By Camilla Mhute, Editorial Intern
The Urban League of Greater Atlanta hosted its 6th Annual Spirit of the League Awards at the Twelve Hotel, Atlantic Station. The event recognized three outstanding youth achievers under the theme “Investing in Youth Today…Empowering Young Adults Tomorrow.” WSB-TV 2 reporter Tyisha Fernandes kept the audience entertained while moderating the celebration alongside president and CEO of the ULGA, Nancy Flake Johnson.
The star of the show however, was Keshia Knight Pulliam,who was bestowed the Spirit of the League Champion Award for her active role in her youth mentoring programs. Many recognized her from the award-winning “The Cosby Show” in which she starred as Rudy Huxtable, and became the youngest actress to be nominated for an Emmy Award at 6 years old. During the ceremony, she gave an inspiring, teary-eyed speech in support of her camp, Kamp Kizzy, which is a program designed to mentor young girls and boys, ages 11-18 in Atlanta.
The atmosphere was blessed by an invocation from Rev. Richard Wayne Wills Sr., pastor of Friendship Baptist Church. Teen jazz group, Anonymous Da Band provided guests with familiar musical numbers in the likes of Michael Jackson while the guests enjoyed top-notch salmon and chicken salad followed by desserts of all flavors. To add on to the excitement, Tate Farris and Ceavanti Rhodes from Youth Ensemble Atlanta sang the classic “Feelin’ Good” in perfect harmony.
The three program participants, Aminah Colbert, Michael Cook, and Jacqueline Gibson, received their well-deserved spotlight with gold plaques and gracious smiles.