Gov. Cuomo, Toyota and State Farm to Receive Top National Urban League Honors

Grammy Nominee Raheem Devaughn, NBC Anchor Sheinelle Jones Take The Stage For Equal Opportunity Dinner

NEW YORK – New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, along with longtime corporate partners State Farm and Toyota, are among the honorees for the National Urban League’s 59th annual Equal Opportunity Dinner (EOD), Thursday, Nov. 19, at the New York Marriott Marquis.

Each year, the National Urban League marks the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address by presenting the EOD Award – its highest commendation – to stellar corporations, individuals and organizations that have championed the principles of equal opportunity, civil rights and social justice.  Proceeds from the dinner allow the Urban League Movement to serve over 2.8 million people annually through its network of 94 affiliates nationwide.

Actor Stephan James, who portrays Olympic champion Jesse Owens in an upcoming biographical film, will introduce an exclusive sneak preview of Race.

Partners Marriot International, Inc., W.K. Kellogg Foundation, MetLife and the MetLife Foundation will be inducted into the Urban League’s Hall of Fame

Journalist Sheinelle Jones, anchor of NBC’s Weekend Today, is master of ceremonies for the event which will feature a performance by Grammy nominated singer Raheem Devaughn and after-dinner entertainment from renowned DJ D-Nice. EOD Chair David L. Steward, Urban League Board Chair Michael F. Neidorff and President and CEO Marc H. Morial are among the featured speakers.


National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial
New York Gov.  Andrew M. Cuomo
Weekend Today anchor Sheinelle Jones
Grammy-nominated artist Raheem Devaughn
DJ D-Nice
James Colon, Vice President, African American Business Strategy, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
Duane Farrington, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer,  State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company


59th Annual Equal Opportunity Dinner


Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015
7:30 p.m.


New York Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway, New York, NY