About Us

Our Movement

The Urban League movement was founded in 1910. The National Urban League headquartered in New York City, spearheads our nonprofit, nonpartisan, community-based movement. The heart of the Urban League movement is our professionally staffed Urban League affiliates. As the 115th affiliate the MWUL embraces and pursues the National Urban League’s 5 Point Empowerment Agenda:

  • Education and Youth Empowerment: Ensuring that all children are well educated and prepared for economic self-reliance in the 21st century by eliminating the achievement gap between minorities and increasing the graduation rate among African-Americans and Hispanics.
  • Economic Empowerment: Empowering all people in attaining economic self-sufficiency through job training, business development, growth in quality jobs, home-ownership, entrepreneurship, and wealth accumulation.
  • Health and Quality of Life Empowerment: Working to build healthy and safe communities to eliminate health disparities through prevention, healthy eating, fitness, as well as ensuring complete access to affordable healthcare for all people.
  • Civic Engagement and Leadership Empowerment: Empowering all people to take an active role in determining the direction, quality of life, public policy and leadership in their communities by full participation as citizens and voters, as well as through active community service and leadership development.
  • Civil Rights and Racial Justice Empowerment: Promoting and ensuring our civil rights by actively working to eradicate all barriers to equal participation in all aspects of American society, whether political, economic, social, educational or cultural.

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