National Urban League CEO to deliver 21st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation
Loyola University Maryland welcomes Marc Morial, president and chief executive officer of the National Urban League, for the 21st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at 7 p.m. in McGuire Hall.
In his address, Morial will discuss this year’s theme “The 21st Century Civil Rights Movement,” which was inspired by the words of acclaimed author and civil rights activist W.E.B. DuBois. In celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. King and his non-violent advocacy for equality, Morial will examine contemporary civil rights issues and reflect on how those issues have impacted the National Urban League’s mission and the mission of other social leadership groups.
Morial has led the National Urban League, the nation’s largest civil rights organization, since 2003. Prior to his current role, Morial found success in myriad high-profile positions in the public and private sector. As an entrepreneur, he started several successful small businesses, including an apparel wholesale company, a special events company, and a janitorial company. As a lawyer, Morial won the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico Award for his legal service to the poor and disadvantaged. He was also one of the youngest lawyers, at age 26, to argue and win a major case before the Louisiana Supreme Court. As a professor, Morial served on the adjunct faculty of Xavier University in Louisiana, where he taught constitutional law and business law.
His policies during his two terms as mayor of New Orleans contributed to dramatic reductions in violent crime and the city’s unemployment rate. He was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 2001 and served until he left the mayor’s office at the end of his second term in 2002.
Under his leadership, the National Urban League has expanded its work around an empowerment agenda, which is redefining civil rights in the 21st century with a renewed emphasis on closing the economic gaps between whites and blacks as well as rich and poor Americans.
Morial is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and holds a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.
About Loyola’s MLK Convocation:
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 journalist Jose Antonio Vargas.