Marc H. Morial is president and CEO of the National Urban League, the nation's largest historic Civil Rights and Urban Advocacy organization. In this role, Morial has served as the primary catalyst for an era of change – a transformation for the nearly 100 year old civil rights organization. His energetic and skilled leadership has expanded the NUL's work around an empowerment agenda, which is redefining civil rights in the 21st century with a renewed emphasis on closing the economic gaps for all Americans, rich and poor. He has served as a Louisiana state senator, mayor of New Orleans, and as president of the bi-partisan U.S. Conference of Mayors, where he served during the 9/11 crisis and championed the creation of the Department of Homeland Security. Morial has been recognized as one of the "100 Most Influential Black Americans" by Ebony Magazine, as well as one of the " Top 50 Nonprofit Executives" by the Nonprofit Times.
Since 1993, Loyola has sponsored an annual convocation in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., to provide a forum for all members of the greater Baltimore community to come together to explore the issues of social justice, politics, racial identity, and spirituality. Previous Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation speakers include filmmaker Spike Lee, University of Pennsylvania professor Michael Eric Dyson, singer Bernice Johnson Reagon, author Nell Irvin Painter, and University of Maryland professor Sheri Parks.