Brown v. Board: Is our nation’s education system equal?

A word from Phyllis Nichols, Knoxville Area Urban League President and CEO I recently attended a conference in Washington, DC aimed at reversing the dropout crisis and closing the achievement gap in minority communities. People from throughout the country were there – Hispanic, African American, Asian, Pacific Islanders and Native American. It was an amazing and informative conference that invigorated … Read More

Got Shoes?

A word from Phyllis Nichols, Knoxville Area Urban League President and CEO For most of us, we’ve never had to think about having decent shoes or school supplies. No big deal. They were simply there. But for kids who don’t have them, it’s a big deal! Last week, I talked about my love of reading and how important it is … Read More

In the words of Dr. Seuss, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.”

A word from Phyllis Nichols, Knoxville Area Urban League President and CEO Growing up, my favorite thing to do was read. In fact, when I hadn’t cleaned my room or done other chores around the house, my mother would spur me into action by saying, “You can’t read until you’ve…” You can fill in the blank. I was more than … Read More

Non-profits: How do they “profit” our community?

A word from Phyllis Nichols, Knoxville Area Urban League President and CEO Here in the Volunteer State, we’re known for our willingness to step up and help those in need. The longstanding success of the United Way of Greater Knoxville’s annual fundraising campaign and the solid individual and corporate support of our many area non-profits stand as testament to our … Read More

All Things Being Equal

Welcome to “All Things Being Equal,” our new blog. Why a blog? It’s simple, really. As President and Chief Executive Officer of the Knoxville Area Urban League, I meet and engage with many people in this community, in our state, and across the country. I often hear, “I’ve heard of the Urban League, but I’m not sure what you do.” … Read More