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A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.
David Brinkley

Ruth Standish Baldwin & George Edmund Haynes

Co-founders: National Urban League

“Let us work not as colored people nor as white people for the narrow benefit of any group alone, but together, as American citizens, for the common good of our common city, our common country.” –- Ruth Standish Baldwin

A graduate of Smith College, Ruth Standish Baldwin and her husband, William Henry Baldwin, Jr., were deeply concerned about the health and welfare of the African-American migrants.  In 1896, Mr. Baldwin helped form the Committee for Improving the Industrial Conditions of Negroes in New York. Mrs. Baldwin was active in the National League for the Protection of Colored Women. When William Baldwin died in 1905, Ruth Standish Baldwin committed herself to continuing their work.

George Edmund Haynes’ father was a laborer, and his mother was a domestic servant with great ambitions for her son. He received his bachelor’s degree from Fisk University, a master’s degree from Yale, and was the first Negro to receive a PhD. degree from Columbia University.

Together, George Edmund Haynes and Ruth Standish Baldwin founded the Committee on Urban Conditions among Negroes (CUAN).  Within a year, three organizations merged to form the National League on Urban Conditions among Negroes (NLUCAN). George Edmund Haynes became the Executive Director.  In 1920, the name of the organization was shortened to the National Urban League.

For more than 100 years, the National Urban League has been part of the monumental changes that have taken place in the African-American community. In 1901, Booker T. Washington was the first African American to dine at the White House. Now Barack Obama, the first African American President, lives in the White House. While much remains to be done, we have come a long way.  From the migrant group of former slaves have come university professors, union leaders, football players, Olympic gold medalists, rock and rollers, Congressmen and women, opera stars, Academy Award winners, Astronauts, and Nobel Prize winners.


To learn more about their inspirational lives and work, The National Urban League: 100 Years of Empowering Communities can be purchased as an e-book for the modest price of $4.99. Search for it by name or under the heading “Mobilizing the Human Spirit” at the following book sellers: Apple iBookstore (for iPad), Amazon (for Kindle,), Barnes & Noble (for Nook) and many other e-book retailers