This year marks the centennial of the New York Urban League, a local affiliate of the National Urban League, whose mission is to enable African Americans and other underserved ethnic communities to secure a first-class education, economic self-reliance, and equal respect of their civil rights through programs, services, and advocacy. Among the objects on display in this special installation are a school desk from DeWitt Clinton High School and images depicting the NYUL Football Classic and the Whitney M. Young Scholars. Through events like the Football Classic, the Annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities Fair, and the Young Men’s and Women’s Empowerment Days, NYUL has helped challenge New Yorkers find humanity, connect and help each other, and gain access to equal opportunity.
Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Seymour Neuman Endowed Fund, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.