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"I think the important message today is that an ordinary person -- a quiet, humble person -- can ignite a movement."


- Marc Morial, President,

National Urban League

About the National Urban League


The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research and advocacy. Today, there are nearly 100 local affiliates in 36 states and the District of Columbia, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than 2 million people nationwide. 

NUL Mission

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

NUL Programs

The National Urban League operates 25 national programs through our affiliate network and awards approximately 25 million dollars annually to local Urban League affiliates. The Programs Department has the primary responsibility of re-granting these funds through an assessment of economic and social factors that impact local Urban League constituents. The Programs Department then designs, tests and implements innovative solutions to address these problems through our affiliate network.  Programs are focused on the following focus areas:

  • Entrepreneurship and Business Development

  • Health and Quality of Life

  • Housing

  • Workforce Development

  • Education and Youth Development

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