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ReMARCs: Big news for Obama-National Urban League, President Marc Morial

 

The opening address at the National Urban League’s 2012 Conference will be delivered by President Barack Obama.
 
The President will address the Conference on Wednesday, July 25, at the Ernest N. Moral Convention Center.

We’re thrilled and proud to welcome the President to our Annual Conference for the third time. It has become a tradition for Presidents and major-party candidates to address the conference, not only to share their agenda for the nation, but also to hear ours.”
 
National Urban League Annual Conference occupies a singular echelon in America’s cultural and political discourse. The nation’s largest civil rights and social justice conference attracts thousands of the nation’s most influential community leaders, together with top policy-makers, academicians, business leaders and artists for three days of dynamic dialogue, intellectual exchange and community service. 
 
The Conference has been the only event of its kind to feature both major-party presidential nominees during each of the last several elections and attracted a majority of primary contenders in 2008, including Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and Mike Huckabee.  In 2004, both George H. W. Bush and John Kerry addressed the Conference.  Additionally, leading elected officials and cabinet secretaries have chosen to break major announcements at the conference.  Education Secretary Arne Duncan, for example, unveiled the administration’s Equity Agenda during the 2010 Conference.
 
This year’s conference theme, “Occupy the Vote : Employment and Education Empower the Nation,” represents an unprecedented mobilization to influence public policy through grassroots political action.  Workshops, panel discussions and policy sessions are built around the Urban League Movement’s agenda to address the twin crises of unemployment and educational inequity.

For more information, click here.
To Be Equal: 

 40th Anniversary of Equal Academic and Athletic Access


No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

- Title IX

Last week, the nation celebrated the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the landmark Education Amendments of 1972, which mandate that girls and women receive equal access to academic and athletic opportunities in our nation’s schools and colleges.  A White House press release notes that, "At a time when many universities barred the admission of women and when female sports teams were scarce, Title IX marked a momentous shift for women’s equality in classrooms, on playing fields, and in communities throughout our nation.”

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From the Road: 

Urban League and Carolina Premier Bank Launch New Innovative Bank for the Underserved

The Bank of the Urban League of Central Carolinas (Charlotte, NC), A Division of Carolina Premier Bank, will open this summer at the Urban League of Central Carolinas’ headquarters to serve individuals and businesses traditionally left out of mainstream banking. 

Customers will be able to open accounts regardless of credit and receive financial coaches with an electronic banking product that is the most affordable in the community.

Click here to read the full article.
Coming Up: 

Occupy the Vote at 2012 Annual Conference

Elected officials, legal experts and voting activists will gather to discuss ways to confront the threats to voting rights represented by restrictive new state voting laws. The theme of the  National Urban League 2012 Conference, July 25 through 28 in New Orleans, is Occupy the Vote: Employment and Education Empower the Nation. For more information,click here
 

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