Dear Friends,

In the wake of Dr. King’s speech, his dream has still not been realized for a significant number of Americans in the 21st century. The current challenge before us is to create a new Civil Rights Movement. This movement was born of the vision, leadership and tenacity of the men and women who made the incredible sacrifices a generation ago and has evolved to also capture the pressing social and economic issues of today. The goal, however, remains the same and it is to ensure that present and future generations of people, families and communities, from every racial group and background, will have equal access to the promise of a good life, liberty and economic opportunity. If 1963 was about Jobs and Freedom, 2013 and beyond must be expanded to include Economic Empowerment, Advocacy and Justice. This work began more than half a century ago yet remains unfinished. 

As the Urban League of Southern Connecticut prepares to celebrate 45 years of service, it came into existence in an interventionist mode after the 1968 riots. Since its inception in 1969, it has remained steadfast and ever mindful of its mission to empower communities and change lives for the better. It has weathered many storms to provide valuable and relevant programs to the diverse populations that it serves. However, without the support of its corporate partners, these accomplishments would not have been possible.

While we delight in the improved quality of living that more people, families and communities experience, we also remain deeply concerned about and committed to serving those who do not have access to safe communities, a good education, jobs that pay living wages, proper health care, advocacy and achieving the American Dream. We continue to address the most pressing academic, economic and job readiness challenges affecting individuals and families across southern Connecticut. We offer cutting edge programs and services to continue advocacy for the voiceless to ensure that the work we started nearly 45 years ago remains available to those who need these services. 

 “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige, and even his life for the welfare of others.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

I am asking for your full participation and support. We must continue to serve and empower those who are among the most vulnerable yet have so much untapped potential. Please join the Urban League today as we foster communities that make a difference. Take a stand with us and help us realize Dr. King’s dream!

Yours in the Movement,


Valarie Shultz-Wilson
President & CEO