Urban League sets 2013 convention in Philly

A major convention will take place in Philadelphia in about a year and a half.

The National Urban League, the largest civil rights organization in the U.S, will have its annual meeting in the city in 2013. National Urban League CEO Marc Morial said it’s a way of recognizing the Philadelphia chapter and its president and CEO.

“We want to showcase the work that Pat Coulter has done in this city, changing the lives of people,” said Morial, the former mayor of New Orleans. “We want to showcase great mayors and municipal leaders who are about bringing people together.”

Mayor Michael Nutter said about 10,000 National Urban League members will come to town for the convention.

“We believe in hospitality,” said Nutter. “Of course, it was a little over 200 years ago that Philadelphia of all the cities of the 13 Colonies, Philadelphia was selected for the first convention–and you see what happened at that one.”

The convention is set for the end of July 2013.

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