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Memphis Urban League looks within for new president, CEO

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The Board of Directors of the Memphis Urban League has appointed Tonja Sesley-Baymon president and chief executive officer of the 70-year-old Memphis Urban League.

Sesley-Baymon, who has worked with MUL for 8 years, took the helm Oct. 2, succeeding Tomeka Hart. She previously served as the Urban League's program director,

"Her proven dedication, leadership and expertise are what's needed to build upon the Memphis Urban League's ultimate mission of assisting African Americans, the underserved and economically disadvantaged to expand economic opportunities, and secure parity, power and civil rights," said Marsh R. Campbell, chair of the Memphis Urban League Board of Directors.

The Board, said Campbell, anticipates "great leadership during her tenure."

As the programs director for the Memphis Urban League's departments of Workforce & Economic Development and Education and Youth Development, Sesley-Baymon managed programs designed to empower adults with the skills needed to secure employment. Her empowerment focus included working with youth to help them prepare academically and socially for college, career and life.

"I am humbled and honored to be chosen as the new president and CEO of the Memphis Urban League," said Sesley-Baymon.

"I am extremely grateful to the Board of Directors for giving me this opportunity, and I look forward to working diligently to continue the 70-year history of the Memphis Urban League as a force in giving those a voice and path to success who might otherwise go unheard or be overlooked."