SACRAMENTO – The Greater Sacramento Urban League will give its Vernon E. Jordan Legislative Advocacy Awards to state legislators who have done the most to advance the cause of equality and justice for Californians in a “State of Black America” reception in the State Capitol on June 4, 2013.

“On the occasion of the National Urban League’s 2013 edition of its “State of Black America” Report, we are honoring state legislators who have labored hard to achieve justice, equality, and economic advancement for their fellow Californians,” said James Shelby, Interim President and CEO of the Greater Sacramento Urban League.
“Beginning with Sacramento’s own Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, we are honoring those legislators who have fought to make the state and nation a place with opportunity for all, and to raise the horizons for millions of our local and state residents,” he added.

The Greater Sacramento Urban League will also honor Assembly Member Holly Mitchell, Chair of the Legislative Black Caucus and Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services; Senator Ricardo Lara, Chair of the Latino Legislative Caucus and Vice-Chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee; and Assembly Member Paul Fong, Chair of the Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus and Chair of the Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee.

The “State of Black America” report is a data-driven assessment of African American progress. The 2013 report is the 37th edition of the Urban League’s highly regarded snapshot of African American progress.

The Greater Sacramento Urban League, an affiliate of the National Urban League, assists all people needing its services to achieve self-sufficiency and equality. The Sacramento Urban League accomplishes its mission through direct service, advocacy, education and collaborative partnerships.

The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research, and advocacy. The National Urban League has 95 affiliates serving 300 communities, in 35 states and the District of Columbia. These affiliates provide direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than 2 million people nationwide.

For more information on the “State of Black America” Vernon E. Jordan Legislative Advocacy Awards Reception please contact Renee Alexander via email at or by calling (916) 286-8656.