The National Urban League will honor Attorney General Eric Holder along with musician Stevie Wonder and poet Dr. Maya Angelou at the group’s upcoming centennial conference.
Holder will receive the League’s “Legend Award” for his influential work within the African American community during the 2010 National Urban League Centennial Conference next week, according to the conference’s website.
The conference will run from July 28 through July 31 and host many prominent civil rights activists and speakers, including Rev. Jesse Jackson, President and CEO of BET Debra Lee, American activist Marian Wright Edelman, political strategist Jamal Simmons and former Ambassador to the U.N. Andrew Young.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have also been invited to the centennial celebrations.
The National Urban League is a civil rights organization that works to improve the standard of living in underserved urban communities. Founded in 1910, it now operates in 36 states and the District of Columbia.
This year’s theme, “Empowerment Time: Past, Present and Future,” represents the movement’s progress and future promise, Urban League Board Chair John Hofmeister wrote in an open letter.
The story was first reported by Politics 365, a blog covering African American political news.