The Movement

The National Urban League (NUL)

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 more than 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.

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The Greater Baltimore Urban League (GBUL)

The Greater Baltimore Urban League – Since 1924, we have been helping disadvantaged Marylanders gain access to equal opportunity in employment, education, health care, housing and the civic arena. We encourage you to join the GBUL and take advantage of the many opportunities available to improve the quality of life for you and your community.

The Greater Baltimore Urban League, Inc. (GBUL) is one of the local affiliates of the National Urban League – a nonprofit, nonpartisan, multi-ethnic, social service organization. Through direct service delivery, advocacy, referrals, community capacity building, information dissemination and technical assistance, the League accomplishes its mission to improve social and economic conditions and opportunities for African-Americans and other people who face barriers to full participation in American society.

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The National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP)

The National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP) is a National Urban League volunteer auxiliary that targets yoru professionals ages 21-40 to empower their communities and change lives through the Urban League Movement.  Our mission is to suppoer the Urban League Movement through our volunteerism, philanthropy, and membership development.

NULYP trains, develops, and educates young professionals to take leadership roles within the National Urban League, the civil rights movement and society-at-large.  Members of NULYP are defining, developing, implementing and leading the next generation of civil rights agenda.  NULYP does this by providing an effective forum through which young professionals can support the mission of the Urban League through one of its more than 100 affiliates in 35 states and the District of Columbia.  NULYP also works to strengthen our members by encouraging them to achieve balance in their lives even as they work to strengthen their communities.  To this end, NULYP strives to develop progreams that encourage individual members’ personal and professional development.

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The Guild

The Greater Baltimore Urban League Guild is the volunteer auxiliary to the Greater Baltimore Urban League. Guild members donate their time to deliver services that extend public understanding and support of the National Urban League and its programs. Guilders participate in fundraising; and help to develop the leadership skills of ordinary individuals and engage them in local community issues. Typical Guild activities include serving as staff for major Urban League fundraising events, such as the annual Equal Opportunity Awards Day Dinner and Annual Conference, working as mentors and tutors, and assisting with projects as needed by local Urban League affiliates.

Guilders range in age from 40 to 95 and are active in more than 85 chapters in Urban League communities across the nation. The first Guild was started in New York City in 1942 by Mrs. Mollie Moon with the mission to “Enhance and improve relations with the community and general public; develop and implement community programs and fundraising activities on behalf of the Urban League affiliate.”

Considered the heart and soul of the Urban League movement, Guilders contribute thousands of volunteer hours annually and play a pivotal role in connecting the Urban League to communities.

For more information on joining the Guild, please contact the Greater Baltimore Urban League at (410) 523-8150 or email

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