Coffee with a Cop a Success

ORLANDO, MARCH 9, 2016 – Healthy conversations and the aroma of fresh McDonald’s coffee filled the air recently as the Central Florida Urban League and the Orlando Police Department held the first in a series of Coffee with a Cop initiatives.

More than 50 people were in attendance at the McDonald’s on Colonial Drive for the opportunity to have an open and honest conversation with law enforcement. The event allowed for a two-way conversation, giving citizens a chance to discuss issues important to them as well as for police officers to share their thoughts and feelings with the community.

In addition to a number of officers, Chief of Police John Mina was also on hand, leading the way as his department attempts to create relationships and build inroads within the community.

“There is a lot of distrust of law enforcement within our community and Coffee with a Cop is the first step in building trust and improving relationships,” said Glenton Gilzean Jr., President and CEO of the Central Florida Urban League. “This will take time and effort, but the only way to make a tangible difference and bring both parties together is by giving citizens this opportunity to engage with officers in a friendly and casual environment.” 



ORLANDO, FEBRUARY 5, 2016 – The Central Florida Urban League (CFUL) is proud to honor a number of individuals and corporations at the fourth annual Cornerstone Awards & Gala on Saturday, February 6 (6:30 p.m.), at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel (9939 Universal Blvd) in Orlando.

The annual event recognizes individuals and corporations whom have demonstrated a strong commitment to the values that the Central Florida Urban League holds dear. 

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ORLANDO, FEBRUARY 3, 2016 – The Central Florida Urban League (CFUL) is marking Black History Month by looking to the future, one that the organization strives to ensure is as bright as ever for the African American community in Central Florida.  

“Black History Month is a time to celebrate and honor African Americans and their incredible contributions to all aspects of society – both past and present,” said Glen Gilzean, Interim President and CEO of the Central Florida Urban League.  

“The mission of the Central Florida Urban League is to empower African Americans with the necessary tools to rise above any and all struggles and challenges they faceOn a daily basis, we provide the support needed to ensure that they have full control of their future. This month serves as a beacon of hope for our youth as we remember the past and look to the future, one ripe with unlimited potential, added Gilzean. 

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Congratulations to our Cornerstone Awards & Gala Award Winners!

Governor Scott Appoints Glenton Gilzean to Judicial Nominating Commission

ORLANDO, JANUARY 26, 2016 – The Central Florida Urban League (CFUL) is pleased to announce that Interim President and CEO Glenton Gilzean was recently appointed by Governor Rick Scott to serve on the Ninth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC). 

Gilzean was one of several candidates considered by Governor Scott. In addition to his position as Interim President and CEO of the CFUL, Gilzean is a fellow with the James Madison Institute, a program that recognizes top leaders in the state of Florida. Prior to joining the CFUL, Gilzean served as a trustee for Florida A&M University and was a member of the Pinellas County School Board.

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Two New Public Transit Lines to Launch on Sunday, January 24

Beginning Sunday, January 24, the new LYMMO Lime Line will begin service, providing a critical connection for the Parramore neighborhood to access LYNX Central Station, SunRail and the Downtown core.  This first launch of service is limited and includes new stops at FAMU College of Law, U.S. District Courthouse and the intersection of Robinson Street and Garland Avenue. The route will be completed in August 2016 and will include two additional stops in the Creative Village. 

Also launching on Sunday, January 24 is a new standalone North Quarter loop as part of the LYMMO Orange Line.  The new LYMMO Orange-North Quarter Line will operate in a loop along Livingston Avenue, Magnolia Avenue, Marks Street and Orange Avenue.  Transfers to the LYMMO Orange-Downtown Line will be available at the Orange County Courthouse Station.

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