in the League’s Centennial campaign is a tangible way to partner with us to support communities striving for justice and equity today and for the next 100 years. Because we know that our communities are stronger and more viable when all people are afforded the opportunity to realize their goals of economic development and sustainability.
Partner With Us As We Plan for the Next 100 Years
Download our Centennial brochure to learn about investment, partnership and sponsorship opportunities for the Los Angeles Urban League Centennial Celebration & Campaign.
is our story. Throughout the past century Los Angeles Urban League has helped hundreds of thousands of Angelenos get their first jobs, build businesses in their communities, and gain the education and resources necessary to improve their quality of life. If The League has impacted your life we would love to hear your story.
– ELIJAH JOBE, BIZCAMP PARTICIPANT
100 Years of Service
Tuskegee Industrial Welfare League
Katherine Barr, Founder,
Los Angeles Urban League, 1921
News clip from Los Angeles Evening
Herald, Saturday, June 18, 1921
Floyd Covington, Executive Director,
Los Angeles Urban League, 1931-1950
Covington (far right) with clerks at Pay ’n Takit, a Los Angeles store whose workforce he helped integrate, 1933.
1950 - 1968
Wesley Brazier served as the Urban League Executive Director from 1950 to 1968. With a focus on workforce training and placement, and discrimination in housing, health, and education. Brazier set the tone for expansion and change for LAUL and the Civil Rights Movement in 1960s Los Angeles.
From left to right: Wesley R. Brazier, executive director; Dr. Leroy R. Weekes, president; James E. Payne, director; George E. Bryant, program chairman.
Wesley Brazier, center, at Los Angeles Western Union Telegraph, 1965
The John Mack Era
John Mack, right, shows President George H. W. Bush around South Los Angeles in the aftermath of the 1992 L.A. Riots.
A champion of police reform throughout his career, John Mack, center, would become President of the Los Angeles Police Commission in 2005 after retiring from LAUL.
Thanks to the support of our corporate and community partners, donors, volunteers and staff, Los Angeles Urban League continues to educate and empower African Americans and other minorities to secure economic self-reliance and civil rights by providing targeted social programs and advocating for issues that benefit our communities.
President and CEO Michael Lawson welcomes students to a new session of Construction Career Academy for students looking to get union jobs in a construction trade.
Los Angeles Urban League signing students up
for college and providing financing and admissions information.
Urban Leaguers in the community at Get Out The Vote events to register voters and share information.