Marc H. Morial President and CEO National Urban League “The equity gap is calculated not just on the basis of what the black female corporate lawyer makes, compared with her counterpart within the firm, but it looks at the median average salary … What is really bringing that wage gap down are the women on the low end. Black women are underrepresented in corporate and professional roles - what is it, 8 percent of us in corporate sector jobs? 2 percent in leadership positions? - despite the fact that we are the most educated group as a segment of the population. Where are we showing up mainly? In low-wage jobs. We make up 40% of health aides in America. You know what the average wage is for health aides? $21,000 ...

From the Desk of Marc Morial: National Urban League l week was honored to participate in the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference. Focused on the theme of “The Dream Still Demands,” the conference is one of the nation’s most significant policy gatherings on issues impacting African Americans and the global Black community. During the session titled “Transforming Moments into Movements: Mobilizing the Black Community for Sustainable Change,” we announced our new voter education and engagement campaign, Enough is Enough. VOTE! Other important policy discussions focused on amplifying the voice of formerly incarcerated individuals in civic life and the imperative to ensure an accurate count of communities of color in the 2020 Census. We thank the CBC Foundation for organizing and promoting this dynamic and productive event! - Marc ...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WASHINGTON, DC (March 7, 2018)  National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial today sent a letter to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson imploring that he reinstate in the anti-discrimination language that was recently removed from HUD's mission statement. In the letter, Morial states, You have spoken of the squalid conditions of your childhood neighborhood in Boston; you have experienced first-hand the demoralizing wounds of segregation and racism, and for a time, according to your spokesman, benefitted from the safety net of housing subsidy. You must bring these experiences to bear in your responsibility to uphold the duties of your office. A drastic change to the department's mission statement is a move that should not be made lightly, or in haste. Before accepting this change, you must confer with your staff in the field, and HUD stakeholders, who must live with the consequences...

For Immediate Release Center for Responsible Lending & National Urban League Report Shows Senators Proposal Would Cost More, Deliver Less WASHINGTON, DC (March 1, 2018)  A new research report by the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) and National Urban League critiques a legislative discussion draft by U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) to restructure the nation's housing finance system, and it criticizes recently published papers supporting it. CRL and the National Urban League's report finds that the proposed legislation repeals the important public interest mandates within the current system and replaces them with weak incentives that will greatly harm the overall housing market. The report also finds that cost assumptions in the paper supporting the legislation are incorrect and once corrected will drive up costs for lower-wealth borrowers. The new report, Senate GSE Reform Proposal: A Blow to Affordable Housing and Harmful to the Overall Housing Market, is jointly authored by...

All Americans would suffer under the tax scheme being debated in Congress, but the strain on communities of color would be enormous. Still suffering the fallout of the 2008 global financial and housing crisis, the long-term decline of manufacturing jobs, and the sharp curtailment of public spending since 2011, America's communities of color do not need to see the ladder to the middle class pulled farther out of reach. Watch Marc Morial and a panel of experts discuss at the Center for American Progress. [embed]https://youtu.be/n0tBS9kQIUA[/embed]...

WASHINGTON, DC (December 2, 2017) Last night, National Urban League President and CEO, Marc H. Morial and Winston-Salem Urban League President and CEO, James Perry, released the following statements expressing opposition to the Senate's passage of the so-called "tax reform" bill: Marc Morial: "Despite widespread opposition and public outcry, tonight the U.S. Senate passed a dangerous tax package that directly undermines the economic advancement of low- and middle-income Americans through cuts to key programs and services. "To be clear, this is not a tax reform bill. What the Senate passed without fully reading is a massive giveaway for millionaires, billionaires, and corporations that will ultimately increase the hardship of ordinary American families, while also triggering crippling effects on the U.S. economy. "This is also another move in a string of disturbing partisan actions that prioritizes the wants of a few over the needs of many. "The National Urban League will continue to oppose this sham...

Joint Statement on Charlottesville from the Winston-Salem Branch of the NAACP and Winston-Salem Urban League. We condemn the Alt-Right's violent expressions of racism, anti-Semitism and Islamaphobia. The Alt-Right's rhetoric and actions have been of consistent concern. But this past weekend, a short three and a half hours from Winston-Salem, the Alt-Right positioned themselves as the deadly central voice of the modern neo-Nazi movement. The Winston-Salem branch NAACP and the Winston-Salem Urban League are united in support of civil rights organizers opposing the Alt-Right on the ground in Charlottesville. We are prepared to oppose the movement here in Winston-Salem. Winston-Salem branch NAACP President, Rev. Alvin Carlisle said, "Bigotry and hate have no place in our communities. We stand arm in arm with all who reject racism, anti-Semitism and Islamaphobia." Winston-Salem Urban League CEO James Perry said, "The rise of the Alt-Right is not unique to Charlottesville. This a local, regional and national issue of concern....

Winston-Salem(July 9, 2016)  Winston-Salem Urban League President and CEO James Perry issued the following statement in regard to the deaths of African-American men in Baton Rouge, LA and St. Paul, at the hands of police and the deadly attacks on police officers in Dallas, Tx: "As a former Louisianan, I was horrified to see the video of the death of Alton Sterling. I have stood on the very corner in Baton Rouge where he died. Seeing the video of the aftermath of the death of Philando Castile, another African-American man at the hands of police in St. Paul in what should have been an everyday traffic stop, only exacerbated my frustration and the frustration of many across this nation. Unfortunately, this is not new. What is new, is social media's ability to broadcast these occurrences in realtime. Everyday interactions with police in poor, black and latino neighborhoods should not result in death....