Written by | Ray Cornelius 

It was all about youth empowerment during The Urban League of Greater Atlanta’s 5th Annual Spirit of the League Awards Luncheon on Friday afternoon. The event took place at the Twelve Hotel – Atlantic Station in the Midtown District.


Honorees: Hancy Adeclat, Domence Flannigan and Javon Gay

The Spirit of the League was created five years ago, to recognize individuals who have the courage and determination to empower themselves to break down barriers through hard work, focus and passion to achieve success and give back to their communities. The organization presented awards to four exceptional young men—Hancy Adeclat, Javon Gay, Rontavious Stovall and Domence Flannigan—along with actress and Broadway star, Keke Palmer.

keke with nick and nancy

 Board Chair Nick Nelson with Keke Palmer and ULGATL President & CEO, Nancy Flake Johnson

The lunch program featured live musical entertainment from Fusion and was hosted by media personality Erica Byfield. Greetings and remarks were given by Event Chair, Otis Threatt; President and CEO of Urban League of Greater Atlanta, Nancy Flake Johnson,  Board Chair, Nick Nelson; Presenting Sponsor, Tony Kidd of Cox Media Group as well as a check presentation from State Farm Insurance.  Tri-Cities High School  group, The Naturals, performed a musical tribute to the honorees while Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves was on hand to present their awards.

Check out more photos below:

press conference

 Keke Palmer during press conference

Charmaine Ward and Otis Threatt

Spririt of the League Chair, Otis Threatts with sponsor Charmain Ward of GA Pacific

keke and the boys


Nick and Ms. Clayton

 Nick Nelson with Atlanta icon, Ms. Xernona Clayton

The Band

 Fusion Band

Erica Byfield

 Host – Erica Byfield

nancy Flake Johnson

 Nancy Flake Johnson

The awards


Nancy and Statefarm

 Check presentation from State Farm

John Eaves with Hancy Adeclat

 Hancy Adeclat receiving his award from Commissioner John Eaves

Javon Gay with ULGATL

 Javon Gay receiving his award

John Eaves with Domence Flannigan

 Domence Flannigan receiving his award

John Eaves with Rontavious Stovall

 Rontavious Stovall receiving his award

The Naturals

The Naturals performed “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Greatest Love of All”

Keke's conversation

 Keke Palmer being interviewed by Erica Byfield

keke and her mama

 Keke and her mother

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