Keke Palmer was honored by the Atlanta Urban League at the Spirit of the League Awards Luncheon, by being bestowed the Spirit of the League Champion Award for her philanthropy work with several charities.
“The theme for the annual upscale luncheon – “Investing in Youth Today: Empowering Young Adults Tomorrow” – reflects the age-old truth that we cannot advance as a people without investing in our youth. It also acknowledges the importance of letting these young people know when they are doing the right thing – and applauding them for it and supporting them in keeping it up,” said Nancy Flake Johnson, Presidentand CEO of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta.
The luncheon was sponsored by State Farm Insurance, who presented Johnson and the Atlanta Urban League with a check for $55,000 towards the continuation of the organization’s outstanding youth programs.
Palmer, 22, works with the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of the American charity Cool To Be Smart program, speaking to children about the importance of learning. She is also a supporter of Urban Farming, the Girl Scouts and the YWCA & Saving Our Daughters to tackle the issue of bullying in our nation.
Other honorees – all youth and young adults enrolled in the ULGA Urban Youth Empowerment Program – were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in the Youth Services Division include: Jovan Gay, Rontavious Stovall, Adrecus Culbreath, Hancy Aldeclat and Domence Flannigan. WSB TV 2 Reporter Erica Byfield was the mistress of ceremonies and teen jazz band “Fusion” will provide pre-luncheon music. The Tri-City High School band performed.
After lunch, Palmer sat down with Erica Byfield to regale the audience with her fascinating tale of her infancy from her haunts near Chicago, the family’s four-day drive to Southern California to pursue her acting dreams, to finding stardom with movie vehicles such as Akeela and the Bee, “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story,” and other critically-acclaimed films.
Most recently, it was announced that Palmer (“Scream Queens”, “Masters of Sex”) will be joining the cast of GREASE: LIVE as the sassy, Pink Lady “Marty Maraschino.” The show is set to air on Fox in January. Palmer is also set to star in Ryan Murphy’s highly anticipated anthropology, “Scream Queens” premiering this fall on Fox.
Take a look at the photographic highlights from the “Spirit of the League” Awards held by the Urban League of Greater Atlanta at the 12 Hotel in Midtown Atlanta.
Photos by Terry Shropshire