July 2020 Chairman’s MessageBy Urban League of HR
Hello Urban League family and friends! Welcome to the month of July! July is National Youth Sports Month! There is so much surrounding youth sports that is making the news these days! First, they are not playing sports due to the pandemic. The news is surrounding African American High Schoolers beginning to select HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) over PWIs (Predominately White Institutions) is making headlines. Some college athletes are evening entering the transfer portal and selecting HBCUs. This is of course in line with the BLM movement and lack of support from the current administration.
We here at the ULHR are still holding testing events across Hampton Roads, again I must shout out to Mary Bibbs and the team along with our valued partners Sentara, Chesapeake Regional, The Southeastern Foodbank, Dominion Energy, Cox communications, GEICO, O’Connor Brewery, United Way, Hampton Roads Community Foundation, Truist, Wells Fargo, Ryan White, VHDA, Veil Brewing Co., Port of Virginia, Towne Bank, Coastal Vision, Langley Credit Union, Smartmouth Brewing Co., Heartwork Marketing Co, ORF.org and there are many others who have contributed to our efforts here. I hate naming companies because I may forget one or two, but at the old adage goes- charge it to my head and not my heart.
Dr. Janice Underwood and Governor Ralph Northam have been so instrumental in assisting us with testing and resources for the underserved community we have to thank them. Several thousand people have been tested in these communities due to Health Equities Task Force assigned by the Governor headed by Dr. Underwood.
The Pandemic continues to climb, states are opening at their own risks, masks are becoming a political issue instead of courtesy to others and also to ourselves. I implore people not to make this pandemic a political issue, this is about saving lives. To date over 130k people have lost their lives here in the US, that is way too many people to make this a red or blue issue- this is about survival! Care enough to wear a mask, wash your hands and physical distance when possible!