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The Urban League
Since 1924, we have been helping disadvantaged Marylanders gain access to equal opportunity in employment, education, health care, housing and the civic arena. We encourage you to join the GBUL and take advantage of the many opportunities available to improve the quality of life for you and your community.
Now under the leadership of J. Howard Henderson, the Greater Baltimore Urban League continues to focus on the needs of the African American community. In the last several years we have led youth development programs such as the Freedom Readers program for middle school students, and our Saturday Leadership Program. The work of the League would not be as successful without the assistance of its two auxiliaries, the Urban League Guild and the Young Professionals.
The GBUL continues to advocate for the community through various initiatives; the leadership of the League serves on boards, commissions, task forces and provides testimony in support of the Baltimore community. Some of the issue areas regarding this advocacy include transportation, healthcare, housing, education, economic development, and violent crime. The League is a beacon of hope for those who are most in need.
The Greater Baltimore Urban League, Inc. (GBUL) is one of the local affiliates of the National Urban League – a nonprofit, nonpartisan, multi-ethnic, social service organization. Through direct service delivery, advocacy, referrals, community capacity building, information dissemination and technical assistance, the League accomplishes its mission to improve social and economic conditions and opportunities for African-Americans and other people who face barriers to full participation in American society.
The Greater Baltimore Urban League Guild is the volunteer auxiliary to the Greater Baltimore Urban League. Guild members donate their time to deliver services that extend public understanding and support of the National Urban League and its programs. Guilders participate in fundraising; and help to develop the leadership skills of ordinary individuals and engage them in local community issues. Typical Guild activities include serving as staff for major Urban League fundraising events, such as the annual Equal Opportunity Awards Day Dinner and Annual Conference, working as mentors and tutors, and assisting with projects as needed by local Urban League affiliates.
Guilders range in age from 40 to 95 and are active in more than 85 chapters in Urban League communities across the nation.
Considered the heart and soul of the Urban League movement, Guilders contribute thousands of volunteer hours annually and play a pivotal role in connecting the Urban League to communities.
For more information on joining the Guild, please contact the Greater Baltimore Urban League at
Greater Baltimore Leadership Association (GBLA)
Under the tutelage of J. Howard Henderson, the Greater Baltimore Urban League (GBLA) was launched on February 15, 2002. The organization caters to 21 to 40 year olds. The GBLA, The Young Professionals’ Auxiliary of the Greater Baltimore Urban League, was created to support the objectives of the Urban Leagues as it endeavors to improve the quality of life for African-Americans and other minorities through political involvement, financial literacy, social activism, education and professional development. To facilitate the above objectives the GBLA has adopted a three-pronged approach to improved the quality of life for those within Baltimore City and it’s surrounding counties. This approach is comprised of, real world education, financial empowerment, and political activism.