NUL Celebrates Founders Day; Policy Director Talks Future Vision

NUL Celebrates Founders Day; Policy Director Talks Future Vision


One hundred years ago today, the National Urban League was founded by George Edmund Haynes and Ruth Standish Baldwin for the purpose of creating new avenues of economic empowerment and leadership among American communities of color.

“It’s been a remarkable century for the Urban League Movement,” said Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League. “We’ve made great strides, opened many doors and turned a climate of fear into a climate of hope. But more work remains to be done, and we are guided by the spirit of determination and dedication that moved our founders.”

In honor of this momentous occasion, Marc Morial, alongside Marvin Odum, President of Shell Oil Company, will sponsor the National Urban League Founders’ Day Reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Le Parker Meridien Hotel, 119 W. 56th St. in New York. Actress and comedienne Phyllis Yvonne Stickney is the mistress of ceremonies, and entertainment will be provided by jazz flutist Sherry Winston.

Leading up to NUL’s Founders Day Celebration, had a unique opportunity to sit down the Chanelle Hardy, Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the organization’s Policy Institute.  She shared with us her vision for the organization’s future; laid out some of their top priorities – of which broadband adoption and clean energy proliferation figured high on the list; and described for us the exciting work NUL is doing with their I AM EMPOWERED campaign.

Chanelle Hardy Interview from blackweb20 on Vimeo.


  1. Thanks for sharing Krystal, great read. I recently became a member of my local Urban League. Though I've long been aware of the UL, this is the first time I invested in membership for my company. This is also the first I've heard of this campaign, I must investigate the local participation (thx for the homework!?! 🙂 Glad to be here; just found your site, love it! #Gr8Job

    • So very glad you enjoy homework! On a serious note, I think the I AM Empowered campaign provides a great template for the ways in which enterprising associations of people can empower others, particularly with respect to issues like economic development, education and healthcare. Looking forward to hearing about the ways you get involved at the local level!