1 of 9
< >
Jul 17 2014

National Urban League Hosts Congressional Tri-Caucus Briefing on Health Care Reform

Congressional staffers packed a briefing hosted recently by the Washington Bureau as part of the Urban Solutions Council programming, and along with the Congressional Tri-Caucus, discussed the next steps in implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Congressional staffers packed a briefing hosted... Read
Jul 24 2014

National Urban League Report Highlights Benefits of Technology for Small Businesses

A new report by the National Urban League, Small Business, Big Opportunity: Creating More Jobs with Technology, highlights the tremendous opportunities and challenges facing Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) in driving job growth and economic empowerment in their communities; and the important... Read
Jul 09 2014

House of Representatives Passes Bi-Partisan Workforce Bill Including Crucial Components of Urban Jobs Act; Bill Now Goes to President Obama For His Signature

Statement of the National Urban League on the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which includes important elements of the Urban Jobs Act.


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
Jan 17 2014

New Report from Zillow and National Urban League Underscores Inequity in Housing Market

A report released released this week by Zillow, the online real estate platform, and the National Urban League uncovered a number of instances in which minority access to mortgages and homeownership experiences, particularly among blacks and Hispanics, differs greatly from white experiences.
Jan 17 2014

National Urban League Statement on the Introduction of the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014

The National Urban League praised the introduction of the Voting Rights Amendment Act as a commonsense measure that the right to vote for all citizens.


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.  

Facebook iconTwitter iconYouTube iconRSS icon