Press Releases

Urban League Praises Introduction of Early Education Bill

The National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial today pairsed the introduction of The Strong Start for America’s Children Act, hwich provides investments and support for early childhood education.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns, National Urban League, VoteVets Release Report Showing 'Stand Your Ground' Laws Have Increased Homicides and Complicated Prosecutions

Analysis Finds Sharp Jump in Homicides – Justifiable and Overall – After Passage of NRA-Endorsed Legislation in Many States, With African Americans Affected Most

Senate Judiciary Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on September 17th

Report Finds Stand Your Ground Laws Increase Gun Deaths--African Americans Affected Most

Analysis of Stand Your Ground Laws Shows Rise in Overall Homicides

In advance of this week’s U.S. Senate hearing on Stand Your Ground laws, and the anticipated testimony of Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, an analysis of these laws finds staggering increase homicides—both justifiable and overall, with the greatest impact felt by African Americans.

CHSE’s Analysis of Waivers Raises Serious Questions

The Campaign for High School Equity today released a white paper that raises serious questions about state accountability plans under the ESEA waiver program of the U.S. Department of Education.

Study Finds Health Disparities Cost the U.S. $82B in Higher Healthcare Spending and Lost Productivity

A report released today by the National Urban League Policy Institute ( found that African-Americans continue to pay a disproportionate price for health disparities, spending $54.9 billion of the total $82.2 billion for the U.S. in healthcare costs and lost productivity.

The Drum Majors for Justice Celebration

National Urban League and Memorial Foundation Jointly Hosted
"Drum Majors for Justice Celebration" on Friday, August 23rd, 2013

National Urban League Responds to FCC Ruling on Prison Phones

National Urban League President & CEO Marc H. Morial today issued the following statement in response to the FCC order on Interstate Inmate Calling Service Rates.
“Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn and the FCC are to be commended for voting today to bring balance to the needs of inmate families—especially the 2.7 million children in the U.S. with an incarcerated parent—with service providers by setting reasonable telephone rates that will remove the financial burden from families trying to support their incarcerated loved ones.

Letter to the Department of Justice Regarding the Trayvon Martin Case

The Urban League joined other leading civil rights and social justice organizations in calling on Attory General Eric Holder to pursue a civil rights investigation against George Zimmerman.

Statement from Marc H. Morial on White House Meeting on the Voting Rights Act

Statement from Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, re: Today's White House Meeting on the Voting Rights Act:

Earlier today, President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, Labor Secretary Tom Perez, and White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett held a meeting with civil rights leaders as well as state and local elected officials at the White House to discuss strengthening the Voting Rights Act and safeguarding every eligible American’s right to vote.

National Urban League Statement for the Hearing Record -- House Voting Rights Hearing

Chairman Franks, Ranking Member Nadler, members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to present our views on what must be the highest priority for this Congress and our nation - preserving our democratic process by restoring the protections of the Voting Rights Act. Vital protections that were stripped by the U.S. Supreme Court in its devastating 5-4 decision on June 25, 2013, in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder.