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African American Partnerships
Community Affairs & Grassroots Partnerships
The Southwest Airlines Community Affairs & Grassroots Team works tirelessly to build strong, mutually beneficial, strategic relationships. By fostering these true partnerships, the Company proves its commitment to People in diverse groups. In addition, Southwest Airlines demonstrates its dedication to maintaining the "hometown carrier" position in every one of our U.S. destinations.
Below is a sampling of some national, regional, and local community partnerships through which the Southwest Airlines Core Values strategically extend to benefit the Company and to support our Communities.
100 Black Men of Atlanta
The mission of 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc. is to provide support and improve the quality of life for African Americans, and youth in particular, in the Atlanta Community. Learn more
100 Black Men of Chicago
The Chicago chapter was formed in November of 1994 and subsequently incorporated in December of 1995 by a group of men who shared a common goal of providing youth with educational and mentoring opportunities, with particular emphasis on young African American males. We are comprised of a dynamic, diverse, and dedicated 100% volunteer group of men who share a common desire to improve the chances of success for young people. Over the years, our members have touched the lives of thousands of young people and the broader community by establishing robust programs addressing four fundamental topics: Mentoring, Education, Health and Wellness, and Economic Empowerment. A key objective of our outreach is closing the achievement gap between African American youth and their peers academically, health wise, and with wealth accumulation. Learn more
100 Black Men of Las Vegas, INC
The 100 Black Men of America was formed in 1963 by a group of prominent leaders, including Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame legend Jackie Robinson, to improve the quality of life and enhance the educational opportunities of African Americans in a unified, collaborative, pragmatic effort. There are over 103 chapters with over 10,000 combined members in several countries.
Founding President Larry Mosley, Randall Bacon and several committed men formed the Las Vegas Chapter in 1999 to make a difference in the Las Vegas community. The 100 Black Men of Las Vegas, Inc. became a chartered member of the 100 Black Men of America in the year 2000. Learn more
100 Black Men of South Metro Atlanta
The 100 Black Men of South Metro, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which pools the talents of successful African-American men to improve the quality of life in our great community. The ranks of the organization are filled with esteemed professionals such as businessmen, attorneys, physicians, educators and many others. Learn more
In an effort to enhance the lives of those who live in underserved communities, a geographically diverse group of African American men formed the Advocates USA in 2004. The mission of these men was to simply make a difference in the life of those from underserved communities by serving as advocates for education, health and economic development.
Associated Black Charities (MD)
Associated Black Charities was founded in 1985 to represent and respond to issues of special significance to Maryland’s African American communities. Concerned that needs within these communities were not being adequately addressed, a group of area ministers and businessmen came together to call for an organization that would raise and distribute funds to organizations targeting needs within Maryland’s African American communities. Learn more
Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP
The Mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights to all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
The Black Chamber of Arizona
The Mission of the Black Chamber of Arizona is to improve the economic development of our business entrepreneurs and the communities we serve. The BCA serves as the cornerstone for educational training, resource programs, resources and economic growth opportunities with a specific emphasis on “Business In Action.” Learn more
California Black Chamber of Commerce
The California Black Chamber of Commerce is California's most progressive business advocate in assisting small and large businesses in connecting the dots for business growth and development. With its informational business referral and resource platform, the Chamber provides opportunities with its Corporate, Federal, and State Partners exclusively to members through the Virtual Resource Platform.
Chicago Urban League
The Chicago Urban League was established in 1916. Its mission is to eliminate racial discrimination and segregation and to work for the achievement of equal opportunity and parity for African Americans, other minorities, and the poor in every phase of American life. Today the League's work is focused in three primary areas: education, economic development, and community empowerment.
The Metropolitan Board is an auxiliary of the Chicago Urban League and a chapter of the National Urban League Young Professionals. Founded in 1983, the motivation behind the Metropolitan Board was to identify young African American professionals and developing them into the future leaders of the community. Since its inception, the MetroBoard has grown to become a diverse organization of future leaders from all walks of life and place a high value in this. The diversity of the award winning programs and events are a true testament to the diverse contributions of their most precious resource-the members. Learn more
Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo is a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to helping donors make the most of their generosity. Since 1919, the Community Foundation has managed endowment funds for individuals, families and organizations, and is currently home to over 800 named funds. Learn more
Los Angeles NAACP
The Mission of the National Assocation for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights to all persons and eliminate race-based discrimination. Learn more
Greater Baltimore Urban League
The Greater Baltimore Urban League – Since 1924, we have been helping disadvantaged Marylanders gain access to equal opportunity in employment, education, health care, housing and the civic arena. We encourage you to join the GBUL and take advantage of the many opportunities available to improve the quality of life for you and your community. Learn more
Greater Washington Urban League
The Greater Washington Urban League is a major interracial, nonpartisan, nonprofit social services and civil rights organization with headquarters in the District of Columbia and offices in the District and Prince George's County, Maryland. Our mission is “to increase the economic and political empowerment of blacks and other minorities and to help all Americans share equally in the responsibilities and rewards of full citizenship. Learn more
We use music, film, and live events to sweep people in and help them BELIEVE in your idea, your position, or your cause. Your story meets their emotion — and their emotion becomes action. Learn more
NAACP ACT-SO Youth Program
Each year, the NAACP's Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) recognize the academic and artistic talents of young African American students in grades 9-12. Young people from communities nationwide compete in 26 categories including the Sciences, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Humanities, and Business entrepreneurship. The year-long program culminates in a national competition where students earn cash prizes and computers.
Founded in 1978 by the late renowned author and journalist Vernon Jarrett, ACT-SO provides a forum through which African American youth demonstrate academic, artistic, and scientific prowess and expertise, thereby gaining the same recognition often only reserved for entertainers and athletes. Southwest is the official airline of the Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Oakland, and S. Alameda County chapters. Learn more
National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC)
The mission of The National Black Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to economically empowering and sustaining African American communities through entrepreneurship and capitalistic activity within the United States and via interaction with the Black Diaspora. The organization was incorporated in Washington, DC in March of 1993. This business association represents 95,000 Black-owned businesses and provides an advocacy that reaches all 1 million Black-owned businesses.
The NBCC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian organization dedicated to the economic empowerment of African American communities. 190 affiliated chapters are locally based throughout the nation as well as international affiliate chapters based in Bahamas, Brazil, Colombia, Ghana, and Jamaica and businesses as well as individuals who have chosen to be direct members with the national office. Learn more
National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame
The National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. (Hall of Fame) is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the growth and development of HBCUs through scholarships, internships, training and technical assistance, alumni recognition, and programs to encourage humanitarian involvement.
National Congress of Black Women
The National Congress of Black Women, Inc. (NCBW) is dedicated to the educational, political, economic, and cultural development of African American Women and their families. NCBW also serves as a nonpartisan voice and instrument on issues pertaining to the appointment of African American women at all levels of government, and to increase African American women's participation in the educational, political, economic, and social arenas. Currently, NCBW provides opportunities for women for leadership and decision-making positions in government, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector.
The Northern Virginia Urban League (NOVUL)
NOVUL is a place where you can find a wealth of resources designed to help empower African Americans and disadvantaged others to enter the economic and social mainstream. The League looks to set a direction that will expand and enhance the mission that the Urban League movement has put forth in Northern Virginia for the past 16 years through academic scholarships, guidance and support services for teen parents, homeownership education assistance, financial literacy education, minority entrepreneurship resources, life skills training, cultural enrichment, and leadership training services for youth, along with many volunteer opportunities such as the Young Professional Network (YPN). Learn more
Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.
Tuskegee Airmen Inc. honors the accomplishments and perpetuating the history of African-Americans who participated in air crew, ground crew and operations support training in the Army Air Corps during WWII, introduces young people across the nation to the world of aviation and science through local and national programs such as Young Eagles and TAI youth programs and activities, and provides educational assistance to students and awards to deserving individuals, groups and corporations whose deeds lend support to TAI’s goals.
NAACP of Long Beach
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, the thousands of dedicated workers, organizers, leaders and members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for social justice for all Americans.
National Black Chamber of Commerce
The National Black Chamber of Commerce® is dedicated to economically empowering and sustaining African American communities through entrepreneurship and capitalistic activity within the United States and via interaction with the Black Diaspora. Learn more
National Museum of African American Music
As the only museum dedicated to all dimensions of African American music, The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) will showcase over 50 music genres created or impacted by African Americans, honor the legacy and legends of this diverse music and detail the impact this music has on musicians and consumers around the world. Learn more
Quad County Urban League
The Quad County Urban League (QCUL) is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The mission of the QCUL is to secure equal opportunities for all disadvantaged persons and people of color, including African Americans, women and persons with disabilities. The Quad County Urban League is dedicated to advocating and establishing programs that facilitate the social and economic growth of residents in the communities of DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will Counties in Illinois. The Quad County Urban League is an affiliate of the National Urban League and a member agency of the United Way. Learn more
Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce
The Silicon Valley/Santa Clara County Black Chamber was incorporated as a 501(c)6, in 1989 by founding president and local business person Mr. Ron McPherson. Ron served as its president for ten years. Our current President Carl Davis Jr was its first Executive Director back in 1990. In 2001, the Center for Entrepreneurial Development was created as a 501(c)3, to serve the community through its educational programs and its Incubator Project. Learn more
The Texas NAACP was formed in 1937. By organizing and financing landmark civil-rights lawsuits, the NAACP in Texas became an important component of the national organization. The state's African Americans include a significant number of well-educated urban professionals. The State Conference of Branches has estimated its average membership level in recent years to be approximately 19,000 members.
UNCF's mission is to build a robust and nationally-recognized pipeline of under-represented students who, because of UNCF support, become highly-qualified college graduates and to ensure that our network of member institutions is a respected model of best practice in moving students to and through college. Learn more
Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts
The Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (ULEM) is a 501(c)(3) and one of the oldest affiliates within the National Urban League Movement. Their goal is to build stronger communities by equipping individuals with the tools necessary to be self-sufficient members of society. ULEM offers a variety of programs and services, which have given hope to so many as they strive to improve their lives. Their unwavering dedication to civil rights has had a positive, lasting effect in the communities they serve.
Urban League of Greater Atlanta
The Urban League of Greater Atlanta has been all about economic empowerment since we opened our doors more than 95 years ago, as part of a broader, National Urban League network of 98 historic civil rights organizations throughout the United States—all dedicated to fostering economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. Learn more
Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc.
The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis exists to empower African Americans and others throughout the region in securing economic self-reliance, social equality, and civil rights. The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc. takes a holistic approach to economic empowerment and self-sufficiency. Learn more
US Black Chambers
The U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC) provides committed, visionary leadership and advocacy in the realization of economic empowerment. Through the creation of resources and initiatives, we support African American Chambers of Commerce and business organizations in their work of developing and growing Black enterprises. Learn more
Washington Informer Charities
The Washington Informer Charities is about helping children to reach their God given talents and gifts. We are there to guide, lend, and assist in any way to support our children so they may grow to fulfill their mission here on earth. Our foundation began with a vision. A vision to reach out and help as many children as we possibly can to nurture and train the child in the way he should go. Learn more