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Leroy R. Coles, who served as Buffalo Urban League president and chief executive officer from 1972 to 1998, will be special guest as the organization holds its annual meeting and community update at 6 p.m. Thursday in Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave.

“His leadership was instrumental in building programs and services that continue to meet the needs of ... individuals and families,” says Brenda W. McDuffie, current president and CEO.

The Urban League will release its annual report during the meeting and confirm the incoming officers and board of directors. The meeting is free and open to the public. An RSVP is required to attend the reception following the meeting, which also is free. To RSVP, call 250-2400 or visit buffalourbanleague.org.