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This Black History Month, UYWI continues to highlight modern-day leaders we believe are carrying MLK’s vision, forward. Our third spotlight is on Dr. Virginia Ward. Dr. Martin Luther King...

UYWI Black History Month Spotlight: Dr. René Rochester

This Black History Month, UYWI continue to highlight modern-day leaders we believe are carrying MLK’s vision, forward. Our second spotlight is on Dr. René Rochester. Dr. René Rochester has...

Black History Month: Breaking Down ISM’s with Shuree!

In honor of Black History Month, Shuree breaks down the different ISM's that affect African Americans, while also honoring significant women in history. Shuree reminds us of the significant accomplishments...


A Brief History Dr. John Perkins personifies the integration of Christianity and Social Justice. For over a decade, at UYWI’s National Conferences, we benefited from John’s beautiful, intertwined teachings on...


It is easy to see how the “old guard” running the Urban Revitalization programs of the 1950s and 1960s believed that under-resourced communities were a “blight” on society to be...

FERN of Social Club Misfits – This Is Me TV Doc FERN of Billboard-charting Hip-Hop duo Social Club Misfits recently created an inspiring documentary with This Is Me TV. Check out their description for this video below. After signing with...

Leading Youth Through the Complexities of Gang Violence

We know that many of you are working "in the trenches" as an urban youth leader, in an area where gang violence is prevalent. You are on the frontlines serving,...

Will You Be My Neighbor (Powerful Spoken Word By Urban D.) "Will You Be My Neighbor" is a Powerful Spoken Word by Tampa Pastor, Tommy "Urban D." Kyllonen. Urban D.'s Mister Rogers' Neighborhood-inspired poem dropped a day before the 'A...

Gentrification – Integrating the Community

As we consider the lasting impact of gentrification on low-income minority populations in urban areas across the country, one big question remains: can gentrification be avoided? And if not, how...

Wande Drops Double Single Pack “No Limits”

Enter the world of Wande vs. Blande vibes. Reach Records artist, Wande, has dropped a double single pack titled "No Limits." In the pack, you get the singles "No Ceilings"...

Gentrification—Correlation Criminality

Written by Susan Delano In the first article of this series, we provided a macro-view of gentrification and explored its roots in systemic racial practices. Now In this article, we...

Gentrification – A Primer

Gentrification. A buzzword in real estate circles and city planning boards for the past decade, primarily in urban environments, has led to a housing crisis that is revealing economic inequality...