The Lead Like King Gala and Awards


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About the Lead Like King Gala

In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Urban Renewal Center (URC) will host the 3rd Annual Lead Like King Gala on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 6:30pm. The semi-formal dinner and gala will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Norfolk in First Hall at 820 Colonial Avenue, Norfolk, Virginia. Tickets are $55 per person.  

The 2019 Lead Like King Gala will commemorate the legacy of hard working slaves who, against their will, were brought to America for the first time in 1619. Yet, they withstood the test of time amid the harshness of slave brutality, often in inhumane conditions. At this celebration of Dr. King’s legacy, it is appropriate to connect the dots between King’s legacy and black ancestors who carved the heritage that fueled the fire that spawn King’s relentless protest for social justice.

 The gala will consist of a classy evening with a southern comfort dinner, live entertainment including Spirituals, Civil Rights songs, Soul Music, and an awards ceremony. 


Nominate someone for the 2019 Lead Like King Leadership Award

The Urban Renewal Center will recognize transformational leaders in the community. We are inviting you to nominate a leader for the 2019 LLK Leadership Award. When you nominate someone, please explain in your nomination how your nominee embodies the following criteria that reflects Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s leadership characteristics: 

1.    Leading in progressive ways to advocate for racial and ethnic harmony;

2.    Commitment to your cause;

3.    Disrupting the status quo as an essential component for constructive change;

4.    When you have a dream, communicate it and do it;

5.    Encourage creative tension. 

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Table Sponsors and Ticket Cost

We would like to invite you, your family or your business to consider being a sponsor for the Lead Like King Gala 2019. All proceeds will support the mission and initiatives at the Urban Renewal Center.

 ·     Table Sponsor– $440 – You will receive one table for a total of 8 guests. 

·     Individual Tickets – $55 per person

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