Our History

Throughout its years of service to the greater Calhoun County area, the Urban League of Battle Creek (ULBC) has enjoyed generous community support, dedicated leadership and the commitment of staff and volunteers.
With its proud history, the Urban League of Battle Creek has built a bridge between races and has sought to emphasize the greater reliance on the unique resources and strengths of the African-American community to find solutions to its own problems.
The idea of an Urban League in Battle Creek began when Roy Norris, a field representative for the National Urban League visited the city in 1953 to consult on race related aspects of the impact of the defense emergency in Battle Creek.
In 1962, under the guidance of Ms. Evelyn Golden, the Employment Committee of the Council on Human Relations initiated an interest in forming an Urban League. By November of 1963, Evelyn Golden had been appointed chairperson of the Urban League Study Committee. After the Urban League was started in 1966, Mrs. Golden served as the first president of the Board. The Board of Directors held its first meeting on March 28, 1966. On May 17, the League was formally accepted by the National Urban League as an affiliate.
Since that time the Urban League of Battle Creek has made great strides in assisting African-Americans and disadvantaged others in the achievement of social and economic equality through advocacy, program services and building bridges of racial understanding.
Each year more that 100 Urban League Affiliates serve more than two million African-Americans and others in need. Urban League affiliates operate programs in education, job training and placement, housing business development, crime prevention, health programs and many other important program categories.