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95 Years Milestone

The NYUL - Serving the community since 1919

1919-1929—New York Urban League, founded by group of interracial New Yorkers, provides employment and connection for Blacks migrating from the agricultural and rural South to the industrial urban centers of the North.


1929-1939—New York Urban League provides emergency support for the unemployed during the Great Depression.


1939-1949—New York Urban League sponsors Committee for Interracial Voluntary Hospital, which leads to opportunity for Blacks to receive care and work in to local hospitals.


1949-1959—New York Urban league negotiates with brewing, airline, and baking industries to open their ranks to African-American workers.


1959-1969—New York Urban League creates Street Academies, where 2,000 students complete high school, and the program becomes the model for national replication.


  • First Frederick Douglass Dinner held to support the work of the New York Urban League
  • Whitney M. Young Classic held to provide scholarships and support educational initiatives of the New York Urban League


1969-1979—New York Urban League establishes the Youth Enrichment Services program, which provides a range of support services to court-involved youth, and builds 536 units of housing on Staten Island.


  • State of Black New York publications released on annual basis


1979-1989—New York Urban League establishes the annual Historically Black Colleges Fair, which provides thousands of students and parents with information on the college application process and  a computerized job bank that gives community access to employment.


1989-1999—New York Urban League utilizes federal grants to develop programs that focus on infant mortality, teen pregnancy, and HIV/AIDS. State, local, and community collaborations help strengthen the League as a voice for issues facing New Yorkers in need.


1999-2009—New York Urban League refocuses its mission on the original underpinnings of employment and education. Establishes Champions of Diversity Breakfast to honor corporations with exemplary diversity practices.


2009-2013—New York Urban League publishes “A Parent’s Guide to College.” This guide is made possible through the support of the Daily News, US News & World Report, the New York City Department of Education, and City University of New York. The guide is designed for parents of students who are the first generation in their family to attend college. The guide examines all facets of college preparation, from entering 9th grade through the critical senior year of high school, as well as examining local options of the CUNY and SUNY system.