Mrs. Alice Wyche Hurley met Mr. Whitney M. Young, executive director of the National Urban League, Inc. (1961-1971), in the mid-1960s as a student at the School of Social Work at Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University). Mrs. Hurley noticed that there were huge movements in neighboring cities and mentioned to Mr. Young that Columbia did not have an Urban League affiliate. Nothing came of that original interaction. At a later date, Mrs. Hurley saw Mr. Young and suggested that there was still no Urban League in Columbia nor South Carolina overall. Within a few months, Mr. Young sent a couple of Urban League field directors to the Hurley’s home to help start an affiliate. In the living room of the Hurley home, instructions were given to put together an integrated board of directors as the first step to developing this group.