Press Releases

National Urban League and Civil Rights Coalition Urges FCC Chairman to Pause Proceedings to Unlock the Set-Top Box

WASHINGTON, DC (September 26, 2016) – Late last week, the National Urban League led a civil rights coalition made up of the Asian Americans Justice Center, Multicultural Media Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC), NAACP, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, National Action Network, OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates, and Rainbow PUSH Coalition in sending a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Thomas Wheeler to express concern over the Commission’s revised proposal to “Unlock the Set-Top Box” released on September 8. 

Civil Rights, Faith, and Environmental Groups Urge Congress to Address Flint Lead Crisis before Recess

WASHINGTON, DC (September 26, 2016) – Eighty-six national civil and human rights, faith, and environmental groups are urging Congress to include immediate aid for Flint, Michigan, in the Continuing Resolution to fund the government before the congressional recess. The people of Flint, a low-income and majority-minority community, have been suffering from over-exposure to lead for more than a year without any emergency aid.

UNCF, National Urban League, and Education Post Host Launch Event Sept. 15 to Discuss Joint Report on Black Education

WASHINGTON, DC (September 13, 2016)“Building Better Narratives in Black Education” highlights African American perspectives on K-12 education issues

National Urban League Statement on the U.S. Department of Education’s Supplement-not-Supplant Rule

WASHINGTON, DC (August 31, 2016) - Today, Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Education’s Supplement-not-Supplant Rule:
“In 1965, Congress passed the original Elementary and Secondary Education Act to provide additional federal dollars to low-income students and schools, so every student would receive a high-quality education and, subsequently, an equal shot at the American Dream.

National Urban League: North Carolina's "Monster Law" Heads to the Dustbin of History

NEW YORK (July 29, 2016) -- National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial  today issued the following statement after a federal court's invalidation of North Carolina's discriminatory "monster" voter ID law:
"Thanks to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, voters of color, young people and senior citizens can exercise their Constitutional right in this Presidential election free of the undue burden of a law designed to disenfranchise them.

National Urban League Applauds Resounding Defeat of Texas Voter ID Law by 5th Circuit Court

WASHINGTON, DC (July 20, 2016) – National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial today issued the following statement after a federal court ruled struck down Texas’ discriminatory voter ID law:

“Today, we celebrate a big win for voting rights in the state of Texas, where the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, en banc, ruled that the state’s voter ID law violates section 2 of the Voting Rights Act—thus discriminating against minority voters.

Diversity in Colleges and Universities Essential to Expanding Opportunity

NEW YORK, NY (June 23, 2016) – In response to the US Supreme Court's ruling on Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, upholding fair access to higher education, National Urban League President Marc H. Morial today reiterated the League's strong support for affirmative action.

National Urban League Comments on U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services Release of Joint Guidance on Foster Youth

WASHINGTON, DC (June 23, 2016) The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today released guidance to states, school districts and child welfare agencies on the new provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for supporting children in foster care. The guidance aims to assist state and local partners in understanding and implementing the new law, and to inform state and local collaboration between educational and child welfare agencies across the nation for the well-being of children in foster care.

National Urban League Holds First Meeting with Federal Reserve Chair Yellen to Urge Diversity throughout the Federal Reserve System

WASHINGTON, DC (June 17, 2016) – Today, National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial; National Urban League Chief Economist Dr. Bernard Anderson; The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Associate Vice Provost and Professor Dr. Marie Mora; Pipeline Opportunity Program President and CEO Dr. Lucy Reuben; and Urban Affairs Coalition President and CEO Sharmain Matlock-Turner met with Janet Yellen, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, on the issue of diversity.  Mr. Morial released the following statement:

Congressional Tri-Caucus Introduces 2016 Health Equity and Accountability Act with Support of National Urban League and HEAA Coalition

WASHINGTON, DC (June 15, 2016) Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL) and Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) introduced the Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA) of 2016 with the National Urban League leading the HEAA...