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AND A GENERATION CONTINUES TO PROSPER WITH THE HELP
OF THE URBAN LEAGUE.
AND NOW THEY'RE PAYING IT FORWARD.
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THE URBAN LEAGUE HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE 19-10.
AS A RESOURCE FOR MINORITY COMMUNITIES.
WITH A GOAL OF BREAKING RACIAL DISPARITIES.
ONLY NEWS THREE'S VELENA JONES TELLS US HOW DECADES
THE LEAGUE WILL SOON MEAN EVEN MORE TO ONE FAMILY.
BLACK MAN, BLACK MAN...HOLD YOUR HEAD UP HIGH.
JESSIE WRAY DOESN'T WRITE HYMNS FOR A LIVING
JESSIE WRAY: BE PROUD BE BRAVE AND STRONG, BUT NEVER
TAKE A NO..NO,NO,NO WHERE THE YES BELONGS.
HE WROTE THESE LINES FOR A MISSISSIPPI MAN A CIVIL
RIGHTS ACTIVIST ASSESINATED IN THE DAYS OF JIM CROW
BUT THOSE WORDS WOULD RESONATE FOR GENERATIONS TO
RAISED AS A SHARECROPPER SLAVE IN THE DEEP SOUTH
THE WORLD WAR 2 VET SAYS HE FOUND HOPE IN THE URBAN
LEAGUE A GROUP THAT WOULD CONTINUE TO INFLUENCE HIM
THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE
i went to the urban league and found that it was one
way out of some of the things,
THINGS LIKEFIGHTING RACIAL DISPERITIES
JESSE: so the raciest attitude of Jim Crow was following
me everywhere I turned.
But i learned a long time ago that if you let all
those things hold you back, you'll always be down
the hill, you have to pull with all the forces that
you can, and all the values that you can, and all
the people you can to get out of those things and
when you're out of them and get too old to pull then
I began to let him pull the trace.
ITS THAT VALUE HE HAS INSTILLED IN ALL 10 OF HIS
CHILDREN..INCLUDING FORMER POLICE CHIEF NOBLE WRAY