Grammy Winner/Entrepreneur Lecrae Brings Financial Health Message to National Urban League Conference

Event Sponsor Experian Reaffirms Commitment to Expand Financial Literacy, Equity, and Inclusion

In partnership with Experian, Grammy award-winning artist, New York Times best-selling author, entrepreneur, speaker, thought leader, and philanthropist Lecrae headlines the “Protect The Bag Live – The Keys to Building Black Wealth” event at the National Urban League 2022 Conference. (Photo: Business Wire)

July 18, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Experian and the National Urban League join forces with multi-platinum hip-hop artist, activist, and influencer Lecrae for a high-energy financial education forum, “Protect The Bag Live – The Keys to Building Black Wealth.” Part of the National Urban League’s upcoming 2022 Conference, the live, in-person event is set for Friday, July 22, from 11:15 am to 12:30 pm, at the Washington Convention Center, Rm 147A.

“@NatUrbanLeague is proud to continue our rewarding partnership with @Experian with the ‘Protect the Bag Live’ event featuring @Lecrae, one of the most inspirational and relevant figures in contemporary Black culture” – @MarcMorial #NULCONF22

National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial

In the parlance of hip-hop, “protect the bag” means safeguarding those hard-earned dollars and growing your “bag” through disciplined spending and smart investing. It’s the title and inspiration for Lecrae’s six-part YouTube series on financial health, produced in partnership with Experian. For this exclusive live event, Lecrae and an esteemed group of finance experts and business leaders share insights on wealth building and financial empowerment regardless of income.

“The National Urban League is proud to continue our rewarding partnership with Experian with the ‘Protect the Bag Live’ event featuring Lecrae, one of the most inspirational and relevant figures in contemporary Black culture,” said National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial. “Financial literacy, equity, and inclusion are paramount concerns for African Americans and essential to closing the wealth gap that threatens to roll back so much hard-earned progress. Lecrae is an authentic voice and a messenger of aspiration and possibilities. The National Urban League looks forward to the artist sharing his thoughts on economic empowerment with our conference audience.”

TheProtect the Bag Live” event is part of an ongoing partnership between the influential civil rights organization and the nation’s leading credit and financial services firm. The joint effort launched in 2021 and focuses on inclusive credit scoring, education, and other financial tools to create a more equitable landscape for Black entrepreneurs, potential homeowners, and families.

Experian works with National Urban League affiliates and the communities they serve around the country to improve access to financial and credit tools and resources and unlock opportunities for economic advancement.

“Fair and equitable access to financial tools and resources is key to Experian’s mission. Working with Lecrae and the National Urban League, we are empowering African American consumers with even more control of their financial future. We are honored to partner with Marc Morial and the National Urban League to drive positive change, thus helping our community achieve their personal financial goals and ultimately build generational wealth,” said Wil Lewis, Experian’s Global Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer.

Investing in communities is a crucial pillar of Experian’s Corporate Social Responsibility program. The partnerships with Lecrae and the National Urban League are part of Experian’s United for Financial Health initiative, which aims to empower and protect consumers to improve their financial health through education and action.

The National Urban League Conference is the nation’s largest and most influential civil rights and urban advocacy event of the year, bringing together business, government, and social advocacy leaders to explore the issues that profoundly impact Black Americans. After two years as an exclusively virtual event, the 2022 conference is a hybrid affair featuring a full slate of in-person programming conducted onsite in Washington, D.C., from July 20-23, along with a robust online component.