Minneapolis Urban League

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The Minneapolis Urban League is a private, nonprofit human service and advocacy organization established in 1925 to serve the interests and concerns of low- and moderate-income African Americans in Minneapolis. It is an affiliate (chapter) of the National Urban League, a New York City-based group organized in 1911 with affiliates in cities throughout the United States.

The organization's mission is to enable African Americans and other minorities to cultivate and exercise their full human potential on a par with all other Americans. It has long been active in North, Central, and South Minneapolis neighborhoods, operating programs focused on education, health, employment, juvenile delinquency, housing and urban affairs, economic development, community organization, law and consumer affairs, social welfare, and citizenship education. It also acts as a clearinghouse for ideas and information.

The Minneapolis Urban League is funded by government grants and contracts, the United Way, foundation and corporate grants, and private contributions. The League offers a variety of services to enable individuals and families to become self-sustaining. It operates fourteen major programs geared to children, youth, adults, and senior citizens. These programs operate in four divisions: academic education, economic development, client services, and health education. Responsibility for governance, policy development, and financial oversight of the League is vested in a board of directors composed of individuals from the Minneapolis community. A president/chief executive officer (formerly "executive director") manages the organization and reports to the board. Executive directors of the Minneapolis Urban League have been: Abraham L. Harris (1925-1926); C. W. Washington (1937-1942); James Wardlaw (1943-1951); Shelton Granger (1951-1958); Robert Williams (1958-1967); Gleason Glover (1967-1991); Gary Sudduth (1992-1997); Laura Scott-Williams (interim; 1997-1998); and Clarence Hightower ("President and Chief Executive Officer," 1998- ). From 1926 to 1937 the Minneapolis and St. Paul urban leagues merged to form the Twin Cities Urban League.

From the guide to the Organizational records., 1932-2004 (bulk 1967-2001)., (Minnesota Historical Society)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Minneapolis Urban League. Organizational records, 1932-2004 (bulk 1967-2001). Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Paige, Mabeth Hurd, 1870-1961. Mabeth Hurd Paige papers, [undated] and 1943-1958. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Granger, Shelton B., 1921-. Shelton B. Granger papers, 1947-1972. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Organizational records., 1932-2004 (bulk 1967-2001). Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Greater Minneapolis Interfaith Fair Housing Program. Program records, 1946-1989 (bulk 1959-1965). Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Pamphlets relating to African Americans in Minnesota, 1929- Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Waite, Edward F. (Edward Foote), 1860-1958. Edward F. Waite papers, 1764-1958. Minnesota Historical Society Library
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Relation Name
associatedWith Clarke, Dexter A. person
associatedWith Clarke, Dexter A. person
associatedWith Darby, Ann E. person
associatedWith Darby, Ann E. person
associatedWith Edwards, Ronald A. 1939- person
associatedWith Edwards, Ronald A. (Ronald Alfred), 1939- person
associatedWith Glover, Gleason. person
associatedWith Glover, Gleason. person
associatedWith Granger, Shelton B., 1921-. person
associatedWith Greater Minneapolis Interfaith Fair Housing Program. corporateBody
associatedWith Harris, Abraham Lincoln, 1899-1963. person
associatedWith Harris, Abram Lincoln, 1899-1963 person
associatedWith Hightower, Clarence. corporateBody
associatedWith Hightower, Clarence. person
associatedWith Iota Phi Lambda Sorority. Gamma Tau Chapter (Minneapolis, Minn.). corporateBody
associatedWith McCannel, Louise Walker, 1915- person
associatedWith Minneapolis Model City Program (Minneapolis, Minn.). corporateBody
associatedWith Minneapolis Public Schools. corporateBody
associatedWith Minneapolis Urban League Guild. corporateBody
associatedWith Minneapolis Urban League. Street Academy (Minneapolis, Minn.). corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota Negro Defense Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith National Urban League. corporateBody
associatedWith Paige, Mabeth Hurd, 1870-1961. person
associatedWith Price, Perry S. person
associatedWith Price, Perry S. person
associatedWith Sudduth, Gary person
associatedWith Sudduth, Gary (Gary Neil). person
associatedWith United Black Front (Minneapolis, Minn.). corporateBody
associatedWith United Way of Minneapolis Area. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Minnesota. Department of Afro-American Studies. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Minnesota. Dept. of Afro-American Studies. corporateBody
associatedWith Waite, Edward F. (Edward Foote), 1860-1958. person
associatedWith Zion Baptist Church (Minneapolis, Minn.). corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Minnesota--Minneapolis
Central Community (Minneapolis, Minn.).
Minneapolis (Minn.)
Near-North Community (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Central Community (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Minneapolis (Minn.)
Near-North Community (Minneapolis, Minn.).
Powderhorn Community (Minneapolis, Minn.).
Powderhorn Community (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Subject
Social service
Social service
Social work with African Americans
Social work with African Americans
Urban schools
Urban schools
Education
Education
African American leadership
African American leadership
African American neighborhoods
African American neighborhoods
African Americans
African Americans
African Americans
African Americans
African Americans
African Americans
Alternative high schools
Alternative schools
Community organization
Community organization
Health education
Health education
High school
High schools
Human services
Human services
Juvenile delinquency
Juvenile delinquency
Minorities
Minorities
Nonprofit organizations
Nonprofit organizations
Poor
Poor
Occupation
Activity

Corporate Body

Active 1943

Active 1958

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