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Rochester Urban League to Celebrate 50th Anniversary, Honor former Mayor Bill Johnson

By Staff

William A. Johnson, Jr., former Mayor of Rochester, NY

William A. Johnson, Jr., former Mayor of Rochester, NY

The Urban League of Rochester, NY Inc. has announced it will celebrate its 50th Anniversary March 10, with a luncheon fundraiser honoring former Rochester Mayor William A. Johnson Jr.

The event will take place at 12 p.m., Tuesday, 120 E. Main St., at the Rochester Radisson Hotel in downtown Rochester, officials said.

Individual tickets are $55, and a table of 10 is $500.

In addition, the event is open to the public, however; according to officials, seating is limited.

As a result, early-ticket purchases, as well as sponsorships are also available.

“Mayor Johnson is one of the finest leaders this community has ever had,” said William Clark, president and CEO of the Urban League. “His innovative and visionary leadership was nationally renowned, earning accolades from across the country. The Urban League is proud to honor Bill, who is, and always will be, a dear friend and mentor.”

Johnson was elected mayor of Rochester in 1993, and had been the first African-American elected to the position.

He served three full terms from January 1994, through December 2005, officials said.

In addition, prior to his election as mayor, Johnson had also been the longest-serving president and CEO of the Urban League, where he served for more than 21 years.

“I am deeply honored by this recognition from the Urban League,” Johnson stated. “The 21 years I spent there were the most significant years of my career. We were able to plan, innovate and implement programs that have had a profound and lasting impact on the Rochester community. I worked with amazing staff, board members and volunteers, and with so many supportive community institutions.”

Johnson said he and Clark, who is on the cusp of surpassing Johnson as the organization’s longest-serving leader, have also brought decades of stability to the Urban League.

Prior to their tenures, he said the organization had eight leaders in eight years.

“For 50 years, this affiliate has served hundreds of thousands of socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals and their families,” Johnson stated. “The Urban League is a stalwart of this community, and I congratulate Bill Clark, and the organization’s entire team as they celebrate their Golden Jubilee anniversary this year.”

In addition, Johnson said he has been proud of the team members he hired during his tenure with the organization.

Five of them, he stated, including Clark, have been named CEOs of Urban League affiliates, and three have been named as CEOs of other agencies.

Additionally, in addition to honoring Johnson, Urban League officials said they also plan to honor one of the organization’s supporters with an award at the luncheon.

Individuals interested in attending the event may contact Jacqueleen Jordan at (585) 325-6530, ext. 3020, or jjordan@ulr.org for ticket purchases, or additional information.