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Virtual Event to Showcase Region’s African-American, Afro-Caribbean & Afro-Latino Cultures


HARTFORD, CONN.  – On Thursday, February 17th from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the Urban League of Greater Hartford will host its 2022 Annual Black History Month Celebration, A Legacy Revealed – One Nation. One Assignment.” This virtual experience, streamed digitally on YouTube and Facebook, will showcase the achievements and contributions of African-American, Afro-Caribbean, and Afro-Latino cultures in the Capital Region with an interactive virtual exhibit, inspiring entertainment, and the 2022 Legacy Honors awards ceremony to honor local residents.


“This is our seventh year hosting this event, and it brings the entire Urban League organization so much joy to provide an entertaining and educational experience that honors Hartford’s rich history and culture,” explains David Hopkins, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Greater Hartford, whose programs and operations impact more than 3,000 individuals and their families every year in the areas of youth development, adult education, workforce development, economic enrichment, community health, and social justice. “We look forward to celebrating the power and beauty of Hartford’s dynamic Black community and to recognize our Legacy Honors recipients for their contributions to the region.”


6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Interactive Virtual Exhibit – Discover resources, services, and activities offered by individuals and organizations in the Greater Hartford community. Attendees may enter for a chance to win giveaways while they engage virtually.


6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: Legacy Showcase & Awards – Music, poetry, and dance performances, and presentation of the 2022 Legacy Honors awards to:

  • Community Activist Award – Hyacinth Yennie, Hartford South End Community Activist;
  • Social Impact Award – Joel Hicks-Rivera, Senior Community Impact Officer, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving;
  • Public Service Award – Faith Palmer, Operations Manager, City of Hartford Dept. of Health & Human Services;
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit Award – Kevin Joiner, Esq., Business Owner, KBARR; and
  • Generation Next Award – Zenae Lewis, a Junior at Southern Connecticut State University.


The February 17th virtual event is free and will be livestreamed on Social Media @ulgh64


Register, become a sponsor, place an ad, or become an exhibitor at:


Event sponsors include: CHR and Carlton Fields.

Proceeds from the support of corporations, foundations, and individual donors help fund Urban League programs and operations. Donations can be made at:


For questions or more information, contact: Kyrinda Richardson at 860-728-4291 or or Liana Perez at


Urban League of Greater Hartford’s February 17th Black History Month Celebration…Page 2



Urban League of Greater Hartford corporate partners include Travelers, Webster Bank, Pratt & Whitney, Comcast, Barnes Group, Inc., Stanley Black & Decker, Bank of America, OTIS Elevator, Hartford Steam Boiler, The Root Center for Advanced Recovery, St. Francis Hospital, Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, UCONN Health, and Audacy.


The Urban League of Greater Hartford, Inc. (ULGH) is a community-based, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) whose mission is to reduce the economic disparities in Greater Hartford’s communities through programs and services in the areas of youth development, adult education, workforce development and training, economic enrichment, health equity, social justice, and racial equality. Established in 1964 as the National Urban League’s 66th affiliate, the ULGH works locally to promote that nationwide organization’s “All In” campaign to help combat the Covid-19 pandemic by helping to inform communities of color about the vaccines so they can make the best, most informed decision about receiving the vaccine. For information about the Urban League of Greater Hartford, visit or call 860-527-0147. Follow us on social media @ulgh64.