Civil Rights

Dr. Martin Luther King: Power Under Control

Dr. Martin Luther King who became a powerhouse in the civil rights movement, trumpeted non-violence with the “bit” of the gospel in his mouth. Like the horse, as a minister, he was restrained by that bit.

60th Anniversary of March on Washington, Black Americans Under Attack

As thousands gathered on the Mall of Washington last Saturday, August 26, to continue the fight for social justice and civil rights, commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the March on Washington, it was clear that it remains unsafe to be Black in America today just as it was 60 years ago.

Cinco de Mayo – A Celebration of Latinx Revindication in the U.S.

The fifth of May, Cinco de Mayo, is a holiday that celebrates the Battle of Puebla, which took place in 1862 near the Mexican city of Puebla. On this day, the Mexican army, led by General Ignacio Zaragoza, defeated the French in their attempt to take over the country.  While this date is not widely celebrated in Mexico, except for perhaps in Puebla itself, it has become a popular holiday in the United States.

Los Angeles Urban League Host Whitney M. Young Awards Gala

By Danny J. Bakewell, Jr.  Executive Editor The Los Angeles Urban League will host the Annual Whitney M. Young Awards Gala on Thursday, May 18, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.   This year’s honorees include Paula Madison, CEO of Madison Entertainment Group, who will receive the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award.  Martin Muoto, founder and managing partner of SOLA Impact Fund, will receive the Trailblazer Award, and Sekou Kaalund, executive vice president at U.S. Bank, will receive the Corporate Partner Award.  The keynote speaker will be Bishop T.D. Jakes, world-renowned spiritual leader and chairman and CEO of the T.D. Jakes Group. 

Las Vegas Raiders, NFL Host Social Justice Roundtable

 More than 300,000 football fans traveled to Las Vegas for the 2022 NFL Draft. To kick off the three-day, star-studded event, the Las Vegas Raiders, and the NFL brought together local activists and thought leaders representing academia, business, and civil rights communities for the League’s highly acclaimed Social Justice Roundtable discussion.

Toxicologist testifies that drugs did not kill George Floyd

A toxicologist testified Wednesday at the federal trial of three former officers charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights that it wasn’t drug use, heart disease nor an agitated state known as “excited delirium” that caused Floyd’s death after officers pinned him to the pavement in May 2020.

2010 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee Sam “Bam” Cunningham Passes Away

Sam “Bam” Cunningham, a 2010 College Football Hall of Fame inductee who starred at fullback for Southern California from 1970-72, passed away Sept. 7 in Inglewood, California. He was 71. “Sam Cunningham left a huge impact both on and off the field and not just at USC but nationwide,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. “From leading the Trojans to a national title to helping inspire the integration of southern football, Sam’s legacy will live on forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.” “Sam was the most gifted fullback I’ve ever known in terms of his speed, in

Vernon Jordan On Whitney M. Young, Jr.: One Visionary Warrior Pays Tribute To Another

This Saturday, July 31st, we remember and celebrate Whitney Moore Young, Jr., on the centennial of his birth. Young served at the helm of the National Urban League during the turbulent decade from 1961 to 1971, overseeing the greatest expansion of scope and mission our organization has seen in more than a century. As the activism of the Civil Rights Movement expanded from the courts to mass-action non-violent demonstrations in the streets of both southern and northern communities, Young forcefully and publicly projected the League’s tenets of social work and civil rights as never before.    During our Equal Opportunity