In this July 1, 2016 file photo, singer Anthony Hamilton performs at the 13th Annual McDonald's 365 Black Awards in New Orleans. (Photo: Donald Traill, Invision, Associated Press)

The Urban League of Greater Atlanta will culminate its celebration of 102 years of service in the region with a multifaceted program tonight, Friday, December 9, featuring a concert with renowned artist Anthony Hamilton. The events will be held at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta Symphony Hall and will include tributes to partnerships and individuals whose contributions to our region help make us strong.

The League intended to commemorate its 1920 founding in 2020, but like the rest of the nation, the pandemic put such activities on hold. When the crisis hit, the League expanded its service model to become an emergency economic first responder for youth, adults, families, and small businesses. The agency adjusted operations, putting services under the umbrella of a new Financial Empowerment and Emergency Relief Center (FEERC), a Local Initiatives Support Corporation’s (LISC) integrated economic mobility model.

Today, its mission, programs, and services are more vital than ever as families, small businesses, and communities devastated by COVID-19 across metro Atlanta continue to face challenges. Far too many small businesses in communities of color have not been able to secure capital, rehire employees, and make the necessary adjustments to survive. And many families still struggle with transportation, housing, childcare, healthcare, and access to well-paying jobs.

With 12,000 people served in 2021, ULGA is ready to expand the FEERC’s reach and impact through the generous donations from its sponsors. A portion of ticket sales proceeds from the Centennial + events will directly benefit the FEERC.

The Centennial+ Celebration and Concert featuring Anthony Hamilton is the grand finale to cap off a year of delivering resources and service to the most in need across metro Atlanta our centennial celebrations and efforts to expand the FEERC.