Washington Bureau Blog Posts

From Legislatures to Legends

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

This week in “From the Director” Don Cravins, Jr. discusses the importance of elections for state legislature and the legacy of fallen civil rights leaders.




Will the Government Shutdown?

Monday, September 28, 2015

Find out what a government shutdown means for you.

Hear from Don Cravins, Jr., Executive Director of the National Urban League Washington Bureau in his weekly vlog discussing the latest developments in policy and Black America. 


From the Director 9.7.15

Monday, September 7, 2015

Don Cravins, Jr., Executive Director of the Washington Bureau shares his weekly vlog about the latest updates from Capitol Hill and what the Bureau is working on. 

And Urban Leaguers be sure to follow-up with Don on his offer!


From the Director

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Tune in to this video message from Don Cravins, Jr., Senior Vice President for Policy and Executive Director of the Washington Bureau!


Thank you for watching! 

All Kids Matter

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
America is not post-racial. 
Deep, gaping wounds of oppression and discrimination remain and fester in our institutions—including in our public education system. That is why the fight for civil rights continues into the 21st century and it begins with creating a more just future through our children. Equal opportunity starts in our classrooms and cannot be determined by the color of a child’s skin, their parents’ income, their native language or disability status. 

Police Reform Now: The State of Emergency in our Precincts

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A tragic déjà vu is playing out in communities all across America, particularly in the growingly skeptical streets of Black and Brown neighborhoods.

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.