About United Neighbors Of Lower Roxbury (UNLR)

Year Founded: 1971

Corporate Status: Nonprofit 501(C)3. Status re-instated June 25th, 2016, retroactively.

Mailing Address: 90 Windsor St., Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120

United Neighbors of Lower Roxbury promotes economic, civic, and social engagement to improve the quality of life of the Lower Roxbury community. We
embrace the efforts of individuals and organizations who seek to create a
vibrant and diverse community.

Our Leaders

Bill Singleton – President

Ricardo Pierre Louis – Treasurer

Nina LaNegra – Clerk

Board Members

  • Thelma Barros
  • Yvonne Lalyre
  • Bobby Walker

Friends Of UNLR

Aziza Robinson-Goodnight – Chairwoman of the Frederick Douglass Sculpture Project

Our History

The UNLR is a grassroots association formed in 1971 by an active group of
neighbors, tenant organizations, and church communities. The group harnessed the activist energy of the time to organize neighbors around protecting and revitalizing the remainder of a neighborhood that had lost three miles of parks, schools, and historic homes during urban renewal.  This time period saw over 2000 properties destroyed, countless numbers of people displaced and the natural environment decimated.

Historic Image Of Lower Roxbury

Our Key Initiatives

Community development: transforming vacant lots into vibrant public spaces (e.g. Frederick Douglass Peace Park and Bessie Barnes Memorial Park).

Engagement of over 75 volunteers per year to conduct neighborhood improvements in partnership with local residents and educational institutions.

Hosting of regular neighborhood cleanups and social events.

Running of summer programs for youth in partnership with other organizations.

Roxbury Strategic Master Plan