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Ben Richmond, Louisville Urban League

Benjamin K. Richmond is president and chief executive officer of the Louisville Urban League. Before coming to Louisville, he served for five years (1982-1987) as president/CEO of the Battle Creek Area Urban League in Battle Creek, MI. He began his Urban League career in 1979 at the Madison Urban League in Madison, WI.

Through the years, Richmond has served on boards, committees, and commissions for numerous organizations, including the Fund for the Arts of Greater Louisville, the Center for Interfaith Relations, the Spirit of Louisville Foundation/Bell Awards, Greater Louisville Inc., the Metro Chamber of Commerce, the University of Louisville, Branch Banking & Trust Company, and the Metropolitan Sewer District of Louisville/Jefferson County.

Richmond was the 2006 recipient of Louisville’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Award, presented by Mayor Jerry Abramson. He was also named Louisvillian of the Year 2004 by the Advertising Federation of Louisville and received the 2005 Champions of Children Award from the Jefferson County Public Schools.

He is a member of Broadway Temple A.M.E. Zion Church, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Psi Boule of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, the Rotary Club of Louisville, the Epicurean Club, and the NAACP.

A native of Durham, NC, Richmond was raised in Jackson, MS. His parents, the Rev. Dr. and Mrs. R.M. Richmond, live in Tuskegee, AL. He received a bachelor’s degree from Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, MS and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin (Madison).

The Urban League, established in 1910, is the nation’s oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African-Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream. The mission of the Louisville Urban League, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, interracial community service organization, is to assist African-American and disadvantaged persons in the achievement of social and economic equality primarily through education, employment, housing, family development, and community development.

Program 118
Basketball coach Denny Crum, the Derby Festival Spelling Bee, Dress for Success, and a retrospective on baseball legend “Pee Wee” Reese. (#118)