I would like to thank my fellow NULYPs for the confidence you have placed in me to represent you as your new president. Previously serving as President of the Urban League of Hampton Roads Young Professionals and as your Policies & Procedures Chair–under former President Brandi Richards–, my experiences there have prepared me for this new role. Please know that I will work diligently to represent you and your needs with passion and professionalism.
Over the last few months, I’ve met so many wonderful people, both within and out of the organization, who reminded me why I took on this endeavor. This year, after traveling all over the country, celebrating your victories and listening to your concerns, I’m confident that I will not just be your leader; I will be your voice.
In addition, I would also like to thank the other candidates who participated in this year’s election. It demonstrates that a strong spirit of civic responsibility and community exist within the NULYPs when such qualified candidates strive for positions to serve the chapter leaders and their members. I can assure you that those leaders you elected and those soon appointed will display a level of excellence and teamwork necessary to claim our next major victories.
Finally, I ask that every chapter leader and member search their hearts and remember the thing that convinced you to commit to NULYP in the first place. It’s time to reclaim our passion for the organization. It’s time to rekindle the fire once lit by our founders. It’s time to fan into flame the fervor that can bring our organization the respect and recognition it deserves. My team and I will be relentless in working and fighting for you. It’s the prayers of people like you–family and friends–who got me here. Now, I look forward towards issues important to our community, our organization, and our growth during the next two years.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve! Yours in the movement,
Carlos J. Clanton
President, National Urban League Young Professionals