Marc H. Morial
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The unfortunate truth is that 62 years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that segregated schools are unconstitutional, our schools are more segregated than they were in 1968.
As we observe the 40th anniversary of the State of Black America, the similarities between the United States of 1976 and the United States of 2016 are profoundly striking.
It was not so long ago when one of the most powerful justifications wielded in support of the American practice of segregation was religious belief.
There is no arena in American life, or beyond the borders of this country, where a woman's presence can neither be noted nor celebrated.
In a nation as diverse as ours, an Oscars ceremony that neither recognizes nor includes the vast artistic talent and contributions of women and people of color is a whitewashed fiction that would better serve us as the premise of a sci-fi feature and not as a mirror of our multicultural reality.
This week — 140 years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1875 — the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a Georgia death penalty case that serves as an intolerable reminder that people of color continue to be unlawfully excluded from jury service because of their race.
Too many people remain at the distant margins of the job market — particularly in our communities of color, where unemployment remains at crisis level, even as our economy continues to rebound.
Julian Bond was never one to shrink away from a worthy fight.
The myth of widespread voter identification fraud appears to be nothing more than a political fraud orchestrated by officials eager to shift political fortunes to their party.
The ravages of inequality on American families, particularly among those in African-American and Latino communities, continues to rip our nation apart. We must question and listen to any candidate's proposals to reverse this ever-widening trend of inequality.
I can still remember my very first job — and the valuable lessons I learned from it that continue to inform my career to this day.
No matter what continent, country or community you call home, growing up in a poor family does not happen by chance, which means defeating childhood poverty will not happen without employing targeted, effective strategies.
From our television sets in our living rooms to our local movie theaters, diversity appears to be the new black.
A number of students — our future workforce — may encounter an America and a job market that is hostile to the principles of economic mobility on which our country was founded.
There's no other way to say it. Black America is in crisis.
How can we begin to make the promise of equality in education a reality when we refuse to admit that equality in education does not always translate to equitable funding?
The phenomenon we have seen in America since the announcements that the police officers who killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner would not be indicted is new to a generation, but not to the nation.
Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt is taking action to turn the American dream of homeownership into reality for many more people.
With all the political, national security and disease news recently flooding the airways, you may have recently missed one of the most important American speeches from one of the world’s most powerful economic leaders.
Despite many attempts to keep certain groups from the polls, champions for democracy and civil rights continue to fight to protect our voting rights.
In recent weeks, the latest major steps towards realizing the Brown v. Board of Education guarantee that education "is a right which must be made available to all on equal terms" have been taken.
While the number of African-American, Latino and female consumers of Internet and broadband products and services is rising, their numbers at the major Silicon Valley companies continue to lag way behind.
At a time when much of the world seems to be tearing apart in places like Iraq, Israel, Gaza, Syria and Ukraine, President Obama hosted leaders from nearly 50 African nations for a three-day U.S.-Africa Summit
Just when it seemed Congress was no longer capable of working together on any level to serve the best interests of the American people, on July 9 members of both parties in the House of Representatives joined forces to pass a new bipartisan jobs bill, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
At a time when Americans are looking to Washington for solutions to the problems of income inequality and the ever-increasing Great Divide, Paul Ryan's budget goes in the opposite direction.
National Urban League President Marc Morial has joined a new gun-control advocacy organization that aims to galvanize Americans to end gun violence.
There is a quiet, yet increasingly disruptive, revolution underway in American education.
President Obama appointed Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, to a panel that will counsel the administration on helping young people make wise financial decisions.
It is time to set the record straight about the debt limit — what it is, what it does and why it should never be a political pawn in an ideological game (yes, game) of who will blink first.
Fifty years ago, on August 28, 1963, more than 250,000 people gathered for the historic March on Washington to demand jobs and freedom. While that day is most remembered for Dr. King's landmark "I Have a Dream" speech, Whitney Young and a host of other speakers took the podium to call for the passage of long overdue civil rights legislation.
The term “American Dream” has been used so glibly and often that it may have lost its significance to many of us. But the American Dream is not simply a slogan; it is a concept that is based, as Dr. King reminded us, on the bedrock principles of equal opportunity, shared responsibility and the dignity of all.
In the weeks since the not-guilty verdict in the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman, widespread outrage and legitimate questions about the treatment and perception of young black men in America have reverberated throughout the nation.