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, Politic365.com 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.