Marc Morial
American politician
Marc Morial
Marc Haydel Morial is an American political and civic leader and the current president of the National Urban League. Morial served as mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana from 1994 to 2002. He is married to Michelle Miller, who has won awards as a CBS News Correspondent.
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Urban League President: Changing America's "cycle of violence"
CBS News - 5 months
Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League and former mayor of New Orleans, joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" from Washington to discuss why the Charlotte police should release video of the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, and take steps to mend the "mistrust" in America, in the wake of recent police shootings.
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Debate over Trump's role in 'birther' campaign heats up
CNN - 5 months
Jan Brewer, Marc Morial, Neera Tanden, and Kevin Madden join CNN's Jake Tapper to discuss the week's political events.
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Race in America
CBS News - almost 2 years
The National Urban League released its annual "State of Black America" report. Marc Morial, President and CEO of the civil rights organization, discusses the findings including a 40 percent gap in what it called social justice.
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Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin convicted on bribery, other charges - Washington Post
Google News - about 3 years
Wall Street Journal Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin convicted on bribery, other charges Washington Post Former New Orleans mayor C. Ray Nagin — who became the face of a desperate, drowning city during Hurricane Katrina — was convicted Wednesday on charges of accepting bribes from city contractors while in office. Nagin, a Democrat, was found guilty by ... Jury finds ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin guilty of corruption, taking bribes ...Seattle Post Intelligencer Former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial comments on Ray Nagin convictionThe Times-Picayune Morial reacts to Nagin's "campaign of corruption and self-dealing"WWL Fox News -The Beacon-Villager -Southland Times all 464 news articles »
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What's On The National Urban League's Agenda This Year?
NPR - over 3 years
Jobs are the focus of this year's National Urban League Conference in Philadelphia. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with President and CEO Marc Morial, about how the League has progressed on that front, and asks about the biggest issues facing African-Americans today. » E-Mail This     » Add to
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Why would Leon Panetta, Marc Morial join for-profit Corinthian?
LATimes - over 3 years
Corinthian Colleges operates in an industry criticized for deceptive marketing and low graduation and job placement rates. Why would two respected public figures join its board? What do Leon Panetta, Marc Morial and Corinthian Colleges have in common? Good question.     
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Fox News - almost 4 years
Unfortunately we in the media can seize on the easy and ‘run with it.’  The unemployment number released by the Labor Department is easy – we hear it is down to 7.5% from 7.6% and begin to wonder where to buy the champagne (cheap champagne…since even 7.5% means some don’t have jobs.)  We can’t stop mentioning 7.5% as though that is a reason to celebrate and yes, it is better than a greater number.  But while some are celebrating the tick down in unemployment to 7.5% (the U3 number), think about this: the U6 number (defined below) has ticked UP to 13.9% in April from 13.8% in March. Moral of the story? did deeper to see what the numbers mean. —– “…But there was an area of concern in the report as a broader rate, known as the “U-6″ for its data classification by the Labor Department, increased to 13.9% from 13.8% a month earlier. That includes everyone in the official rate plus “marginally attached workers” — those who are neither working nor looking for work, but say they want a j ...
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Politics in New Orleans: The Nagin chronicles
The Economist - about 4 years
WHEN Hurricane Katrina overwhelmed the levees and put 80% of New Orleans under water in 2005, many people saw economic opportunity in the ruins. It turns out that the city’s then mayor, Ray Nagin, may have been one of them.Some months before the storm, Mr Nagin and his sons formed a granite-countertop company called Stone Age. A grand-jury indictment last week accuses the mayor of collecting cash and gifts from businesses that wanted work in the city. Quite a reversal for a man who swept into office in 2002 promising to end the patronage and cronyism that characterised the administration of his predecessor, Marc Morial—who, by contrast, has never been charged with anything.According to prosecutors, Mr Nagin persuaded an engineering firm to pay him $72,500 in exchange for a steady stream of city contracts. Another CEO paid Mr Nagin $50,000 and gave Stone Age two truckloads of free granite for a pledge of help from the mayor. A cinema owner who was deeply in arrears to the city allegedly ...
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The Road Forward: Black America Struggles To Get On Obama Agenda
Huffington Post - about 4 years
WASHINGTON -- Less than a month after President Barack Obama won his second term, the National Urban League summoned Bernard Anderson to a meeting in the capital. The invitation was no surprise. Anderson is a giant: an economist and prominent author, the first African American granted tenure at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, a former assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Labor and chair of the National Urban League's Council of Economic Advisers. The real surprise was the meeting agenda: not to celebrate Obama's historic victory, but to develop a strategy forcing him to pay more attention to Black America. Anderson was one of more than 40 civil rights, social justice, health care, business and community development leaders in attendance. And at that Dec. 3 gathering just across Lafayette Square from the White House, no single issue occupied more time or generated more discussion than Anderson's report on the fragile economic status of black ...
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Susan Buchanan: New Orleans Rosenwald Center, Opened For African Americans During Segregation, To Be Rebuilt
Huffington Post - about 4 years
(This article was published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Jan. 14, 2013 edition.) On South Broad and Earhart in New Orleans, the Rosenwald Center--the city's only major recreation facility for African American youth during racial segregation--was torn down last week to be replaced by a new one next year. The Katrina-damaged center was built in 1950 during the four terms of Mayor Chep Morrison, who supported recreation but not integration. The city's white youth, with access to ten such facilities in the1950s and early 1960s, were better served. Desegregation got under way in the South in the late 1950s but didn't start in the Crescent City until 1960. Decades later, Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA said the Rosenwald gymnasium, destroyed in Katrina, was eligible for replacement with federal dollars. Mayor Mitch Landrieu included Rosenwald in his list of a hundred recovery projects, announced in late 2010. The old center, run by the New Orleans Recreati ...
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Rev. Al Sharpton: If We Did Not Share in the Prosperity, Why Should We Have to Share in the Sacrifice?
Huffington Post - about 4 years
When the great recession of 2008 struck, it hit some of us harder than others. Middle class families, the poor, people of color and the workers of America suffered the most, while those that caused the crisis were largely unscathed -- many even increased their wealth. Today, when we are in danger of going over the notorious fiscal cliff, some repeatedly speak of 'shared sacrifice.' But when the top 2 percent were enjoying their tax breaks and stockpiling their prosperity, there was no sharing with the masses. And instead, these individuals and groups now have the audacity to ask seniors, minorities, folks whose children fought in our wars, the disenfranchised and the most vulnerable among us to sacrifice some more. Does that seem fair to you? On Monday, I was in the nation's capital with Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, Ben Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP, and Melanie Campbell, the Executive Director of the National Coalition on Blac ...
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Black Voters Look To Leverage Their Loyalty To President Obama
Huffington Post - over 4 years
WASHINGTON -- When black voters gave President Barack Obama 93 percent support on Election Day in defiance of predictions that they might sit it out this year, black leaders breathed a collective sigh of relief. That encouraged those leaders to try to leverage more attention from both Obama and Congress. Although they waver over how much to demand from the president – particularly in light of defeated GOP challenger Mitt Romney's assertion that Obama gave "gifts" to minorities in exchange for their votes – they are delivering postelection wish lists to the president anyway. "I think the president heard us loud and clear. The collective message was, `Let's build on where we already are,'" the Rev. Al Sharpton told reporters after a White House meeting last week with a collection of advocates representing largely Democratic constituencies. Specifically, Sharpton said, that means keeping the brunt of the looming "fiscal cliff" of tax increases and spending cuts of ...
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Urban School Leaders Conference: On Bringing "Extra"
Education Week - over 4 years
Guest blog post by Jaclyn Zubrzycki @jzubrzycki Indianapolis, Ind. Superintendents, school board members, and school leaders from the nation's cities gathered in Indianapolis this week for the 56th annual fall conference of the Council of the Great City Schools. One of the conference's keynotes came from New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who's been writing a lot about winning, losing, and change. Friedman spoke about globalization, technology, and the United States' role on the world stage, drawing from his new book, That Used To Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back. He said that his research has led him to believe that the nation is at risk of losing its global position if it does not improve the academic performance of its lowest-achieving students. But he said there needs to be just as much focus on fostering the imagination, creativity, and soft skills of all. "Average is dead," he said. Friedman spoke today ...
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Nike Cuts Price of LeBron James Sneakers to $270
Fox Business News - over 4 years
National Urban League CEO Marc Morial on the high price of Nike’s LeBron James sneakers.
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Video: Protests grow over Nike's new $300 Lebron X sneaker
CBS News - over 4 years
Nike is coming under fire for its new Lebron X basketball sneaker. In a tough economy, there are calls for the company to not even put the shoe on the market. Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, talks to Anthony Mason and Rebecca Jarvis about the controversy.
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Erica Nicole: What Small Business Owners Can Learn From Nike's Lebron X Brand Pricing Controversy
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
The clothing, footwear, sportswear, and equipment giant, Nike, is under scrutiny over a recently announced product line -- the LeBron X, which is slated to hit stores this fall, with shoes that will retail at a $315 price point -- the most expensive shoe marketed by the company to date. The specific LeBron X version (in current debate) is estimated to comprise twenty percent of sales coupled with a standard (lower-priced) offering. Nike spokesman Brian Strong recently clarified that the main version of the shoe would come at a significantly lower price point. "The LeBron X will be launched in the fall at a suggested retail price of $180," Strong said, in a statement. "The initial introduction of the LeBron X will be the red, white and blue Nike+ enabled version and that price is still being set, but will be at a higher price to reflect the Nike+ technology embedded in the shoes." Nike’s LeBron X Controversy Loyal Nike customers await the new launch with ba ...
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The importance of the black swing vote
CNN - over 4 years
National Urban League's Marc Morial on a new survey on how the African American vote could impact the election.
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Civil rights group warns drop in black turnout to 2004 levels could hurt Obama in key states
Fox News - over 4 years
One of the country's oldest civil rights groups says President Barack Obama may have a tougher time winning at least three battleground states in November should black voter turnout fall at least 5 percentage points below the record levels that helped to put him in the White House. Black voter turnout of 64.7 percent was a significant factor in Obama's victory in 2008, and African Americans are considered solidly behind Obama now. But having achieved the milestone of electing Obama as the nation's first black president, black voters may be less motivated to return to the polls in droves again, the National Urban League said in a report to be released Tuesday. Assuming no change in 2008 voting patterns, Urban League researchers said, black turnout at about 60 percent or below could cost Obama North Carolina and make it difficult for him to win Ohio and Virginia. In addition to diminished voter enthusiasm, the still-ailing economy, persistent high unemploy ...
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Marc Morial, Urban League president: Santorum 'black welfare' comment is 'racist pandering'
The Grio - about 5 years
theGRIO REPORT - National Urban League president <a class="fplink fp-182919" href="/marc+morial">Marc Morial</a> blasted Republican presidential candidate <a class="fplink fp-233384" href="/rick+santorum">Rick Santorum</a> on Tuesday, accusing him of 'racist pandering' for saying he 'doesn't want to improve black people's lives with other people's money'...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Marc Morial
  • 2012
    Age 54
    In 2012, Morial was appointed to the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability.
    More Details Hide Details Morial serves as an Executive Committee member of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the Black Leadership Forum, and Leadership 18, and is a Board Member of the Muhammad Ali Center, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
  • 2011
    Age 53
    Morial was mentioned as a possible candidate for Governor of Louisiana in the 2011 election.
    More Details Hide Details He did not run for the seat. Morial served as a member of the Debt Reduction Task Force at the Bipartisan Policy Center.
  • 2003
    Age 45
    After serving as mayor, Morial was selected as President and CEO of the National Urban League, one of the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organizations. His tenure began on May 15, 2003.
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  • 2002
    Age 44
    Like his father, Dutch Morial, Marc Morial made an attempt to amend the city charter to run for a third term as mayor in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details It was tied to his campaign to save the New Orleans Public School System by assuming control of the city's public schools to turn around their performance. He was trying the approach of other mayors, such as Richard M. Daley in Chicago. But, 61% of the voters rejected the proposed amendment to the New Orleans City Charter.
  • 2001
    Age 43
    From 2001 to 2002, Morial was President of the United States Conference of Mayors.
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    Two accomplishments of his administration dealt with professional sports: NBA basketball returned to the city after Morial orchestrated negotiations for the league's Charlotte Hornets to relocate there. Secondly, following the September 11, 2001 attacks, Morial persuaded the organizers of a large automotive exposition to change its date so that Super Bowl XXXVI (held at the Louisiana Superdome) could be played one week later than originally scheduled, enabling the NFL to keep its post-season tournament fully intact.
    More Details Hide Details The week of regular-season games slated to be played on the weekend following the attacks had to be postponed and was transferred to the end of the regular season.
  • 1998
    Age 40
    In the 1998 Mayoral Election, Morial received 79% of the votes, while his opponents Paul D. Borrello received 1% and Kathleen Cresson received 20%.
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    Based on his achievements in reducing crime and reforming the police department, Morial easily won re-election to a second term in 1998 New Orleans Mayoral Election.
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    He ran again in 1998 and was re-elected.
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  • 1994
    Age 36
    In the 1994 election for mayor, Morial defeated Donald Mintz with 54% of the vote.
    More Details Hide Details He campaigned with the promise to “clean out City Hall with a shovel not a broom.” The issue of endemic corruption in the city's Police Department was addressed after Morial hired Richard Pennington as Police Superintendent. On Pennington's first day of work, Morial introduced the new superintendent to investigators from the FBI. Together they worked to rout out corruption in the New Orleans Police Department. During the first seven years of his time as mayor, Morial’s approval rating stayed at or near 70%, and near 100% at all times among black residents. The growth of the city's tourist and convention sector accelerated appreciably during Morial's mayoralty, boosted in part by the general economic growth of the United States in the late 1990s. Tourism boomed during Marc Morial's mayoralty; the city’s downtown core saw the construction of 14 new hotels during his tenure. This development was due in part to the much-publicized reduction in New Orleans’ high crime rate through the effective leadership of Morial’s Superintendent of Police, Richard Pennington. Of particular significance was the 60% reduction achieved in the city’s violent crime rate. These real gains enabled a resurgence of interest and investment in the city's older historic neighborhoods. New Orleans benefited from an increase in downtown population. The number of households within the city limits stabilized for the first time since beginning their decline in the 1960s, a significant accomplishment. Morial also secured bond issues for street improvements, the Canal Street streetcar line, and an expansion of the city’s convention center.
    One of his opponents in the 1994 mayoral election was Mitch Landrieu, also the son of a former mayor. Landrieu was elected Mayor of New Orleans in 2010.
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    He ran for mayor of New Orleans in 1994 and followed his father by being elected.
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    He won and served until 1994.
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    Morial served as mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana, from 1994 to 2002.
    More Details Hide Details He is married to Michelle Miller, who has won awards as a CBS News Correspondent. Marc Morial grew up in the Seventh Ward in New Orleans. He is the son of New Orleans' first African-American mayor, Ernest N. "Dutch" Morial, and teacher Sybil (Haydel) Morial. He is the second of five children.
  • 1990
    Age 32
    After an unsuccessful run for Congress in 1990, in which he came in second place and was defeated in a runoff by Bill Jefferson, Morial ran for the Louisiana State Senate in 1992.
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  • 1986
    Age 28
    Morial opened a private law practice in New Orleans. He also served as a board member for the Louisiana American Civil Liberties Union from 1986 to 1988.
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  • 1983
    Age 25
    Morial then earned a Juris Doctor degree in 1983 from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
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  • 1976
    Age 18
    Morial graduated from Jesuit High School in 1976, then received a bachelor's degree in economics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 1980.
    More Details Hide Details Morial joined Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
  • 1958
    Age 0
    Born on January 3, 1958.
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