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Aug 21 2014

TODAY! Social Security Administration hosts Twitter Town Hall on Planning for the Future

TODAY! Social Security Experts Answer Your Questions About Planning for the Future!
Aug 15 2014

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: Demonstrations and Protest

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: Demonstrations and Protest   The ACLU has provided guidelines for Americans to use in exercising your 1st Amendment right to free speech in the form of demonstrations and protests. Along with these guidelines are recommedations for what to do when encountering law enforcement. See... Read
Aug 15 2014

Congress Finds Common Ground in Calls to De-Militarize Police

In a Congress that has seen few instances of bi-partisanship in recent years, the shooting of Michael Brown—specifically, the overly militaristic response including the image of armored vehicles, high-powered assault rifles and tear gas canisters being lobbed at reporters—has lawmakers from both... Read


Aug 19 2014

Civil Rights Groups Release A Unified Statement of Action to Promote Reform and Stop Police Abuse

A Unified Statement of Action to Promote Reform and Stop Police Abuse
Aug 15 2014

National Urban League Statement on Ferguson, Missouri

National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial responds to recent developments in the death of Michael Brown and the response of the St. Louis County and Ferguson Police.
May 28 2014

Statement on Dr. Maya Angelou from Marc H. Morial, President and CEO, National Urban League

“Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible…We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou Poet.  Author.  Actress.  Activist.  Singer.  Dancer.  Director.  Teacher.  Trailblazer.  History-maker.  Sister friend... Read


Aug 06 2013

National Urban League Summer Internship Program

The National Urban League Summer Internship Program provides an insight into the world of non-profit management for college students, from the New York City metropolitan area and in Washington, DC. The National Urban League is looking for candidates interested in a career in the not-for-profit... Read

Progress and Unfinished Business: 50 Years After the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

July 2 marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 that outlawed discrimination and segregation based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. First introduced by President John F. Kennedy shortly before his 1963 assassination, the Civil Rights Act also offered greater protections for the right to vote and paved the way for another historic achievement one year later – the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Momentum for the legislation picked up following the 1963 March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the National Urban League’s Whitney M. Young, along with 250,000 activists and citizens, gathered to demand “Jobs and Freedom” for people of all races who were locked out, left out, and disenfranchised. President Kennedy, a Massachusetts liberal, introduced the bill in June of 1963, just five months before his assassination. It was up to his appointed successor, Vice President Lyndon Johnson, a former United States Senator from Texas with deep southern roots, to carry it over the finish line. Despite extreme opposition, especially from his former southern Congressional allies, President Johnson successfully navigated the bill’s passage. He signed it into law on July 2, 1964, surrounded by Dr. King, Whitney Young and a multi-racial group of civil rights activists.

It was only 50 years ago that it was legal in some states to deny Blacks the right to eat in the same restaurants as whites, to sit in the same movie theaters or even to apply for the same jobs. Thankfully, that is no longer true anywhere in America. We have also seen other gains, including a rising Black middle class and an increase in African American high school graduation rates. However, there is still a wide opportunity gap in America.


One year after the Shelby County v. Holder decision in the Supreme Court and Americans are still waiting for the restoration of vital voter protections that elected leaders on both sides of the aisle have supported since the Voting Rights Act was passed.  

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August 21, 2014
September 09 2014
The National Urban League Washington Bureau will host a town hall forum to explore the unique challenges facing African American college students and the strategies needed to help get them through college and to graduate with a degree.  The forum will feature two panel discussions:  local student