We are your Urban League of Portland

Empowering Black communities in Oregon and Southwest since 1945

Urban League of Portland is one of Oregon’s oldest civil rights and social service organizations, empowering African-Americans and others to achieve equality in education, employment, health, economic security and quality of life.

We do this by investing in stable housing; through workforce development; community health; education and well-being; for our youth, adults and seniors. Our culturally specific programs and services, combined with our powerful advocacy and civic engagement, empowers Black communities to thrive across Oregon and SW Washington.

Looking Ahead



"We are excited to charge into the next decade fueled by the energy of our historic accomplishments. Please join us as we inspire economic success for our Black communities into the next decade." 

-Nkenge Harmon Johnson | President and Chief Executive Officer



Empowering Communities. Changing Lives.
Equal Opportunity Day Awards - September 23, 2021

The virtual event will feature commentary from our Gala Chair Michael Lewellen and Urban League of Portland’s President and CEO Nkenge Harmon Johnson. We will also share inspiring stories of resilience in our community as well as spotlight fellow civil rights advocates, social justice champions, and equity leaders.

ulpdx members

We are your source for events that link you to valuable skill building opportunities and equip you with beneficial resources.

Programs & Services

Our culturally specific programs connect Black youth and families, young professionals, adults, and seniors with access to vital resources.


Stay on top of the important conversations we are sharing with our community about our work.

Connecting Black Oregon