The National Urban League has praised the Department of Education's proposed revision to its student loan underwriting standards.  The proposed revision incorporates recommendations made earlier this year by the Urban League, HBCUs and other stakeholders to amend the interpretation of "adverse credit history" and make it easier for low-income students to obtain federal aid.    In a letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Urban League President Marc Morial wrote:

In a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial urged the agency to maintain its sports blackout rule, which he says has “worked as intended, maintaining a regulatory framework that has promoted and protected the distribution of sports programming on free, over-the-air broadcast television.”

As national civil and human rights organizations and leaders committed to the protection of the rights of African Americans and all Americans, we come together as a unified collective to urgently impress upon elected officials, law enforcement, the legal profession, businesses and all those in this nation interested in social justice, that we must not allow the killing of Michael Brown and other unarmed individuals across this nation to be in vain.

National Urban League President Marc H. Morial today issued the following statement responding to recent developments in Ferguson, MO.

The death of Michael Brown has exposed and exacerbated what is clearly a long-standing lack of trust between law enforcement and the Ferguson community.

Welcome, Urban Leaguers, to our 104th National Urban League Annual Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio!

I want to thank Mayor John Cranley and the people of this city for greeting us with open arms. Eleven years ago, we made a principled decision to pull our Annual Conference out of Cincinnati due to significant issues with police and community relations. But we made a decision to return this year largely because of the persuasive efforts of Donna Jones Baker, CEO of the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio, and immediate past mayor Mark Mallory.