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The Greater Washington Urban League Headquarters was founded in 1938 as the Washington Chapter of the National Urban League.

From 1956 until 1974, the Washington office was headed by Sterling Tucker, who left following his election to the first elected City Council of the 20th century. The nonprofit membership organization is devoted to civil rights and providing social services.

The National Urban League was founded in 1911 as the National League on Urban Conditions among Negroes. Two of the key founders were Ruth Standish Baldwin, the white widow of a railroad magnate, and George Edmund Haynes. The League's board of directors has been interracial from its inception.

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