Racial Justice Matters

Join the Central Florida Urban League on Sunday, July 26 at 3 p.m. as we participate in a vehicle procession to honor the late Congressman John C. Lewis.

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Free Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing

Until August 18, the CFUL is encouraging all individuals to register for free Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. Testing is available to any individual demonstrating symptoms of the virus. To register for an appointment, please click here.

If eligible, individuals will be directed to the scheduling tool to select a convenient date and time for their COVID-19 test. Qualifying participants will need a valid ID in order to receive the test.

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To register for an appointment, please click here.

Testing will take place daily from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m at the Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets (8200 Vineland Avenue).


 


CFUL mourns the loss of Rep. John Lewis



Orlando, July 18, 2020
Along with the rest of the country, the Central Florida Urban League, its employees, volunteers and stakeholders mourn the loss of civil rights icon, Representative John Lewis.

“Throughout my career, I have looked up to John Lewis and his passing will leave a deep void not just in the House of Representatives, but in this country,” said Glenton Gilzean Jr., President and CEO of the Central Florida Urban League. “John Lewis was the youngest speaker during 1963 March on Washington; as the youngest civil rights leader, he paved the way for young men, like me, to get involved and allow our voices to be heard.”

 


CFUL's Sam Cadet featured on News 6

CFUL volunteer Sam Cadet was recently featured on News 6 for his apprenticeship with the Public Allies of Central Florida. During his tenure with the CFUL, Sam played a key role in building the organization's volunteer infrastructure. 

Click here to watch the clip!


Calling All Youth: Start A New Chapter In Your Life

Calling all youth: Are you looking to start a new chapter in your life or do you know someone between the ages of 16 through 24 who is motivated to start a career path?

We're here to help!


Statement on Juneteenth

On #Juneteenth, which is also known as ‘Freedom Day,’ we commemorate June 19, 1865, the date when the slaves in the State of Texas finally received the news that they were free – more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863.

Today is a celebration of freedom. As African Americans, while we still face challenges, we nonetheless live in the most free and prosperous nation on earth. Despite these challenges, let us also recognize the incredible progress we have made. African Americans have reached the pinnacle of all aspects of society: from the presidency to athletics, from media to the highest levels of the educational establishment, our community continues to make a positive and meaningful impact on our country and the world.

I encourage everyone to come together today and celebrate the progress, but also remain mindful that there is still much work to be done.

- Glen Gilzean Jr.


CFUL summer literacy enrichment camp begins today

The CFUL's Summer Literacy Enrichment Camp begins on June 15!

We are proud to provide this program virtually and in partnership with the Central Florida Community Arts Academy, ensuring that our youth enhance their literacy skills in a fun and engaging way: through the arts. 

This program is being offered in weekly cohorts, throughout the summer, running each afternoon from 3 PM to 5 PM. At the end of the week-long 10-hour program, students will have written and designed their own storybook.

To register your child, please email: reading@cful.org.


Statement on the murder of George Floyd

 

Like so many around the country and the world, I am both angry and saddened by George Floyd’s murder.

Unlike the many injustices that have occurred beforethe murder of George Floyd has led us to a tipping point. This is evidenced by protests and vigils, not just across Central Florida, but around the world. We have witnessed a demand for change in the Black community and this demand for justice is being echoed by our brothers and sisters regardless of race, culture or creed. 

Derek Chauvin, the officer who murdered George Floyd and the three otherwho stood idly by must be held accountable and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. However, I also know that these individuals do not represent all the brave men and women of law enforcement. Whether local, state or federal, I have had the honor of working with many of these heroes throughout my career. In fact, officers from our very own Orlando Police Department marched and chanted alongside peaceful protesters this past weekendWhile sadly, George Floyd’s murder is not an isolated incident, we must still refrain from grouping the terrible actions of a few with the kindness and bravery of the many.

As we protest the murder of George Floyd and racial injustice in general, we must also condemn the rioters and lootersThese individuals have descended upon cities across the country to take advantage of peaceful protests with the goal of causing mayhem and anarchy. The damage left in their wake has far reaching ramifications and the black community is directly hurt by their actions. Small businesses, many of which are black ownedare amongst their targets. These businesses represent the backbone of our economy. They are owned and operated by hardworking Americans who are simply looking to put food on the table for their families and their employees. The despicable actions of these rioters has left their legacy of hard work in shambles. 

On a local level, the Central Florida Urban League has worked for years to bridge the gap between our community and law enforcement. Whether it is arranging for officers to meet with citizens over a cup of coffee, or honoring the legacy of the late Lt. Debra Clayton through numerous youth mentorship programs, I am proud of the strong relationship that we have built with the Orlando Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff's Office. Both law enforcement entities have worked diligently within our community for years to earn both our trust and respect. And I am proud of the foundation we have built together. We will continue to work alongside one another for the betterment of our community.

There is no easy solution to this crisis, but what I do know is that we must ask the tough questions and have an honest conversation with each other. The Central Florida Urban League will be working with our partners in the community to educate the public about systemic racism. We will also ensure to hold all those accountable who continue to promote discrimination or hatred of any kind.

The road forward will not be easy, but every positive action honors the memory of George Floyd and all who sadly came before him. As a society, we must begin with a common foundation: brutality, violence and discrimination towards any individual, person or group will not be tolerated. Our children will look back on our actions today as a turning point. We cannot let the murder of George Floyd be in vain. Let us honor him by using this tragedy as a watershed moment of clarityguiding us towards a better tomorrow.  

- Glen Gilzean Jr.


CFUL to partner with Central Florida Community Arts Academy on free reading program

The CFUL's Free Reading Program is proven to increase literacy levels in students from Grades 3 to 5 and we are proud to provide this program virtually and in partnership with the Central Florida Community Arts Academy, ensuring that our youth enhance their literacy skills in a fun and engaging way: through the arts.

To register for the program, please click here

 


Glenton Gilzean Jr. featured in Orlando Times

Glenton Gilzean Jr.'s appointment to Governor Ron DeSantis' Re-Open Florida Task Force was recently featured in the Orlando Times: