Established in 1925, the Akron Urban League’s greatest achievement during its first 20 years was its leadership in getting blacks introduced into the rubber industries and accepted to a greater degree as citizens in the Akron community.
In May 1950, a new $500,000 building was completed after five years of planning and fundraising. Many outstanding businesses, labor and civic leaders cooperated in this successful project. This accomplishment was repeated in 2007 with the construction of its new facility located on Vernon Odom Boulevard, again following a successful five-year capital campaign. The current building is handicapped accessible, and includes computer labs, class and meeting rooms, office space, a banquet hall and day-care facility.
Throughout its history, the Akron Urban League has remained a solid foundation in the Akron community. It has continued to serve thousands of people each year by providing programs and services that emphasize education, job training, and entrepreneurship - the paths to self-sufficiency. It remains one of over 100 affiliates of the National Urban League, and continues to be a driving force behind the employment of African Americans and other minorities in the community.
The Akron Urban League offers each person who walks through the door the keys to the American Economic Ladder—
EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT & ENTREPRENEURSHIP.