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A Balanced Viable Plan to Create Opportunity for All

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By Kirk Clay – Evidence based civic engagement is a fairly nascent field. In fact, up until 20 years ago what people now think of as civic engagement for “people of color” was characterized naively as just minority outreach. Therefore, it’s no wonder that many organizations and efforts struggle to identify what an effective civic […]

Political Geography May Impact Presidential Race – by Kirk Clay

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and The Gospel of Action

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“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., American Civil Rights Activist By Marc Morial – National Urban League Wednesday (To Be Equal #2)- There is no shortage of words in the English language to describe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. By now-over five […]

Racism at CBS Television, Sony Entertainment and Bell Dramatic for 37 years

Republicans Ignore Black People

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By Julianne Malveaux – As I watched the Republican debate on October 10, I thought about Kanye West and the comments he made after Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans.  He said, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people”.  Later he tiptoed away from the comment by saying he “regretted” it, but he never apologized. Five years […]

Rahm Emanuel Wins: Now What?

The University of Missouri’s New President, Michael Middleton, and the New Campus Activism

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By Marc Morial, NUL (To Be Equal #45) New York, NY – Michael Middleton, the University of Missouri’s new interim president faces the challenge of healing wounds that have been decades in the making, since the first African-American students fought for admission in the 1930s. As the first Black student to enroll as a freshman […]

Mayor Bing Shoots a 3 Pointer – To Be Equal

Crime, Punishment and Justice for All

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Marc Morial, NUL (National Urban League) – Let’s get this straight. Advocating for a smarter and fairer criminal justice system that strives to apply balance in sentencing and uses sensible, public-safety based practices to reduce our nation’s ever ballooning prison population does not mean that you are soft on crime, or that you stand against […]

Rev. Edward V. Leftwich, Jr. : Musician, Urban Leader, Local “Hero” – Dead at 68

National Higher Education Summit to Focus on Equity, Affordability – By Marc H. Morial

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(To Be Equal #41) – New York – Next week, Acting U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will join dozens of other elected officials, university presidents and education experts for an unprecedented national summit , presented by the National Urban League and USA Funds, to […]

Congressman John Lewis, Dr. Joseph Lowery, Ambassador Young, Mayor Kasim Reed, and Rev. Jesse Jackson Discuss Fight for VRA

Pope Francis’ Message of Compassion: Service for the Common Good by Marc Morial

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(To Be Equal #37)New York – Like “power,” with compassion comes great responsibility. So much more than a feeling, the person with compassion is compelled to transform their compassion into intent, and most importantly, action. To be compassionate is to see, to feel and to do something. The recent arrival of Pope Francis on our […]

Mayor Bloomberg Joins Fight Against “Black Mancession”