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Louisville Urban League will establish the "Ben Richmond Legacy Empowerment Fund" in honor of the fund's namesake, who is retiring October 1, after nearly three decades of leading the organization.  The endowment fund will be officially launched at the "Retirement Celebration" for Mr. Richmond being held on Thursday, October 8, at 6 p.m., at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, 1701 West Muhammad Ali Blvd., in Louisville.

“Ben has devoted his life to empowering people and changing lives through his work for the Louisville Urban League,” said Daniel Hall, Chair of the LUL Board of Directors and Vice President for Community Engagement at the University of Louisville. “Countless disadvantaged individuals and families have been empowered and have a better quality of life today thanks to the leadership of Ben Richmond.”

Proceeds from the Retirement Celebration will go to the Legacy Fund being created to support the Louisville Urban League’s programs and services for many years to come. The fund will also support an annual award given to an individual or organization whose work and community impact exemplify Mr. Richmond’s legacy of Empowering people and Changing lives. 

Supporting the fundraising effort for the endowment at the Retirement Celebration are: Presenting Sponsors, Louisville Gas &Electric and Brown-Forman; and Platinum Sponsors, AT&T, Houston-Johnson Inc., Manna Inc., Republic Bank, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, University of Louisville, and WLKY. 

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Members of the public, as well as local businesses, are invited to support the establishment of the Ben Richmond Legacy Empowerment Fund by purchasing tickets to the Retirement Celebration and by becoming an event sponsor. For information on these and other options click here or call (502) 566-3415.

Louisville Urban League Announces First New President/CEO in Nearly Three Decades

SadiqaReynoldsThe Louisville Urban League today announced the selection of Sadiqa Reynolds as LUL’s president and CEO effective on October 1, 2015.  With more than a decade of experience, Ms. Reynolds has served as Chief for Community Building in the Office of the Louisville Mayor since 2011 and becomes the eighth person and first woman to lead the Louisville Urban League since it was established in 1921. 

Ms. Reynolds replaces the Urban League’s long-time head, Ben Richmond, who is in his 29th year as its president/CEO and announced in January 2015 his plan to retire. Her selection is the result of a national search conducted by the Louisville Urban League and certification by the National Urban League.  

In her position within the Office of the Mayor, Ms. Reynolds has provided leadership to eight metro departments, overseeing approximately 1,400 employees and a combined budget of more than $100 million. 



Steve Trager, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Republic Bank and Trust Company resently delivered their annual support check to Ben Richmond, President/CEO of the Louisville Urban League.  Republic Bank and Trust is a long standing supporter of the Urban League.




The Louisville Urban League is pleased to announce that Tera N. West has been named the Director of its Center for Workforce Development.  In the position Tera is responsible for overseeing the Center’s programs designed to help individuals obtain a job or a better career opportunity through Employment search assistance, Career counseling, Job skills training, Job placement referrals and Post-placement support. 

“I am looking forward to assisting folks from all walks of life,” says Tera of her new job at the Urban League. “I also want to grow the Center’s programs to provide even more help to those who need it most.” 

Tera is no stranger to the Urban League, having worked as an LUL Career Coach and Community Outreach Specialist earlier in her career. 

Her public service includes serving as a Board member of the Louisville Metro Community Action Partnership, a member of the Community Impact Cabinet of Metro United Way, and an instructor for the Lincoln Foundation-Whitney Young Scholars Program. 

Tera has a degree in Business Management as well as a Masters degree in Business Administration from Kent State University.

To find out more about how the Center for Workforce Development can assist those needing career assistance and support, contact Tera at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  


A memorial monument honoring African American golf pioneer George “G. G.” Johnson now prominently stands at the Shawnee Golf Course in Louisville. The granite tribute serves as a lasting remembrance of the man who paved the way for modern African American golfers such as Tiger Woods.

 The memorial was unveiled on June 12, at the Urban League’s annual George “G. G.” Johnson Golf Scramble, named in the golfer’s honor. George’s wife of 42 years, LaJune, granddaughter Taiesha Perry, brother Charlie Johnson, other family members, and over 100 friends and supporters were in attendance for the unveiling.


George passed away in March 2014, leaving a long legacy that has impacted past and future generations of African American golfers. He started playing professional golf in 1964 and became the fourth African American to win a PGA tournament in 1971. He was inducted into the African American Golfers Hall of Fame in 2008.


Named a Lifetime Member of the PGA Tour, George also became the first African American to become a head golf pro in Kentucky when he took over the leadership of Louisville’s Bobby Nichols Golf Course.


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