Knoxville Area Urban League receives $1.5 million from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott

Knoxville Area Urban League receives $1.5 million from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott to sustain empowerment programming and advocacy Today, the Knoxville Area Urban League announced a transformational gift that will allow the organization to dramatically expand and enhance the reach of its empowerment programs. Philanthropist and author MacKenzie Scott donated $1.5 million, the largest single contribution in the affiliate’s history. “We … Read More

Knoxville Area Urban League to hire 20 community health navigators with national funding to bolster vaccination rates

The Knoxville Area Urban League will be able to hire 20 community health navigators after being awarded funding with five other National Urban League affiliates to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates among the hardest-hit and highest-risk communities. Other affiliates that received funds are in Houston, Texas; Jackson, Mississippi; Kansas City, Missouri; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and St. Louis, Missouri. The Knoxville affiliate, … Read More

Southern Voices: A Reflection of America

Southern Voices: A Reflection of America is a narrative project that aims to understand and shed light on people’s perceptions and beliefs on living in the South during a time of change. Visit this playlist to listen and learn from 10 member of our community and learn how we are working to achieve racial equity.  Funding for this Listen and … Read More

A 2021 Resume, the True  Story!

2021 has presented us with many challenges but as we slowly recover many are looking for work or changing careers.  One of the things most must focus on is their resume if they want to be considered for an interview.  A resume can be an important tool or  it can be just another piece of paper.  Here are some helpful … Read More

National Recognition for NextLevel Program!

The National Urban  League recently recognized the work of the Knoxville Area Urban League along with partner organizations; Tennessee Valley Authority, Interise and Tennessee Urban League Affiliates on the Next Level small  business development initiative. To  see the full article click here!  If you are ready to take your small business to the next level go to this link for … Read More

Company Match Making/Teaming Opportunity!

The Knoxville Area Urban League is partnering with GEM Community Development Group in hosting a networking event  to connect companies interested in working on the Multi-Stadium and Private Mixed-Use Project. This match-making event will provide detailed information on the Multi-Stadium and Private Mixed-Use Project to interested minority DBE firms, contractors, subcontractors, vendors, and supply chain businesses. Participants will meet the … Read More

Phyllis Y. Nichols, CEO and the Equity and Excellence Project

Launched in 2010 THE NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE’S EQUITY AND EXCELLENCE PROJECT (EEP) supports local, state, and national advocacy, engagement, and education reform efforts by leveraging our greatest asset—the Urban League Affiliate Network and the presidents and chief executive officers who lead it—and by aligning with local, state, and national partners. Please view this video to learn about the Knoxville Area … Read More

2021 Shoes for School – Just Around the Corner

It’s hard to believe but school will be starting soon and now more than ever the younger members of our community need our help! Shoes for School is an annual community event and 2021 marks our 19th year to provide new shoes and school supplies to children who are most in need. Many of these kids have never owned a … Read More

2021 NAS Graduate Chinaya Mason is Doing Great Things Already!

Please review the information below and register to watch this amazing conversation! We’re so excited that our very own Chinaya Mason, NAS Class of 2021, graduate of Austin East High School and future student at Spelman College, will be featured in this student-led interview of US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. Happening tomorrow evening, June 24th at 7pm! Register here! … Read More

4th Purpose Reentry Simulation – An Eye-opening Perspective

When I received the 4th Purpose invitation to a Reentry Simulation for Justice Involved Individuals my first impression was how will this be of benefit to the Knoxville Area Urban League Workforce RISE Reentry Program? I was about to find out and once the simulation began, I became immediately overwhelmed by the many barriers and hurdles a felon faces reentering … Read More