Julian Bond Was Never One to Shrink Away from a Worthy Fight

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By Marc Morial, National Urban League (To Be Equal #32) – New York, NY – He lived his life as a tireless champion of the oppressed and maligned, a battle-worn warrior for civil rights, equality and social justice. Bond fought the good fight, and at the still-youthful age of 75, he completed his course. His [...]

The Koch Challenge

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By Raynard Jackson – Last week, to my amazement, I read an article about Charles Koch in The Washington Post newspaper. The amazing part was that it was a positive article about Koch. For those who don’t live in DC, The Washington Post is one of the most liberal newspapers in the country and rarely [...]

Statement on President Obama’s Clean Power Plan

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By Felicia Davis – More than a decade ago I wrote that, African Americans are disproportionately affected by power plant emissions because we are concentrated in large urban centers, suffer higher rates of asthma and share a historical bond with the developing world where climate change threatens already weak and overburdened economies. From this perspective, [...]

Urban League’s Morial Urges Passage of Criminal Justice Reform Legislation, Juvenile Incarceration Reform

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Washington, DC – National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial today issued the following statement in response to the introduction of criminal justice reform legislation: “As President and CEO of the National Urban League and former Mayor of New Orleans, I am calling on Congress today to act now on two key legislative [...]

Urban Uprisings – By Lucius Gantt

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(The Gantt Report)- I told you what would happen and you read it in the paper but all you could say was Lucius is a hater. America’s so called Black community leaders can’t draw flies to an outhouse but every time a young Black man gets beaten, chocked, shot or gets his back broken, hand-picked [...]

The Treatment of the First African American female Nominee for Attorney General, Loretta Lynch

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I called both of my senators today to find out whether they planned to vote to confirm Loretta Lynch for Attorney General. Senator Perdue’s office said “no” and there was no changing his mind. I held out hope that our senior Senator Isakson would be more thoughtful, after all former Mayor Rudy Giuliani said that [...]

The State of Black America-By the Numbers: Part 1, Education – By @MARCMORIAL @NatUrbanLeague

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(To Be Equal #12) – There’s no other way to say it. Black America is in crisis. Over the past year, we have been bombarded with headlines that continue to drive home the longstanding challenges faced by Black and Brown communities in our nation. From the killings of unarmed Black males at the hands of [...]

Urgent Action Alert: Tell Your Senators to Swiftly Confirm Loretta Lynch as the First African American Woman U.S. Attorney General

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By Marc Morial – U.S. Attorney Lynch has distinguished herself as a highly experienced, independent lawyer dedicated to equal justice under the law. In addition, Ms. Lynch would represent major progress by becoming the nation’s first African American woman to serve as U.S. Attorney General. Loretta Lynch’s credentials speak for themselves. She holds a powerful [...]

Malcolm X to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz – The Metamorphosis of a Militant in Mecca

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By Marc H. Morial (To Be Equal) – “You may be shocked by these words coming from me. But on this pilgrimage, what I have seen, and experienced, has forced me to rearrange much of my thought-patterns previously held, and to toss aside some of my previous conclusions. This was not too difficult for me. [...]

The Carter G. Woodson Legacy

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By Julianne Malveaux – The racial differential in the poverty rate is staggering. Last time I checked, about 12 percent people in the United States, one in eight people are poor. Depending on race and ethnicity, however, poverty is differently experienced. Fewer than one in ten whites are poor, more than one in four African [...]

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