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.

Under Obama, Racial Hope But No Change

(Politico: Edward-Isaac Dovere — 8/24/14) “Things got somewhat better because the country felt proud of itself for electing him. But I certainly think they’re worse than they were on Jan. 20, 2009,” said National Urban League President Marc Morial. “There was a sense that the country had turned the corner. I think today there may be a sense that that progress has been a proverbial step forward and two steps back.”

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.

National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial issued the following statement on today's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision to expand diversity and inclusion by opening a Notice for Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the Designated Entity (DE) program (*note: Designated Entities, or DEs, are small businesses, rural telephone companies, and businesses owned by members of minority groups and women):