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Our Work


Our mission is to enable African Americans and other persons of color to achieve their fullest potential.

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Our Mission
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Our collective vision as the leading champion of empowerment and opportunity for African Americans and people of color is to cultivate a society;


  • where all people are valued members of the community; 

  • where families can adequately support themselves;

  • where our youth can realize increased access to higher education and financial resources;

  • where our seniors are respected and valued for their knowledge and wisdom;

  • where citizens can live in neighborhoods that are vibrant and thriving; and share in the region's prosperity and well-being.


The Urban League of Detroit & Southeastern Michigan is committed to being a provider of choice for our clients, an employer of choice for our co-workers, and the investment of choice for our stakeholders and philanthropic entities.

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We value Integrity, Equity and Justice, Innovation, Empowerment, Impact, Excellence and Collaboration

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The Detroit Urban League (DUL), also known as the Urban League of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan (ULDSEM), is a non-profit 501c3 organization that is one of 90 affiliates of the National Urban League.  Since 1916, the DUL has provided critical services to disadvantaged citizens, organized the unorganized, and has established and promoted leadership of service to the greater Detroit community. The DUL has a broad-based Board of Directors representing corporate, financial, and service industries, as well as representatives from government, labor , and educational institutions. The DUL utilizes a three-pronged approach to program delivery, focusing on research, service , and advocacy. While employing multiple service strategies that are tailored to local needs. Our strategies include:  

  • Education and Youth Empowerment: Ensuring that our children are well educated and prepared for economic self-reliance in the 21st century through college scholarships, and early childhood literacy 

  • Economic Empowerment: Empowering individuals in attaining economic self-sufficiency through job training, home ownership, entrepreneurship, and wealth accumulation. 

  • Health and Quality of Life Empowerment: Working to build healthy and safe communities to eliminate health disparities through prevention, healthy eating, fitness, as well as ensuring complete access to affordable healthcare for all people. 

  • Civic Engagement and Leadership Empowerment: Empowering clients to take an active role in determining public policy and leadership in the community by participation as citizens and voters, through active community service and leadership development. 

  • Civil Rights and Racial Justice Empowerment: Promoting and ensuring our civil rights by actively working to eradicate all barriers to equal participation in all aspects of American society, whether political, economic, social, educational, or cultural. 

The DUL operates out of two facilities including Albert Kahn's historic residence located at 208 Mack Avenue and our Family Development Center located at 15770 James Couzens Freeway in Detroit. 

DUL Discrimination Statement: 


The Urban League of Detroit & Southeastern Michigan does not and shall not discriminate based on race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its program activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring, and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of program services to the clients we serve. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. 

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