Our Mission

To enable African Americans and other disadvantaged persons to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights.

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What We Do

  • Ensure that children are well-educated and equipped for economic self-reliance
  • Help adults attain economic self-sufficiency through jobs, entrepreneurship, and wealth creation
  • Assistance in gaining access to quality affordable healthcare for all
  • Secure civil rights by removing barriers to equal participation in the economic and social mainstream.
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Who We Serve

  • Elementary, middle, and high-school students and their parents or guardians
  • Adults seeking employment or a better career
  • Employers seeking access to a diverse pool of paraprofessional/professional employment candidates.
  • Uninsured and under-insured healthcare consumers.

Board of Directors

  • Michelle Kay, Chair
  • J.P. Larson, Chair Emeritus
  • Art Chaudry, Vice Chair
  • Sam Desue, Vice Chair
  • Leib Dodell, Vice Chair
  • Adam Sachs, Vice Chair
  • Adam Hawley, Treasurer
  • Donna Crosswhite, Secretary

Membership Roster

  • Art Chaudry
    Swope Community Builders/
    Swope Community Enterprises
  • Donna Crosswhite
    Sprint Nextel
    Employment Practices Group
  • Sam Desue
    Kansas City Transportation Authority
  • Leib Dodell
  • Tiffany Hamilton
    University of Missouri – Kansas City
    Division of Student Affairs
  • Adam Hawley
    Waddell & Reed
  • Karen Hornig
    National Insurance Producer Registry
  • Steve Israelite
  • Joe Jacobs
    Kansas City Power & Light
  • Michelle Kay
    Enterprise Holdings
  • J.P. Larson
  • Waring Lester
  • Anita Parran
    KK Charles Communication
  • James Rine
    UMB Bank
  • Adams Sachs
    Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP
  • Perry Watson
  • Fred Wise
    Hallmark Cards, Inc.
  • Michelle J. Word
    Burns & McDonnell

Gwen Grant
President & CEO
Urban League of Greater Kansas City

"It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared."

The late Whitney M. Young, Jr, former executive director of the National Urban League