WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Tim Scott (R-SC), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), introduced a resolution congratulating the National Urban League on 110 years of service.
The National Urban League is the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the U.S. and was founded in 1910 by Ruth Standish Baldwin and Dr. George Edmund Hayes as a multiracial, diverse, and grassroots campaign. Based in New York City, it was created to empower and advance the education, voting, health, housing, economic, and civil rights of African Americans and other historically underserved communities throughout the United States.
Since its founding, the National Urban League has been active in the civil rights movement and has worked closely with A. Phillip Randolph, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and many other leaders. Since the 1960s, the National Urban League has worked with the federal government to address race relations, provide assistance to minority-owned businesses, deliver aid to urban areas, and improve housing, education, and healthcare– and continues to advocate for these policies today.
“For the past 110 years, the National Urban League has been a champion for the Black community and other underserved communities in the United States,” said Senator Booker. “Whether through the provision of services like education, healthcare and housing, contributions to research and journalism, and efforts in the fight for civil rights, the National Urban League’s impact cannot be overstated. I thank the National Urban League for their great work on behalf of so many, and for playing an integral role in helping us meet the challenges we face today, just as they have done for over a century.”
“The National Urban League has worked to empower African-Americans and other underserved communities for 110 years, and I’m proud to coauthor this resolution honoring their work,” said Senator Scott. “I will continue working with the National Urban League, as well as their affiliates in South Carolina and across the nation, to find solutions to pressing issues such as economic opportunity and job creation in urban communities.”
“The National Urban League has been on the frontlines for years, uplifting Black communities through activism and fighting for racial justice,” said Senator Brown. “The Ohio Urban League chapters have a proud history and strong presence throughout the state. As we celebrate 110 years of the National Urban Leagues’ service, this milestone should remind us all of the dedication and commitment it will take to transform our communities and prepare the next generation of leaders.”
During this uniquely challenging and historic moment of racial reckoning, it’s incredibly meaningful to have the Senate acknowledge the legacy and impact of the National Urban League,” said Marc H. Morial, National Urban League President and CEO. “I thank Senators Booker, Brown, Scott and Graham for the honor.”
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