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Louisville Urban League Launches "WE" Women Empowered!

Oprah Winfrey summed up the essence of change when she penned these simple words in one of her most popular novels, “step out of the history that is holding you back.  Step into the new story you are willing to create.”


We all have burdens and are all tasked with daily decisions.  These decisions, at times, can feel overwhelming and inhibit our ability to contribute to the changes we want and need in our homes, our families, our community and even ourselves.  But the time for that to end is NOW and that is why I am pleased to announce the launch of W.E. (Women Engaged), a women’s support group sponsored by the Louisville Urban League.


The goal of W.E. is simple:  to collectively address the needs and issues facing urban women through both conversation AND action!  Through facilitated discussion on topics that impact our community W.E. will create and execute a vision for the changes we want to see in the lives of our sisters and our community.  As the woman of wisdom I know you to be, I am asking you to become an active participant in this spirited vision.


The kick-off session and launch of W.E. will be held on Saturday, August 20 from 9:30 a.m.-12 noon at the Louisville Urban League—1535 W. Broadway—mark your calendar now! I am asking that all come to hear the plan and be prepared to share and offer ideas to help move our vision forward. Please RSVP via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Many of our sisters, including us, are in need of various kinds of assistance, and are struggling to create the life they truly want to live.  It is time for you and me to get involved!  Your involvement in W.E. may be the key to another sister’s survival and success.  So join us as WE chart a new course and, collectively, move past all that has held us back and create a new story!  Are you willing to step out of the history that is holding us back and work together to make a difference?  I hope the answer is YES!


Thank you in advance for joining me and the Louisville Urban League in this great work!


Rev. Dianne Lewis Brown

LUL Ambassador for WE

State Farm Donates $10,000 for Financial Empowerment
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State Farm agents from across Louisville joined Louisville Urban League staff to present a gift of $10,000 to support the Louisville Urban League's Financial Empowerment Center. The Louisville Urban League's unique approach to moving individuals and families from financial instability to self-sufficiency and wealth building takes a comprehensive approach. Through our demonstrated success in job readiness and placement, budget and credit counseling and building, homeownership training, and youth development and education programs. The League takes a wholistic approach to helping families establish life plans that will lead to long-term financial stability. We appreciate corporations and individuals like State Farm and the local agents who support our work with philanthropic investment and volunteering their time and talent by coaching our families and guiding them to a lifetime of financial security. Thanks State Farm for being GREAT NEIGHBORS!
Project Ready Students Win National Case Competition


This summer, the youth of the Louisville Urban League Youth Development and Education Program, Project Ready, have been preparing to compete in the National Urban League's Case Competition. Their proposal titled RootED, focused on revitalizing communities by converting abandoned lot space into community gardens. Wednesday July 13, 2016 they competed and earned the First Place title! We are so proud to have such a bright group of young people represent the Louisville Urban League and the city of Louisville.


LUL Launches New Health Initiative: It Starts With Me!
The Louisville Urban League in conjunction with Humana, would like to introduce Louisville to our newest health initiative Targeting the 4 West Louisville Zones of Hope neighborhoods (Russell, California, Parkland, and Shawnee), "It starts with me!" This initiative is our effort to connect health services, activities, and education to those most in need. Over the course of about a year, we will send community health navigators and social workers into these neighborhoods, door-to-door, seeking to serve entire households by:
-          assisting individuals and families in securing health insurance and navigating Medicaid or Medicare;
-          connecting children to safe, quality after-school activities;
-          referring family members to health education and health skills classes at local organizations;
-          educating families and individuals on free and accessible physical activities, such as walking groups; and
-          connecting individuals and families to fresh, healthy, and affordable foods.

We look forward to expanding  on yet another leap toward equity in access to resources and improving the overall quality of life of every person in our community.

A Message from National Urban League President





As the nation grieves the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police in Louisiana and Minnesota, the National Urban League and our local affiliates have called for a thorough investigation of both shootings, and a comprehensive evaluation of police training and policies.


As these killings continue to shock the conscience of Louisianans and the nation, we look forward to the day when hastiness on behalf of police, poor training of police and aggression on behalf of police are behind us. The Urban League Movement has put forth a plan for police reform that includes review and revision of police “use of deadly force” policies, comprehensive retraining of all police officers, the appointment of special prosecutors to investigate police misconduct and widespread use of body cameras and dashboard cameras.

As the shootings and the protests that followed them demonstrate, there still is work to be done to build a more trusting relationship between our communities and those sworn to protect them.  Coordination among local leaders, friends and neighbors and  law enforcement is critically important in these trying times, and our affiliates in New Orleans and Minneapolis, led by Erika McConduit-Diggs and Steven Belton, will be leading the way.


The Urban League movement focuses to build inclusive communities that not only recognize African American humanity, but maximize the individual and collective contributions of all in our society.   As we work to dismantle systems that humiliate, unjustly murder and continuously devalue black lives in America, our faith and works will be with the community as we strive to create sustainable change and improve upon the quality of life in our region and our nation.



Marc H. Morial

President and CEO

National Urban League


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