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A Black History Month Message from Marc. H. Morial, President & CEO of the National Urban League

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Marc H. Morial is the President and CEO of the National Urban League, and important African American organization that often works behind the scenes on the grassroots level to advance black economic empowerment. This year marks the esteemed organization's 100th year. In a recent statement by Mr. Morial commemorating this occasion, he relates: "The National Urban League was founded in 1910 to address the needs of African Americans migrating north from the Jim Crow South in search of jobs and a better life. Unfortunately, one hundred years later, the doors of opportunity are not yet fully opened to people of color."

As part of the centennial celebration of the National Urban League, Mr. Morial is pushing his organization even harder to help the black community more fully enjoy equal economic opportunity. Having recently met with President Obama specifically to address the much higher rate of African American unemployment, Mr. Morial is taking greater steps towards initiating concrete changes. One of the new initiatives of the National Urban League is its "I Am Empowered" campaign, which focuses on five core goals of growth for the betterment of not only black, but also all Americans.

Marc. H. Morial and the National Urban League encourage all American to take the "I Am Empowered" pledge as we celebrate Black History Month and the National Urban League's 100 years of service.



Marc. H. Morial's Special Black History Month Statement to BlackVoices.com:

"This year, Black History Month takes on a special significance as the National Urban League celebrates 100 years at the forefront of the civil rights movement.

While the Centennial celebration is a time to reflect on the rich history and legacy of the National Urban league, we've chosen also to focus on creating a brighter future with our 'I Am Empowered' campaign. The National Urban League is asking America to commit to achieving four goals by 2025:

•Every American child is ready for college, work and life;

•Every American has access to jobs with a living wage and good benefits;

•Every American Lives in safe, decent, affordable and energy efficient housing on fair terms; and,

•Every American has access to quality and affordable health care solutions.

Ruth Standish Baldwin and Dr. George Edmund Haynes founded the Committee on Urban Conditions Among Negroes in 1910 to serve the millions of African Americans who fled northward to escape the economic, social and political oppression that reigned in the South. Today, local affiliates in 36 states and the District of Columbia provide direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than 2 million people nationwide.

The National Urban League is asking every American to celebrate Black History Month and our 100th anniversary by taking the pledge to commit his or her time and talent to achieving the four empowerment goals by 2025."



+ Learn More and Sign the 'I AM EMPOWERED' Pledge Today!

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