WASHINGTON, D.C. – From Friday, January 18, 2013 through Sunday, January 20, 2013, IMPACT hosted several events during the 57th Presidential Inauguration.
The Inauguration of President Barack Obama was an opportunity for our nation to not only celebrate four years of progress, but also look forward to the president’s second term. For young professionals, the second term of President Obama offers another opportunity to further invest in programs and strategies designed to improve the lives of individuals and communities that have been historically neglected.
With that in mind, during Inauguration 2013, IMPACT hosted a suite of events to ensure that young professionals stay politically involved, engaged, and economically empowered.
IMPACT’s 2013 Inauguration events included:
Honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through service on the National Mall – Saturday, January 19, 2013;
2013 Politicos & Influencers: An IMPACT Jazz Brunch (Ticketed event) – Sunday, January 20, 2013; and,
Hip Hop Ball II – A Gala for Young Professionals (Ticketed event) - Sunday, January 20, 2013.
Our events allowed for friends and supporters of IMPACT to network and celebrate with other young professionals as well as elected officials, community leaders, and entrepreneurs during the Inaugural Weekend of President Barack Obama.
On Saturday, January 19 from 9 am – 12 noon ET, IMPACT participated in honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by hosting an event during the MLK Day of Service. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar joined IMPACT in greeting more than one hundred volunteers at the MLK Memorial all gathered to beautify the area surrounding the memorial.
On Sunday, January 20 from 1 pm – 3 pm ET, IMPACT hosted an Inaugural Jazz Brunch honoring “Champions of Change.” These “Champions of Change” are individuals who give their time and talent to improve the lives of individuals and communities, and we were excited to recognize their accomplishments. Distinguished guests at the event included: Congressman Andre Carson (IL), Civil Rights activist and labor leader Dolores Huerta, Louisiana State Representative Ted James, and Florida State Representative Alan Williams.
Later that evening, from 9 pm – 2 am ET, IMPACT co-hosted the Hip Hop Ball II, along with Russell Simmons’s Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, at the the Harman Center in Washington, DC. Celebrity guests at the event included: Angela Simmons, Lala, 2 Chainz, Tyson Beckford, Terrence J, Swizz Beats, John Legend, and Kevin Liles among others.
Video footage is available upon request. Additional official photos from these events are also be available upon request. Photos courtesy of Chris Thomas/Imagine Photography and Andrew Mangum/Andrew Mangum Photography.
For more information, check the #IMPACTInauguration hashtag on Twitter.
IMPACT (@teamIMPACT) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage and build a network of young professionals of color to foster civic engagement, increase knowledge of the political and legislative processes, and enhance economic empowerment opportunities. For additional information about IMPACT, visit www.IMPACT-dc.com.