’s event featured seven keynotes from national thought leaders on issues relating to this year’s Summit theme “Health, Wealth, and Safety for BIPOC.” Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, opened the event. Dr. Seanelle Hawkins, President and CEO of the Urban League of Rochester was featured in a fireside chat about her new memoir Checking In: How Getting Real about Depression Saved My Life—and Can Save Yours and her work advocating for mental health for people of color. 

Hawkins also appeared in the seventh keynote of the Summit in a panel of all six New York State Urban League CEOs. They  discussed how their individual Urban League affiliates continue to respond to the double pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism in their respective communities.

The Buffalo Urban League’s  CEO Thomas Beauford, Jr. was also on this panel.