The Los Angeles Urban League, in partnership with Black College Success, is hosting its 2023 Los Angeles County High School Graduates Celebration on Friday, June 2, 2023, at California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, California 90037. The free event will begin at 6 pm and end at 8 pm. Well-known rapper Krita will be the featured musical guest for an estimated 400-500 graduating students. Students and families will be given free Kente cloth sashes, other gifts, prizes, and 40 select students from LA Urban League, Black College Success, Bridge Builders Foundation, and other community programs will receive scholarships.
To attend, please register for free at https://www.LAUL.org/LABHSG
Families, friends, and anybody who wants to celebrate Black unity and Excellence are invited to attend and celebrate this triumphant moment with the students. This year's annual celebration will feature Cedric Joe (From the hit Hulu/ABC Mini-Series ‘Women of the Movement’ and Blockbuster Film ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’), LAUSD Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, California Teachers Association (CTA), President E. Toby Boyd, McDonald's 2023 Black Change Leader and South LA's own, Kamarie Brown, and Spectrum News 1 anchor Seth Lemon, who will serve as the evening's emcee.
"In a world where Black students graduating are too often seen as just another education statistic, it is with great pleasure that the Urban League is hosting its 4th Annual Black High School Graduation at the California Science Center," said Jamecca Marshall, Vice President of Programs for the Los Angeles Urban League. "Black youth deserve our applause and acclaim, not just our appraisals and assessments."
With a sense of purpose and pride, the Urban League is embracing research that suggests allowing Black and African students to celebrate cultural differences can positively impact academic achievement. In 2021, the LA Unified Board agreed: it cut funding by $25 million to school police and funded the Black Student Achievement Plan. Two years after the Plan was implemented, regular surveys show Black students and families across the district are more engaged with school.
Los Angeles Urban League's 2023 Black High School Graduation Celebration is poised to enhance and rejoice in the academic achievement of graduating Black Seniors in LA Unified, Inglewood Unified, Compton Unified, and all 56 districts in Los Angeles County. You can join the celebration by registering for free to participate in the festivities.
About Los Angeles Urban League:
Los Angeles Urban League (LAUL) serves, educates, and empowers African Americans and other minorities to secure economic self-reliance and civil rights by providing targeted social programs and advocating for issues that benefit our communities. The Los Angeles Urban League, founded in 1921, is a flagship affiliate of the National Urban League, founded in New York City in 1910. It is one of about 90 affiliates in the United States. The Los Angeles Urban League helps thousands of Angelenos annually through its programs focusing on education, entrepreneurship, job training, and placement.
Visit and follow Los Angeles Urban League at www.laul.org and @laurbanleague (323) 864-7092.