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Marc H. Morial
Marc H. Morial is President and CEO of the National Urban League, the nation’s largest historic Civil Rights and Urban Advocacy organization. He has served as a Louisiana State Senator, mayor of New Orleans, and as President of the bi-partisan U.S. Conference of Mayors, where he served during the 9/11 crisis and championed the creation of the Department of Homeland Security. Morial has a dual degree in Economics and African American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and holds a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Connect with him on Twitter and Instagram (@marcmorial) and Facebook (

Entries by Marc H. Morial

It's Time for Hollywood to Act Like Diversity Matters

(3) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 11:52 AM

"Diversity is basically a description of independence. Diversity is what moves the ball for me, and I thought 'give people a chance that have different points of view. Let the audience decide whether they like it or not. But give those voices a chance to be seen and heard.'" --...

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Smart Reauthorization of the ESEA Law Necessary for Student Success

(1) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 3:41 PM

Reaching the American Dream begins with opportunity. As young people of all races, creeds and backgrounds march courageously to address issues of police misconduct and disparities in the justice system, they are also highlighting additional deep inequities that threaten our great nation. Our sons and daughters deserve to live full,...

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This Is Why We March

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 3:46 PM

"It's just so overwhelming to see all who have come to stand with us. Look at the masses - Black, white, all races, all religions... We need to stand like this at all times." - Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, at the "Justice for All" March in Washington,...

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Johnson-Crapo Housing Reform Guided by Weapons of Mass Deception About Affordable Housing Goals

(2) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 6:35 PM

"The new Senate proposal to reform the housing finance system...lacks provisions to ensure that the housing finance system is fair and nondiscriminatory." -Joint statement of the National Urban League and other major civil rights and housing advocacy groups

A new housing reform proposal slated for a Senate Banking Committee...

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National Urban League Endorses Common Core State Standards -- Part 3: Study Reveals Overwhelming Confidence in CCSS

(3) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 8:58 AM

"Common Core promises to hold our schools and our kids - all of our kids, not just the lucky ones - to higher standards, standards that will provide them with a deeper, more durable understanding of science and math, analytical and reasoning skills in the humanities, creative problem solving across...
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Cesar Chavez Day Calls Us to Unite to End Poverty and Honor the Dignity of Work

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 10:47 AM

We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community... Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own. -- Cesar Chavez

While it is commonly thought that the Civil Rights movement of...

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National Urban League Endorses Common Core State Standards -- Part Two: Closing the Achievement Gap

(1) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 12:51 PM

"Today, education is perhaps the most important function of state and local governments...It is the very foundation of good citizenship...In these days, it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education. Such an opportunity, where the...
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National Urban League Endorses Common Core State Standards - Here's Why: Part One

(1) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 11:16 AM

"You can't allow 15,000 school boards to home bake their own little standards subject to their own political pressures and think we are going to have international competitiveness. We have to at least have some bare minimum core standards if our young people are going to compete." -- Rep. Bobby...

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Justice for Jordan: What the Dunn Verdict Says About Our Culture -- and the Value That We Place on Young Black Males in America

(25) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 8:56 AM

"Jordan had no guns. He had no drugs. There was no alcohol. They were coming from the mall. They were being kids." -- Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan Davis

Another mother's anguish. Another unarmed Black teenager in Florida shot dead for no good reason. Another indefensible instance of Stand Your...

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The Great Divide of Income Inequality: a Domestic Crisis on the World's Stage

(4) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 2:20 PM

We live in a world where the 85 richest people own the wealth of half of the world's population. In the United States, the increase in the income share of the top one percent is at its highest level since the eve of the Great Depression. -- Winnie Byanyima, Executive...
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Healthcare for All: At Long Last

(2) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 11:39 AM

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Incredibly, there are some who still question why the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is good policy -- particularly for poor, struggling and underserved communities -- including African Americans. They use terms like "culture of dependency" or "welfare state" to denigrate the law's fundamental...

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New College Success Strategies for a New Normal

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 8:01 AM

In the first in a series of four blog-eds by members of the Asset Building Policy Network, Pam Flaherty and Marc H. Morial discuss why it's important to turn college aspiration into college success in low-income communities of color.

Two powerful trends are rapidly changing the composition of America's...

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Nuevas Estrategias de Éxito en la Universidad para una Nueva Normalidad

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 8:01 AM

En el primero de una serie de cuatro blogs publicados por los miembros de Asset Building Policy Network, Pam Flaherty y Marc H. Morial expresan por qué es importante convertir las aspiraciones universitarias en éxitos universitarios para las comunidades de color de bajos ingresos.

Dos poderosas tendencias están cambiando...

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Lessons From the Boulevard and the Alley

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 1:17 PM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

In David Pogue's "10 Top Time-Saving Tech Tips" TEDTalk, he imparts clever insight into something we all know, but probably never really brought into our consciousness...

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Black Quarterbacks Leading More Teams in NFL

(39) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 6:28 PM

"Sports" is one of the most race-neutral meritocracies in America. From the record-shattering feats of Jesse Owens to the transcendent accomplishments of Serena and Venus, there is no doubt that African Americans can excel at the highest levels in any sport if given a chance. Historically, that chance has rarely...

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Digital Equality: A Key Economic Opportunity and Civil Rights Issue for the 21st Century

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 9:53 AM

The question of equality was a catalyst for the creation of this great Republic. The need for new ideas and approaches led our forefathers to be innovative. One hundred and fifty years ago, President Lincoln employed such thinking in the writing of the Emancipation Proclamation that changed the course of...

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We Were Right (So Says the Census): Hidden Swing Voters Tipped the Scales in 2012

(13) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 6:41 PM

Last July, we released a report, "The Hidden Swing Voters," predicting that the African American vote would tip the scales in the 2012 election of Barack Obama, especially in several key swing states -- just as it had been a decisive factor in 2008.

Earlier this month,...

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Message to Congress: Show Some Robinson/Rickey/Wheeler Courage on Gun Safety Vote

(19) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 2:26 PM

"Sometimes I close my eyes and all I can remember is that awful day... But other times, I feel Ben's presence filling me with courage for what I have to do..." Francine Wheeler, mother of six-year-old Ben Wheeler, one of the 26 victims of the December 14 Sandy Hook tragedy.

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Hear Ye Hear Ye, Justice Scalia: Voting Is a Right

(36) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 10:03 AM

"No voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice or procedure shall be imposed or applied by any State or political subdivision to deny or abridge the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color." Voting Rights Act of 1965


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Don't Leave Health Care in the Balance

(2) Comments | Posted March 23, 2012 | 12:58 PM

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear challenges to key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the health, well-being and financial security of millions of Americans hangs in the balance.

As "economic first responders," the National Urban League and our 97 affiliates know firsthand the crushing burden of a dysfunctional...

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