HISTORY OF THE BIRMINGHAM URBAN LEAGUE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS
Established in 1910, The National Urban League, which has played so pivotal a role in the 20th-Century Freedom Movement, grew out of that spontaneous grassroots movement for freedom and opportunity that came to be called the Black Migrations. It is the oldest and largest community-based organization of its kind in the nation.
The Birmingham Urban League was established in 1967 at a time of civil unrest with the aim of encouraging, assisting and engaging in activities that would lead toward the improvement of conditions among underprivileged persons and families in metropolitan Birmingham.
The League sought to discover and address unmet needs in education, employment, housing and health care and to develop and implement programs to meet these needs. The organization also sought to promote the improvement of interracial understanding and cooperation and to employ the techniques of effective community organization in the discovery, the correction and prevention of conditions out of which racial tension, poverty and disorder arise.
In 1999 the National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP) was established as several Urban League affiliates recognized the need to prepare the new generation to assume leadership of the civil rights movement. The Birmingham Urban League established the Birmingham Urban League Young Professionals (BULYP) auxiliary in 2005.
The Young Professionals actively support the Urban League by recruiting new members and educating them about the movement; engaging their membership in volunteer activities like youth mentoring and tutorial programs; coordinating fund-raisers; and delivering personal and professional development and networking opportunities to young professionals in the local communities.
The NULYP and the BULYP today are a constantly evolving movement. We stand at the crossroads of change, beneficiaries of centuries of struggle, a generation of young adults who are more privileged than any before our time. Our vision for the future is powerful; our commitment to community is unwavering.
The diversity, breadth and depth of our skills, talents and abilities makes us uniquely qualified to craft a new vision of the civil rights movement for our generation. We are equipped, we are committed, we are passionate. In communities across our nation, members of the Urban League's Young Professionals are Empowering Communities and Changing Lives. Be a part of the change. Join us to create a better future!