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A weekly newsletter from Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League

ReMARCs: Partying with a Purpose – and a Focus on Jobs (07.03.14)

Thursday, July 3 kicks off the 20th anniversary of the annual Essence Festival in New Orleans – and we will continue our focus on jobs there with the Essence Festival Career Connections............Read more.

ReMARCs: Freedom Summer - Then and Now (06.25.14)

This month marks 50 years since the seminal events of Freedom Summer helped shift the national mood around the fight for civil rights in America...........Read more.

ReMARCs: The Meaning of Fatherhood (06.13.14)

I recently read a quote from Will Smith that stated, “There's so much negative imagery of Black fatherhood. I've got tons of friends that are doing the right thing by their kids, and doing the right thing as a father - and how come that's not as newsworthy?"..............Read more.

To Be Equal is a syndicated weekly column by National Urban League President Marc H. Morial, which is distributed to more than 400 newspapers and websites nationwide. Each week's topic focuses on issues affecting both African American's and the nation as a whole. Started in 1963 by CEO Whitney M. Young, Jr., as "The Voice of Black America," the column was immediately picked up by major newspapers and radio stations across the country. Today, the To Be Equal column continues to present a unique insight on national and international issues.

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The 21st Century
Agenda for Jobs and Freedom

12 Point PlanOn December 3, 2012 and January25, 2013, Marc H. Morial, President & CEO of the National Urban League; Rev. Al Sharpton, founder and President of the National Action Network; Benjamin Jealous, President & CEO of the NAACP; and Melanie Campbell, President and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation convened nearly 60 of America's leading civil rights, social justice, business and community leaders in Washington, D.C.
Read more here.

Jobs Rebuild America

12 Point PlanOn January 07, 2013, the National Urban League announced the historic initiative, Jobs Rebuild America: Employ, Educate, Empower. The $70 million expansion will impact hundreds of jobseekers and entrepreneurs in dozens of cities; The grassroots advocacy component of the campaign promotes the need for investment in at-risk youths and young adults. The expansion comes as part of the National Urban League’s ongoing “War on Unemployment” launched in 2011. Read more here.

State of Black America

The 37th edition of the State of Black America, Redeem the Dream: Jobs Rebuild America commemorates the milestones that have occurred in black history in the 50 years since the height of the civil rights movement. This year’s publication features essays by an esteemed group of thought-leaders from leading corporations, not-for-profit organizations, academia and news media, as well as members of the President’s cabinet and federal lawmakers. here.

Available Letters of Support for Jobs Advocacy Campaign:

  1. Protect Job Training Programs from Devastating Budget Cuts: Letter of Support
  2. Restore Housing Foreclosure Funding: Letter of Support
  3. Urban Jobs Act of 2011: Letter of Support

Visit marchmorial.com for more information on the history and accomplishments of National Urban League President and CEO, Marc H. Morial.

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