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Gymnasts’ Demand For Justice Is A Powerful Display Of Courage And Grace
September 30, 2021
Just 17 years old in June of 2015, Maggie Nichols disclosed to USA Gymnastics officials that the organization’s team doctor, Larry Nassar, had been molesting her since she was 15. Furthermore, she said she suspected that Nassar was abusing her friend and teammate Simone Biles as well. USA Gymnastics waited more than a month to report the allegations to the FBI, by which time a private investigator had identified at least six victims, including McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman. After receiving the report, the FBI did almost nothing. When agents finally scheduled an interview weeks later with McKayla Maroney, then 19, it was only to get USA Gymnastics “off of our back,” according to investigators. ... read more »
Vernon Jordan On Whitney M. Young, Jr.: One Visionary Warrior Pays Tribute To Another
August 12, 2021
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, ... read more »
World-Class Sprinter Sha’Carrie Richardson Is The Latest Casualty Of Decades Of Racist Application Of Marijuana Policies
July 15, 2021
“… ‘the rules are the rules.’ Yet, rules aren’t inherently neutral — more likely than not, rules are an extension of a status quo of racism, ... read more »
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National Urban League Launches Comprehensive Plan to Address Racial Digital Inequities
April 1, 2021
The National Urban League today announced a comprehensive strategy for leveraging the tools of the information economy to create a more equitable and inclusive society. ... read more »
IN MEMORIAM: Civil Rights Icon Vernon Jordan Dies at 85
March 4, 2021
NAACP President Derrick Johnson said the world lost an influential figure in the fight for civil rights and American politics. “An icon to the world and a lifelong friend to the NAACP, his contribution to moving our society toward justice is unparalleled,” Johnson declared. “In 2001, Jordan received the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal for a lifetime of social justice activism. His exemplary life will shine as a guiding light for all that seek truth and justice for all people.” ... read more »
Dissecting President Joe Biden’s Racial Equity Agenda: ‘The Time to Act is Now’
January 28, 2021
There is new air surrounding the pillars of Capitol Hill, and within the first week of new leadership, Biden has directed his attention to the needs of the country. In addition to the concerns brought on by a global health tragedy, he has led his administration to focus on social equity. President Biden has been working diligently, making the concerns of underrepresented communities a priority in all federal agencies under his guidance. ... read more »
Make It Plain Townhall Addresses Concerns of the Black Community
January 14, 2021
The Black Coalition Against COVID-19 tackles some of the pressing issues concerning the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines. ... read more »
Black Woman, Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, Developed the Scientific Approach to the Coronavirus Vaccine
December 24, 2020
“The very vaccine that’s one of the two that has absolutely exquisite levels – 94 to 95 percent efficacy against clinical disease and almost 100 percent efficacy against serious disease that are shown to be clearly safe – that vaccine was actually developed in my institute’s vaccine research center by a team of scientists led by Dr. Barney Graham and his close colleague, Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, or Kizzy Corbett,” Dr. Fauci stated. ... read more »
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National Urban League and the Black Coalition Against COVID-19 Team Up with HBCU Medical Professionals
December 3, 2020
As the nation prepares for yet another wave of COVID-19 pandemic, lawmakers continue to discuss the possible vaccine and methods of dispersion. However, with the majority of cases still within the Black and Brown communities, the National Urban League set up a press call with Black medical experts to discuss what this will look like for the population. ... read more / view gallery »
Biden’s First 100-Day Challenge: Transitioning to a More Inclusive Economy
December 3, 2020
The tumultuous 2020 presidential election triggered a record number of participating voters. Never before had so many people cast their preferences. And similarly, together substantiated how divided the nation is.  ... read more »
National Urban League to Biden and Harris: Prioritize Pandemic Control and Economic Stimulus that Directs Jobs to Struggling Communities
November 19, 2020
In a letter to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial urged them to place top priority on comprehensive economic relief for Americans devastated by the coronavirus epidemic.  ... read more »
Black Lives, And Black Livelihoods Were At Stake In This Election. Black Votes Determined Its Outcome.
November 12, 2020
As grief and despair over the racially-disproportionate impact of the COVID pandemic and police brutality erupted in unrest across America’s cities this summer, the National Urban League mobilized to channel the protests in the streets into power at the polls. ... read more »
Historical Barriers and Structural Inequalities Still Account for Black-White Homeownership Gap
November 12, 2020
NAREB 2020 State of Housing in Black America (SHIBA) report shows how uneven mortgage lending practices, cumulative disadvantages and COVID-19 continue to obstruct growth of Black homeownership ... read more »
JPMorgan Chase Commits $30 Billion to Advance Racial Equity
October 22, 2020
“All Americans deserve equitable access to affordable housing and the physical, emotional and financial security it represents,” said Lisa Rice, CEO, National Fair Housing Alliance. “JPMorgan Chase’s new commitments will help make owning or renting a reality for more Black and Latinx families, whose housing access has been impeded by decades of systemic racism and are now disproportionately affected by the impact of COVID-19. Addressing the affordability crisis, now overlaid with the pandemic, will require many players on many fronts, and these commitments are concrete, meaningful steps in the right direction.” ... read more »
URBAN LEAGUE LEADERS: GRAND JURY DECISION IS AN AFFRONT TO BREONNA TAYLOR’S MEMORY
October 1, 2020
Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, and Sadiqa N. Reynolds, Esq., President & CEO of the Louisville Urban League, issued the following joint statement in response to a grand jury’s failure to seek justice for the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. ... read more »
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