Urban League Grieves Loss of Civil Rights Icon Jacqueline Berrien

NEW YORK (November 10, 2015) — The Urban League Movement across the nation is grieving the loss of trailblazing civil rights attorney Jacqueline A. Berrien, National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial said.

"Jackie embodied a passion for justice that will reverberate for generations," Morial said. "She devoted her entire career to fighting for equality and opportunity with rare fervor. Her loss is a devastating blow to the civil rights community"

Morial extended deep sympathy to Berrien's husband, Peter Williams, Executive Vice President of Programs for the NAACP and a former National Urban League staff member.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with our brother Peter and the rest of Jackie's beloved family," Morial said.


The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research and advocacy. Today, the National Urban League has 95 affiliates serving 300 communities, in 35 states and the District of Columbia, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than 2 million people nationwide. To learn more about the National Urban League, visit www.nul.org and follow us on Twitter @NatUrbanLeague.


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