It was initially known as the National League on Urban Conditions Among Negroes when it was founded on April 23, 1913. It became one of the most important civil rights organizations in the country. The National Urban League, based in New York City, advocated on behalf of Black Americans and is committed to fighting against racial discrimination. The organization took its present name in 1920 and, over the years, had in its leadership some of the most renowned civil rights leaders of the century that followed. Its leaders included Lester Granger and Whitney Young. In more recent years, the organization has been led by Hugh Price and Marc Morial. The National Urban League has undertaken a number of initiatives, such as working to curb gun violence. There are currently more than 100 local affiliates of the National Urban League in 35 states and the District of Columbia.
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