African-American Leadership Awards

Each year, the African-American Leadership Awards recognize the accomplishments and achievements of African Americans in our community who have made significant contributions to the City of Omaha in the following categories: Business, Community, Education, Faith, Government, Health, Young Professional (ages 21 to 39) and Youth (ages 16 to 18). The awards are presented by the Urban League of Nebraska Guild. | Learn more about the ULN Guild.

The 2018 AALA Honorees

The Urban League of Nebraska Guild is proud to announce the honorees for the 2018 African-American Leadership Awards:


Chandra Henley, Union Pacific Railroad


Arvin Frazier, College Possible


Dr. Sandra Hodges, Omaha Public Schools (Ret.)


Rev. Jon Lucas, New Rising Star Church


Captain Wayne Hudson, Douglas County Sheriff’s Department


Kenny McMorris, Charles Drew Health Center

Young Professional

Aja Anderson, Charles Drew Health Center


Rianna Gunter, Omaha North High Magnet School

Someone Special

Lonnie McIntosh


Visit the African-American Leadership Hall of Fame to view past recipients.

The African-American Leadership Awards Gala

The honorees will be recognized at a ceremony hosted the first Friday in June:

29th Annual African-American Leadership Awards Gala
June 1, 2018

6 p.m. Reception
7 p.m. Dinner & Awards Ceremony
Hilton Omaha Downtown | 1001 Cass St, Omaha, NE 68102

Join the Celebration

The Urban League of Nebraska Guild organizes the African-American Leadership Awards with the generous support of community members, businesses and organizations. Your support allows us the opportunity to recognize today’s African-American leaders and inspire the leaders of tomorrow. You can support AALA the following ways:

  • Become a Patron.
  • Make a donation.
  • Purchase tickets or a table.

Important Dates

Please be mindful of the following due dates for your RSVP and any qualifying recognition:

April 21st For Patron Recognition in the Official Invitation.
May 25th For Patron Recognition in Event Program.
May 28th For RSVPs.



For more information about AALA, please contact the Urban League of Nebraska Guild.

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