The National Council of Urban League Guilds is comprised of volunteer auxiliaries to local affiliates of the National Urban League. The Urban League Guild was started in New York City in 1942 by Mrs. Mollie Moon to raise funds to support the efforts of the National Urban League. In its seventy year history the Guild has become an integral part of the Urban League Movement. Guild members are considered to be the heart and soul of the Urban League Movement as they fundraise for their local affiliates and contribute thousands of volunteer hours annually.
Locally, the Urban League of Greater Atlanta Guild was organized by Grace Townes Hamilton. A former “Executive Director of the Atlanta Urban League affiliate, Townes held the first official Guild meeting on Sunday, October 16, 1949 at the historic Royal Peacock on Auburn Avenue. This original meeting was attended by more than sixty (60) professional, political and civic leaders. Townes known for her tireless civic work to expand political and economic parity for blacks in the city and country was the first African-American woman elected to the Georgia General Assembly.
The ULGA Guild was organized as an auxiliary to assist with the programs of the League. The Guild continues to support the League financially through its fundraising events; community service projects, as well as other programs as defined by the affiliate.
Our membership includes individuals who are concerned about our community and want to make a positive impact in lives of others. We invite you to become a member of the ULGA Guild. As a member of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta you will:
Network and connect with individuals of all walks of life
Improve your leadership skills
Participate in local, regional and national meetings and events
Opportunity to share your talents and skills locally
Engage in local political and civic activities
Be a part of an organization that is making a difference in the lives of others in our community
Noteworthy, the ULGA Guild currently has several members who have served on the National Council of Urban League Guilds. They include: A National President, two National Treasurers, and a Southern Regional Coordinator. All have served in the Guild more than twenty-five (25) years and are members of the distinguished Quarter Century Club.
Have a look at the following presentation for Guild orientation.