Press Releases

Study Finds Health Disparities Cost the U.S. $82B in Higher Healthcare Spending and Lost Productivity

A report released today by the National Urban League Policy Institute ( found that African-Americans continue to pay a disproportionate price for health disparities, spending $54.9 billion of the total $82.2 billion for the U.S. in healthcare costs and lost productivity.

National Urban League Responds to FCC Ruling on Prison Phones

National Urban League President & CEO Marc H. Morial today issued the following statement in response to the FCC order on Interstate Inmate Calling Service Rates.
“Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn and the FCC are to be commended for voting today to bring balance to the needs of inmate families—especially the 2.7 million children in the U.S. with an incarcerated parent—with service providers by setting reasonable telephone rates that will remove the financial burden from families trying to support their incarcerated loved ones.

Letter to the Department of Justice Regarding the Trayvon Martin Case

The Urban League joined other leading civil rights and social justice organizations in calling on Attory General Eric Holder to pursue a civil rights investigation against George Zimmerman.

Statement from Marc H. Morial on White House Meeting on the Voting Rights Act

Statement from Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, re: Today's White House Meeting on the Voting Rights Act:

Earlier today, President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, Labor Secretary Tom Perez, and White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett held a meeting with civil rights leaders as well as state and local elected officials at the White House to discuss strengthening the Voting Rights Act and safeguarding every eligible American’s right to vote.

National Urban League Statement for the Hearing Record -- House Voting Rights Hearing

Chairman Franks, Ranking Member Nadler, members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to present our views on what must be the highest priority for this Congress and our nation - preserving our democratic process by restoring the protections of the Voting Rights Act. Vital protections that were stripped by the U.S. Supreme Court in its devastating 5-4 decision on June 25, 2013, in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder.

Marc H. Morial, President and CEO, National Urban League: Comments on SCOTUS Civil Rights Decisions

As we near the 50 year celebration of the height of the Civil Rights Movement, the Supreme Court ruled on two significant civil rights cases this week - today on Shelby County v. Holder re: the Voting Rights Act and yesterday on Fisher v. University of Texas re: affirmative action.

Statement from Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, Regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's Decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

"As we anticipate the impending decision of the United States Supreme Court in the case of Fisher v.

National Urban League Strongly Supports the Confirmation of Mayor Anthony Foxx as the Next Secretary of Transportation

Dear Chairman Rockefeller and Ranking Member Thune:

As President and CEO and on behalf of the National Urban League, it is with great pleasure that I strongly support and urge the confirmation of Mayor Anthony Foxx as the next U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Established in 1910, the National Urban League is the nation's largest historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization serving over 2 million people each year through 95 affiliates in urban communities in 36 states and the District of Columbia.

Marc Morial Outlines Urban League Programs to Foster Black Woman-Owned Businesses In Senate Testimony

Marc Morial today testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship panel entitled “Strengthening the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem for Minority Women.” During his remarks, Morial underscored the important role Black woman-owned businesses play in the U.S. economic recovery and competitiveness.


The National Urban League’s State of Black America report released today concludes that despite social and economic gains, the African-American equality gap with whites has changed little since 1963.