Who We Are

The Urban League of Portland, founded in 1945, helps empower African Americans and other Oregonians to achieve equality in education, employment, and economic security.  We are a non-profit, community-based organization headquartered in North Portland and an affiliate of the National Urban League.

Our mission is to enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power, and civil rights.

Founded in 1910, the National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically under-served urban communities.  The Urban League movement carries out its mission at the local, state and national levels through direct services, advocacy, research, policy analysis, community education and mobilization, coalitions and collaborations, and communications. Click here to download a report about the first fifty years of the Urban League of Portland. 

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