The Urban League of Portland was established in 1945 as an affiliate of the National Urban League. It is a non-profit, community-based organization whose mission has been to "enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity and power, and civil rights". The League has emphasized educational opportunity for African Americans and other youth, advocated for fair housing laws, and offered employment assistance.
Board Member of the Urban League, Faye LyDay, was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She came to Portland in 1948 and studied at Portland State College with an interest in nursing. In addition to being a single mom and activist, LyDay worked for the Model Cities Program and later as a personnel analyst for the City of Portland. She died in 2001.
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