Author Archives: Marc H. Morial

  • Stop the War on Young Black Men

    “Never did we think we would be planning a funeral, we were waiting on his first day of school. They robbed us of that.” Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown. “In too many communities around the country, a gulf of mistrust exists between local residents and law enforcement. In too many ...

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  • To Be Equal

    "Affluent Americans would do quite well. But for tens of millions of others, the Ryan plan is a path to more adversity." Robert Greenstein, president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities In the same week that we marked the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther ...

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  • To Be Equal

    "We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community … Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own." Cesar Chavez While it is commonly thought that the Civil ...

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  • The Great Divide of Income Inequality

    “Income inequality” has become the political buzzword of 2014. Most recently, in his State of the Union address this week President Obama made it a central theme of his second term. Both progressive Democrats and conservative Republicans in Congress are making the issue a focus of ...

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  • To Be Equal: The Life and Legacy of Amiri Baraka

    “Art is a weapon in the struggle of ideas, the class struggle.” —Amiri Baraka With the Jan. 9 passing of the prolific poet, playwright, essayist, and critic Amiri Baraka, one of the literary giants of the 20th century was called home. Along with offering condolences to his ...

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  • Is America Becoming a Nation of Bullies?

    “Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior in which someone intentionally and repeatedly causes another person injury or discomfort. Bullying can take the form of physical contact, words or more subtle actions.”  American Psychological Association When 12-year-old Rebecca ...

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  • The Year of the Black Quarterback

    Sports is one of the most race-neutral meritocracies in America. From the record-shattering feats of Jesse Owens to the transcendent accomplishments of Serena and Venus Williams, there is no doubt that African Americans can excel at the highest levels in any sport if given a chance. ...

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  • New Fed Chair Needs to Back Main Street

    “The Federal Reserve Chairman is not only one of the most important economic policymakers in America, he or she is one of the most important policymakers in the world.”    President Barack Obama Welcome to the season of big decisions in Washington. In the coming days, ...

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  • To Be Equal

    “As of 2004, more black men were denied the right to vote because of a criminal record than in 1870, when the Fifteenth Amendment was ratified, giving blacks the right to vote.” Joshua Dubois, former director of President Obama’s Office of Faith-Based Initiatives As the ...

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  • Supreme Court Must Keep Affirmative Action Alive

    “The enduring hope is that race should not matter; the reality is that too often it does.” -        Anthony Kennedy, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Soon, in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the U.S. Supreme Court may issue a ruling ...

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  • Class of 2013: Courage, Choice and Compassion

    “Raise your eyes now, and look from the place where you are…for all the land that you see I will give to you.”  Genesis 13: 14-15 University commencement season is a time of high hopes and great celebration. I was again reminded of that when I delivered the commencement ...

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