National Urban League President to Speak at VUU Community Leaders Breakfast

November 02, 2016


Kiara McGowan-Powell

Social Media and Public Relations Coordinator

Virginia Union University

(804) 257-5856

RICHMOND, Va – Marc Morial, President, and CEO of the National Urban League, has been confirmed as the speaker for Virginia Union University’s Community Leaders Breakfast on January 13, 2017.

With a distinguished professional career spanning 25 years, Morial is considered one of the most accomplished servant-leaders in the nation.  The former mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana has led the National Urban League since 2003.  During his tenure, the League has had considerable fundraising success, raising $280 million over five years.  Due to Morial’s creativity, initiatives such as the Urban Youth Empowerment Program and Entrepreneurship Centers have been created to assist young adults in securing sustainable jobs and grow small business in 10 cities across the U.S.

Under his stewardship, the League launched a historic $100 million, five-year “Jobs Rebuild America: Educate, Employ, Empower” initiative in 2013 – a solutions-based, comprehensive approach to the nation’s employment and education crisis that brings together federal government, business, and nonprofit resources to create economic opportunity in 50 cities across the country through the Urban League affiliate network.   

As mayor of New Orleans, Morial was part of a multi-racial coalition that led New Orleans’ 1990’s renaissance.  He left office with a 70 percent approval rating. At age 26, he was one of the youngest lawyers 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.

This is the 39th year for Virginia Union’s Community Leaders Breakfast, which honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  It takes place at 7:30 am and will be held in the Claude G. Perkins Living and Learning Center. Tickets are $50, with sponsorships available. Please call (804) 342-3938 for more information. Click here to register.