CFUL mourns the loss of Dr. Bob Billingslea

It is with a heavy heart that the Central Florida Urban League announces the passing of Dr. Bob Billingslea on September 1, 2017. Dr. Billingslea was a dedicated supporter of the CFUL for 40 years and served multiple terms as a member of the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors, the staff and the volunteers of the Central Florida Urban League are deeply saddened by his passing and our deepest sympathies are with his family during this difficult time.

“From my first day on the job, Dr. Billingslea took me under his wing, providing invaluable counsel and support,” said Glenton Gilzean Jr., President and CEO of the Central Florida Urban League. “Dr. Billingslea was a leader in our community and a champion of minority rights for five decades, my heart goes out to his wife Deidre, his son and two grandchildren."

Annually, the legacy of Dr. Billingslea is recognized at the Central Florida Urban League's Cornerstone Awards & Gala. The Bob Billingslea Legacy Award is given to a member of the community who exemplifies the values he stood for and held dear.



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Governor Scott to join CFUL, local youth to honor members of law enforcement at annual Heroes luncheon

ORLANDO, JUNE 29, 2017 – Six men and women of the law enforcement community, as well as the late Lt. Debra Clayton, will be honored by Governor Rick Scott, the Central Florida Urban League and local youth on June 30 (11:30 a.m.) at the Orlando Police Department Headquarters (1250 W. South Street) in the second annual Honoring Our Heroes luncheon.

In the weeks prior to June 30, local youth were asked to nominate members of the law enforcement that have made a significant and positive impact in their lives. Officers receiving the honor will not be made aware of the youth who nominated them until the day of the event.

“We are proud to shine a bright light on the incredible work done by members of the law enforcement community,” said Glenton Gilzean Jr., President and C.E.O. of the Central Florida Urban League. “Each honoree went above and beyond to make a difference in the life of a child or young adult; they deserve our utmost appreciation and gratitude.”

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The Central Florida Urban League (CFUL) recently led a delegation of prominent African American community, city and business leaders in a meeting with the Governor of Florida, Rick Scott. 

Spearheaded by Glenton Gilzean Jr., President and C.E.O. of the CFUL, the delegation included: Wesley Harris, Chairman, CFUL Board of Directors; Terry Prather, CEO, Seaworld (Retired); Larry Mills, Past President, African–American Christian Clergy Coalition; Kevin Edmunds;, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, City of Orlando and Leonard Spencer.   

“We truly appreciated the warm reception from Governor Scott, who demonstrated his concern for the issues affecting Central Floridians,” said Glenton Gilzean Jr. “Our discussion was focused on economic development and implementing concrete solutions to help low income individuals obtain jobs." 

The priority for both Governor Scott and the CFUL is to ensure low income individuals have a pathway to escape poverty via employment. Both parties plan to work together to tackle this issue by providing job training for individuals to meet the advanced needs of today’s employers.

 Image: Governor Rick Scott, Glenton Gilzean Jr., President and C.E.O. of the CFUL, Wesley Harris, Chairman, CFUL Board of Directors; Terry Prather, CEO, Seaworld (Retired); Larry Mills, Past President, African–American Christian Clergy Coalition; Kevin Edmunds; Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, City of Orlando and Leonard Spencer.


ORLANDO, FEBRUARY 2, 2017  Roland Martin, along with elected officials and business leaders, will kickoff the 2017 Central Florida Urban League’s Empowerment Weekend with a community conversation at St. Marks AME Church (1968 Bruton Blvd) on February 23 at 6 pm. 

The event is free of charge and the public is invited to register for tickets by clicking here.

Martin’s discussion, which will be simulcast live on television, will focus on the issues facing the country today and the importance of being an active, engaged member of your community. Furthermore, he will host two panel discussions that will delve into Criminal Justice and Economic Empowerment Jobs: 

Criminal Justice: Chief Judge Frederick J. Lauten; and Gerard Robinson, Resident Fellow, Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute.

Economic Empowerment and Jobs: Darrick McGhee, Sr. Vice President Government Relations, Johnson & Blanton, LLC; John F. Davis, President, African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida; and Alvin Cowans, President and CEO, McCoy Federal Credit Union.  

Our community faces some tough challenges and this conversation is going to serve as the foundation for both the community and experts to bring forward opinions and solutions,” said Glenton Gilzean, Jr., President and C.E.O of the Central Florida Urban League. “We are excited that Roland Martin will help lead these important discussions, which in turn, will help us continue to fulfill our mandate of empowerment by bringing the community together and improving the lives of Central Floridians.




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ORLANDO, JANUARY 9, 2017 – The Central Florida Urban League is heartbroken as, along with our entire community, we mourn the tragic and horrific murder of Master Sgt. Debra Clayton.

"Master Sgt. Debra Clayton was a caring mother, wife, friend and mentor, said Glenton Gilzean Jr., President and CEO of the CFUL. "We had the incredible honor of recognizing her profound impact in our community through our Honoring Our Heroes ceremony last June. Master Sgt. Clayton always had the time to give back to her community, whether it was by mentoring at-risk youth or serving on our law enforcement task force. She worked tirelessly alongside the CFUL in bridging the gap between law enforcement and the community. She is - and will always be - a hero."



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