A bevy of entertainment heavyweights are set to appear at the National Urban League Convention July 28-31 in the District. From award recipients and performers like singer John Legend, actors Charles Dutton, Louis Gossett Jr. and Angela Bassett to former basketball star Earvin “Magic” Johnson, the city will be alive with culture and stardom.

Marc Morial, leader of the famed civil rights advocacy group, spoke about the importance of this year’s high-impact attendees.

“We are honored that the nation’s leading policy makers, thought leaders and celebrities will be joining us during our centennial celebration,” said Morial in a statement. “Not only will we reflect on the Urban League’s great 100-year legacy, we will be looking forward and taking a bold step into a new century of civil rights where the Urban League will continue to lead and deliver on its mission of brining economic empowerment to people in the communities we serve.”

Other notable attendees include Wendell Pierce, LeVar Burton, Alfre Woodard, Laila Ali, rapper Common, Dr. Maya Angelou, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and NAACP President Benjamin Jealous.

The National Urban League’s centennial convention takes place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. For more information visit www.nul.org/2010conference or www.iamempowered.com. Visit www.iamempowered.com for live webcasts and follow the events on Facebook and Twitter.