Press Releases

National Urban League on Betsy DeVos Senate Confirmation Vote

WASHINGTON, DC (February 7, 2017) – National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial released the following statement today on the Senate’s confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education:

National Urban League Washington Bureau Executive Director Don Cravins Observes Black History Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 1, 2017) -- Today, National Urban League’s Senior Vice President for Policy and Executive Director of the Washington Bureau, Don Cravins, Jr., released the following statement in recognition of Black History Month: 

“Each February, during Black History Month, we celebrate the enormous historical contributions that African Americans have made to American life and culture. This month not only serves as an opportunity to celebrate our innovations and progress, but also to reflect on the struggles we’ve endured.

National Urban League Urges Thorough Review of Supreme Court Nominee's Record

NEW YORK (January 31, 2017) -- National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial tonight urged a thorough review of the judicial record and public statements of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.
                                                                               
Morial said he was concerned about Gorsuch’s apparent judicial extremism and criticism of those who have sought advancement of individual rights through the courts.

National Urban League Washington Bureau Recognizes the Anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 29, 2016) – Today, National Urban League Washington Bureau Executive Director and Senior Vice President for Policy, Don Cravins, Jr., released the following statement in recognition of the Anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act: 
 

National Urban League Urges Senate HELP Committee to Oppose DeVos' Confirmation as Secretary of Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 24, 2017) - Two weeks after sending a letter to the leadership of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee expressing concerns over the nomination of Betsy DeVos as the next Secretary of Education, National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial today released the following letter urging the HELP Committee oppose Betsy DeVos' confirmation.  Mr. Morial's full letter follows and is attached.
 

January 24, 2017

National Urban League Releases Letter to Senate HELP Committee Expressing Concern for Betsy Devos’ Nomination as Secretary of Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 17, 2017) Today, National Urban League President and CEO, Marc H. Morial, publicly released the following letter to the leadership of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, expressing grave concerns over the nomination of Betsy DeVos as the next Secretary of Education.  The full letter follows and is attached.

January 9, 2017

Civil Rights Leaders Meet with Top Senate Democrat

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 11, 2017) – Late yesterday, leaders of the nation’s foremost civil rights organizations--the National Urban League, the National Action Network, the NAACP, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation--met with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to discuss the community’s legislative priorities.  After the meeting, each shared the following comments:
 

Assessing President Obama's Impact & Legacy

 

OBAMA SCORECARD
Throughout our history, the National Urban League has taken seriously our responsibility to                  
hold the President of the United States accountable to the needs of urban America and
communities of color. As President Barack Obama prepares to leave office on January 20,
we present the ObamaScorecard to assess the first African American president’s
impact and legacy. 

National Urban League Calls On Senate Judiciary Committee to Reject Nomination of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

WASHINGTON, DC (January 9, 2017)  Today, National Urban League President and CEO, Marc H. Morial, released the following letter to the leadership of the Senate Judiciary Committee, urging them to reject the nomination of Senator Jefferson Sessions as the next Attorney General of the United States:

The Honorable Mitch McConnell

The Honorable Charles Schumer

The Honorable Chuck Grassley

The Honorable Dianne Feinstein

National Urban League President Marc H. Morial Statement on Every Student Succeeds Act Final Regulations

WASHINGTON, DC (November 28, 2016) – Today, National Urban League president and CEO Marc H. Morial released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Education’s final regulations to implement provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) regarding school accountability, data reporting, and state plans.

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