National Urban League


The mission of the Urban League movement is to enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights.


The National Urban League (NUL), has played a pivotal role in the 20th-Century Freedom Movement.  This spontaneous grassroots movement for freedom and opportunity was called the Black Migrations. It is the nation’s oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African-Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream. Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, NUL has 95 affiliates serving 300 communities, and 35 states and the District of Columbia. The organization’s leadership has helped shaped national civil policies creating a legacy of Presidents such as Lester Granger and Whitney Young.

On May 15, 2003, the Board of Trustees of the National Urban League voted overwhelmingly to appoint former New Orleans Mayor Marc H. Morial as the League’s eighth President and Chief Executive Officer. Since his appointment to the NUL, Morial has worked to reenergize the movement’s diverse constituencies by building on the strengths of the 100 year old legacy and increasing the organization’s profile both locally and nationally. He introduced and developed a stronger strategic direction of the organization with a “five point empowerment agenda” that focuses on closing the equality gaps which exist for African Americans and other emerging ethnic communities in education, economic empowerment, health and quality of life, civic engagement, and civil rights and racial justice.



  • Education and Youth Empowerment

    Ensures the education of all children by providing access to early childhood literacy, after-care programs and college scholarships.
  • Economic Empowerment:

    Invests in the financial literacy and employability of adults through job training, homeownership and entrepreneurship.
  • Health and Quality of Life Empowerment

    Promotes community wellness through a focus on prevention, including fitness, healthy eating and access to affordable healthcare.
  • Civic Engagement and Leadership Empowerment

    Encourages all people to take an active role to improve quality of life through participation in community service projects and public policy initiatives.
  • Civil Rights and Racial Justice Empowerment

    Guarantees equal participation in all facets of American society through proactive public policies and community-based programs.


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