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State Of Black America Report Reveals Troubling Economic Numbers

AP | JESSE J. HOLLAND | Posted 04.03.2014 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON (AP) — African-Americans and Latinos are losing economic ground when compared with whites in the areas of employment and income as the Un...

Obama Meets With Civil Rights Leaders At White House

AP | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Civil rights leaders say they left a meeting with President Barack Obama convinced that he'll fight for jobs, worker training, a h...

Healthcare for All: At Long Last

Marc H. Morial | Posted 02.19.2014 | Black Voices
Marc H. Morial

Here's why the ACA is especially vital for African Americans, who are twice as likely to be uninsured, and who suffer from more chronic, and life threatening conditions than any other minority group.

Who Owns The Awful Corinthian Colleges? Wells Fargo, Marc Morial, Pension Funds

David_Halperin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
David_Halperin

We have a disturbing portrait of a company preying on vulnerable people and then covering up its misdeeds with lies. So who is Corinthian Colleges? Who are the owners of this predatory institution?

Jermaine Spradley

Here's What Became Of The Organizations That Organized The March On Washington

HuffingtonPost.com | Jermaine Spradley | Posted 08.28.2013 | Black Voices

On Sunday, August 28, 1963, more than 250,000 people crowded the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to stake their claim for jobs and freedom in a tur...

Trayvon Martin's Mother: 'Use My Broken Heart'

AP | KEITH COLLINS | Posted 07.27.2013 | Black Voices

PHILADELPHIA -- The mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin told a National Urban League gathering in Philadelphia on Friday to use her tragedy to sto...

America's Small And Minority Businesses: A Global Relationship Deficit

Rick C. Wade | Posted 07.21.2013 | Small Business
Rick C. Wade

Small and minority-owned businesses in America can't afford to sit on the sidelines and be silent onlookers while wealthy Chinese companies invest in energy and natural resources in developing countries in Africa, the Caribbean and other parts of the globe. If small and minority-owned firms want to stay viable in an increasingly connected global economy, they must fight for a seat at the foreign investment table and look to China and other countries as potential sources for funding and financing.

Leon Panetta and Marc Morial Join the Board of Corinthian, For-Profit College With Troubling Record

David_Halperin | Posted 06.30.2013 | College
David_Halperin

In a field marked by ripoffs of students and taxpayers, Corinthian, which operates under the school names Everest, Heald, and Wyotech, has one of the worst records of all.

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

Marc H. Morial | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics
Marc H. Morial

While this legislation is hardly a final answer, it is at least a first step and would demonstrate that our leaders have the backbone to stand up for the American people in the face of opposition and threats from a well-funded and obstinate gun lobby.

The Complicated State Of Black America

Posted 04.12.2013 | Black Voices

As the country commemorates the anniversaries of several milestones of the Civil Rights Movement, including the March on Washington, one can only wond...

Solving Poverty: Dr. King's Dream and Silver Rights Not Such a New Idea

John Hope Bryant | Posted 04.09.2013 | Impact
John Hope Bryant

As we reflect this year on the 84th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the 50th anniversary of the "I Have A Dream" speech, I think about the vast unfinished agenda of Dr. King.

Obama Announces First-Ever African-American Education Office

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 09.24.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is creating a new office to bolster education of African-American students. The White House says the office wi...

Gene Demby

Report Finds That Blacks Could Be This Year's Secret Swing Vote

HuffingtonPost.com | Gene Demby | Posted 07.17.2012 | Black Voices

The number of black voters who turn out to vote in the upcoming elections could play a huge role in several swing states, according to a report releas...

The Hidden Swing Voters

Leigh Owens | Posted 09.16.2012 | Politics
Leigh Owens

This year's election could prove to be one of the most important in our nation's history and there is at least one group whose vote could determine its outcome: the African-American vote.

The American Promise: The Right to Vote

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.09.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Right now many states are attempting to put new voting restrictions in place that parallel all the old tricks and turn back the clock on civil rights to the days when voting was used as a tool for political control and exclusion.

Why The AG Settlement Is Good For Communities Of Color

Janet Murguía | Posted 04.10.2012 | Latino Voices
Janet Murguía

State Attorneys General (AG) arrived at a $25 billion agreement with mortgage servicers in response to the "robosigning" scandal that broke 18 months ago.

Why It's Time to Declare War on Unemployment

Marc H. Morial | Posted 11.14.2011 | Black Voices
Marc H. Morial

Just as Lyndon Johnson would declare War on Poverty, just Nixon would declare War on Drugs, just as Bush would declare War on Terrorism, it is time for this country declare War on Unemployment.

Saving Jobs, Saving Homes, and Building a Better Future

Janet Murguía | Posted 09.13.2011 | Latino Voices
Janet Murguía

In this era of budget slashing, some cuts just don't make sense, particularly when they push families further away from achieving the American Dream of homeownership.

Bill Gates: Education Can Be Reformed Before Poverty Is Eliminated

AP | RUSSELL CONTRERAS | Posted 09.27.2011 | Education

BOSTON — Microsoft founder Bill Gates told the National Urban League on Thursday that a child's success should not depend on the race or income ...

Plaxico Burress Can Be a Giant Off the Field

Paul Helmke | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

America needs more voices like Plaxico's speaking on behalf of sensible gun laws and sensible behavior around guns.

The State of Black America: All Talk or Action Too?

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 05.31.2011 | Politics
Dr. Boyce Watkins

As much as the black community despises the Tea Party, we'd be wise to learn a few things from the way they've come together to shape the direction of our nation.

My Highly Improbable Journey From CEO to Contemporary Urban Film Producer

Michael J. Critelli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael J. Critelli

I was chairman of the National Urban League's Board for five years, and served for 13 years, an organization that celebrated success stories for women and people of color. In 2004, I discovered such a story.

Education Reform and the Children Still Left Behind

David Chura | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
David Chura

Students should be held to rigorous academic standards. However, teachers should be allowed some flexibility to evaluate their students' readiness and plan accordingly.

Daniel Beaty's 'Chosen Schizophrenia' Drives His Solo Playwriting

James Sims | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
James Sims

"Are you asking me if I'm a control freak?" Daniel Beaty asks me as I question his decision to turn an ensemble play into a solo work.

The Content of our Foolishness

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

As much as the enlightened, historically correct bunch of us would hate to admit, Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally was a masterful stroke of PR geni...