Press Releases

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...

ADVISORY: Congressional Tri-Caucus to Introduce 2016 Health Equity and Accountability Act

WASHINGTON, DC (June 15, 2016) Introduction of the 2016 Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA), a comprehensive, broadly-supported legislation to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health care access and outcomes. Opening remarks on HEAA will be followed by a policy briefing detailing key aspects of the legislation.

 

NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE PRESIDENT MARC MORIAL SAYS PROPOSED RULE FOR SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY IS A NECESSARY STEP TO UPHOLDING CIVIL RIGHTS PROTECTIONS IN EDUCATION

Washington, DC (May 27, 2016) – National Urban League President Marc H. Morial issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Education proposed accountability guidelines for states to consider as they work to implement the Every Student Succeed Act:

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN TO SPEAK AT NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE 13TH ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE POLICY CONFERENCE

WASHINGTON, DC (May 2, 2016) The National Urban League is proud to announce that Vice President Joe Biden will deliver remarks on Thursday, May 19, at its 13th Annual Legislative Policy Conference themed, “Save Our Cities: Education, Jobs and Justice.”

NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE PRESIDENT CONGRATULATES VIRIGINA GOVERNOR ON VOTING RIGHTS ACTION

NEW YORK (April 22, 2016) -- National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial today commended Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe for his move to restore voting rights to more than 200,000 convicted felons.

NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE PRESIDENT: HARRIET TUBMAN DECISION IS “MAJOR DEVELOPMENT”

NEW YORK (April 20, 2016) – National Urban League President Marc H. Morial today called the U.S. Treasury’s move to replace Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill a milestone for racial reconciliation.

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