Knoxville Area Urban League


SAVE THE DATE: Disparities in Educational Outcomes Task Force Community Meeting

Maryland Tests Concept Of Public Military School

Superintendent Jim McIntyre and the members of the Disparities in Educational Outcomes (DEO) Task Force invite students, families, educators and community members to participate in a community meeting to discuss and provide input in addressing achievement gaps and differences in discipline in the Knox County Schools that might be related to income, race, language and/or disability.  The community meeting is scheduled for:

When: Tuesday, Dec. 1
Where: Austin-East Magnet High School Performing Arts Center
2800 Martin L. King, Jr. Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37914
Time: 5:30p.m.

The meeting will begin with a general session followed by small group breakout sessions for more in-depth discussion. We are inviting participants to share opinions, triumphs and challenges with regard to their observations and personal experiences with disparities, discipline and education. Light refreshments will be provided. Spanish, Kirundi, and sign language interpreters will be available.

The meeting will be streamed live on and broadcast live on Comcast Cable channel 10.  Two or more Knox County Board of Education members may be present.


The Equal Opportunity Awards!

Thank you to everyone who Celebrated good times with us this year at The Gala, our most significant fundraising event of the year. Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Year, Minority Business, Corporate Leadership and Whitney M. Young Jr. Lifetime Achievement award winners! The Gala was a huge success! Mark your calendars for the fourth Thursday in October and don’t miss out on next year!

The Gala provides an excellent opportunity for networking with top area business professionals, and an investment in a corporate table is a good investment for local businesses.

Sponsorship/Fundraising is critical to the Urban League’s ability to provide programs and services to the community.

Congratulations Award Recipients!

Each year, we honor individuals and corporations who support equal rights, economic inclusion and diversity! Congratulations Theotis Robinson, Jr., winner of our most prestigious award, Whitney M. Young Jr. Lifetime Achievement! Click Here to see our Volunteer of the Year, Minority Business, and Corporate Leadership award winners!

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Joseph DiPietro, President of University of Tennessee System; Theotis Robinson, Jr., Whitney M. Young Lifetime Achievement Award recipient; Cavanaugh Mims, President of Visionary Solutions.

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Joseph DiPietro, President of University of Tennessee System; Theotis Robinson, Jr., Whitney M. Young Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award recipient; Cavanaugh Mims, President of Visionary Solutions.


Shoes for School: Another Great Year!

On August 8th  at Ashley Nicole Dream Playground, we were able to provide more than 1200 pairs of new sneakers; and school supplies to more than 2500 area children in need. Providing these basic necessities helps children ages 5-12 feel more comfortable and confident with their peers and ready to start school prepared to learn.

We hope you were there to see the many smiles, fun, and confidence in the children! With your support, we will continue to help start the school year off “on the right foot”.  It’s not just about the shoes! Thank you to all volunteers, sponsors, donors and you for your support!

Read article Here!

See how those who benefit from the event are impacted!

 National Achievers All Year Long!

(NAS) was established to identify and motivate academically achieving minority high school students and increase the pool of students who are prepared, motivated and qualified for higher education. NAS is open to African-American youth and other youth of color in grades 10-12 with a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average. The video below gives a recap of a great year with the National Achievers Society!
The National Achievers Society accepts applications for membership in the spring of each year. Check with your high school guidance counselor about how you too can be a part of our NAS program!

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Hold on to your Home!

Problems paying your mortgage? We can help!

If you are having problems paying your mortgage, foresee problems making payments in the future, or are already at risk of losing your home to foreclosure, the time to act is now. Take the first step to improve your situation. Call the Urban League at 865-524-5511 and complete the Housing Client Document Package. Our trained and certified counselors are ready to work with you.  There’s no cost to you, and all services are completely confidential. Call the Urban League today!

Mortgage Assistance. For homeowners who are behind on their mortgage due to unemployment or substantial underemployment, we help with applications for assistance. Applicants meeting certain criteria may receive mortgage assistance in an amount up to $40,000 over 36 months at no charge. For more information,  call the Urban League (865-524-5511).

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