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Historical Timeline

Our History

The Urban League of St. Louis was founded in 1918, during a time of domestic and foreign conflict with the purpose of defusing racial tensions, stabilizing communities, and improving the living conditions for African Americans in St. Louis. To meet this challenge, the Urban League, under the leadership of George W. Buckner, began the serious work of providing community services and solutions to African Americans and others in need.

Although the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis began as a civil rights organization, it has evolved to include Economic Empowerment, Educational Quality and Equality, Meeting Families Basic Needs, Civic Engagement and Social Justice, and Sustainable Quality Services.

Today, the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis provides ladders out of poverty for African Americans and others through partnerships with corporations, community leaders, governmental and civic institutions.





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