Message From Our President

Message From Our President

YOUR URBAN LEAGUE (HI)STORY

  • by HAUL
  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018




Just last month we celebrated Black History Month across the country. I got a chance to participate and experience several memorable celebrations geared to remind us of those that sacrificed to afford us the privileges we have today. Many dramatic events occurred that became what we have come to know as part of our history, good or bad, they are still significant events that caused us to respond and chart an action that created American history. Civil Rights for many of us date back to the mid 1940’s but the civil rights movement of the 1960’s is what really shaped the country we live in today. There were pivotal highs and lows during this period that causes us to pause and reflect on the progress we've made as a country and the struggles that still lie ahead. In April 1968, Martin Luther King was assassinated and the efforts from President Harry Truman issuing the Executive Order to end discrimination in the Armed Services in 1948 to President Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (also known as the Fair Housing Act) was initiated by the struggle and sacrifice of others. Not purely great wisdom and a willingness to do what’s right by our Presidents of the time, but instead due to pressure and effective participation in the American system of democracy.
 
In recent times we now see more women running for office, more parents concerned with inferior education,  students protesting antiquated gun laws, and ccommunities from across the political spectrum have become passionate and involved in shaping the future they want to live in. We must all, each and every one of us, do what we can individually and collectively to create the environment we want to live in. We must become informed, get the necessary education, and learn the ways of peaceful yet effective protest, resistance, and civic participation. We must be willing to be on the front lines of change and willing to make the sacrifice that so many others have made before us. The fastest way, without challenge, without resistance, and without justification is to exercise our right to vote. Every opportunity to elect someone who represents your interest is something we cannot pass up. I trust you did your part. We should not be having discussions today about equity in education. We should not be experiencing gun violence in our schools and neighborhoods, or safe and affordable housing or jobs that will support us and our families, yet here we are. Are we being active enough?

One of the responses to the civil rights movement of the 1960’s was the formation of the Houston Area Urban League, formed in June of 1968. The Urban League believed then and still believes today that civil rights are achieved when a person has the opportunity to be trained, and get a job. When a person learns the intricacies of home ownership and becomes a homeowner. When a budding entrepreneur has a goal of owning her own business and with the help of the Urban League becomes a success and then begins to build generational wealth and power. Many of us just need a hand up, a pathway to success, or just a little encouragement to create our story, our history that will be our legacy long after we are gone. What’s your story? Are you partnering with us to create your Urban League story? We are all here to do what we can do for the time we have to do it. We are here to help ourselves, our families and hopefully inspire others. Tell us your story and hear the stories of others at whatsyoururbanleaguestory.org to become aware of the history others have made or to share the history you are still making with the help of your Houston Area Urban League. What’s your Story? If you don’t have one, the Urban League is here to help. Join us!

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