Who We Are

The Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League (MWUL) is the Delaware chapter of the National Urban League.
The Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League (MWUL) was founded in July 1999 with a mission to empower people of color to achieve economic self-reliance, parity, power, and civil rights. Over the years, the MWUL has worked with/served thousands of people throughout Delaware (i.e. students, parents, policy-makers, government officials, and business/community leaders) with the goal to expand opportunities for all, and to help disadvantaged citizens achieve parity.

Our National Partner

Established in 1910, the National Urban League is the nation’s oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream. Today the National Urban League (NUL), headquartered in New York City, spearheads the nonpartisan efforts of its local affiliates. There are more than 100 local affiliates of the NUL in located 35 states and the District of Columbia providing direct services to more than 2 million people nationwide through programs, advocacy and research.


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Letter From Our Chairman

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League. Words cannot express how honored I am to serve as Board Chair of an organization championed by my family in particular my late father—James H. Gilliam, Sr.

In my current capacity, I have the distinct privilege of working with the organization’s most dedicated volunteers—Our Board—to meet the needs of the community which we serve. As the landscape shifts dramatically across the nation and in our own neighborhoods, the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League is positioned to be a relevant, responsive resource to the Wilmington Metropolitan Area.

We are achieving this through our Achievement Matters Program, James H. Gilliam, Sr. Fellowship Program, and our community education program. As we continue to fulfill our mission of empowering people of color to achieve,

economic self-reliance, parity, power, and civil rights…We look forward to partnering and working with you.

About Eugene

President, MWUL

With has a background of working in the non-profit community, city, state, and federal government. Currently, Eugene is the CEO & President of the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League. Eugene co-founded Delaware Elite, a youth leadership development program that provided inner city youth with academic enrichment, leadership training, and access to college. As a result, he has received global recognition and training from the Clinton Global Initiative University and the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Program.

Working for former Mayor and current United States Senator Cory Booker provided Eugene firsthand knowledge of how to overcome the challenges cities face. In Fall 2015, Eugene initiated the My Very Own Library project where he brought together private investors and the nonprofit community to promote childhood literacy by providing free books to 6,000 children across the state of Delaware.

After his run for Mayor of Wilmington in 2016, finishing second in a crowded field by 234 votes, Eugene co-founded Network Delaware, a nonprofit that leverages citizen-led community empowerment, research analysis, and leadership development to enact lasting socioeconomic change.

Eugene graduated from University of Maryland Baltimore County with a dual major in Information Systems and Sociology. In addition, he attended Wilmington University for his Masters in Public Administration and studied Nonprofit Management at the University of Delaware. Eugene Young is married to Dr. Nicole Young, assistant professor of organizational behavior at Franklin and Marshall College. They are proud parents of their 3-year old daughter, Madison and toddler son, Mason.

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