National Urban League bestows awards on 13 local leaders

Former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial, now president of the National Urban League, was in town Friday to bestow awards on a raft of local leaders on behalf of the Urban League.

The awards were given out at a luncheon at Dooky Chase restaurant. According to the organization, they are meant to honor people who have “given back to their community by working to improve the city’s quality of life in a manner consistent with the mission of the National Urban League.”

The awards are grouped into four categories:

New Generation Leaders for a New Century awards were given to Erika McConduit-Diggs, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans; state Rep. Jared Brossett, who is also a candidate for the District D seat on the City Council; Tanya Lombard, assistant vice president for public affairs for AT&T; Oyd Craddock, president of St. Augustine High School; and Tania Tetlow, a law professor at Tulane University.

Living Legends awards were given to the Rev. J.C. Profit, pastor at Stronger Hope Missionary Baptist Church, and Rabbi Ed Cohn of Congregation Temple Sinai.

Distinguished Public Service awards were given to Sheriff Marlin Gusman, who is running for re-election and was the city’s chief administrative officer when Morial was mayor; Doug Thornton, vice president of SMG in charge of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and New Orleans Arena; Judge Terry Fleming Love of Louisiana’s 4th Circuit Court of Appeal; Judge Robin Giarrusso of Orleans Parish Civil District Court; and John Casbon, president of First American Title.

A Champion of the Arts award was given to Tim Francis, a lawyer, artist and board member of the New Orleans Museum of Art and former president of the Stevie Wonder Foundation.