PINE BLUFF, AR – Entrepreneur, Lawyer, and Legislator Marc Morial will serve as the keynote speaker for the annual Black History Month assembly at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). The free, public event will take place Thursday, February 14 at 11:00 a.m. in the J.M. Ross Theatre of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts building.

Lauded as one of the most accomplished servant-leaders in the nation, Morial served as President and CEO of the National Urban League since 2003 and has been the primary catalyst for an era of change – a transformation for the 105-year old civil rights organization. His energetic and skilled leadership has expanded the League’s work around an empowerment agenda, which is redefining civil rights in the 21st century with a renewed emphasis on closing the economic gaps between white and blacks, as well as other communities of color, and rich and poor Americans.

Under his leadership, 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 non-profit resources to create economic opportunity in 50 cities across the country through the Urban League affiliate network.

His creativity has led to initiatives such as the Urban Youth Empowerment Program to assist young adults in securing sustainable jobs and Entrepreneurship Centers in 10 cities to help the growth of small businesses. Also, Morial helped create the Urban Empowerment Fund, which will lend urban impact businesses, and helped created the League’s New Markets Tax Credits initiative, which has resulted in $1 billion in community investment via urban impact businesses, including minority business, through both debt and equity investments.

As mayor of New Orleans, Moral was a popular chief executive with a broad multi-racial coalition who led New Orleans’ 1990 renaissance and left office with a 70% approval rating.

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 the age of 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 of Louisiana, where he taught Constitutional Law and Business Law.

As a Louisiana state senator, Morial was named Legislative Rookie of the Year, Education Senator of the Year, and Environmental Senator of the Year, while authoring laws on a wide range of important subjects.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics and African American Studies, he also holds a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., as well as numerous honorary degree including Xavier University and Howard University.

Under appointment by President Obama, Morial has served as Chair of the Census Advisory Committee, a member of the President’s Advisory Committee on Financial Capability, and on the Department of Education’s Equity and Excellence Commission. He was also appointed to the Twenty-First Century Workforce Commission by President Bill Clinton.

Morial has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential Black Americans by Ebony Magazine, one of the Top 50 Nonprofit Executives by the Nonprofit Times, and one of the Top 100 Black Lawyers in America.

For more information about the event, contact the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership at 870-575-7061.

BOWIE, MD – Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the nation’s largest civil rights organization, the National Urban League, will address about 380 Bowie State University graduates and their families at the winter commencement. The ceremony is set to take place Friday, December 15, 2017, at 10 a.m. on campus at Bowie State’s Leonidas S. James Physical Education Complex.

One of Bowie State’s oldest living alumni, Helen Neal, 88, of Ellicott City, Marland, will also be honored at the commencement.

According to a press release from the university, Morial is a dedicated servant leader with a professional career that has spanned 25 years. Since 2003, he has been the primary catalyst for transformation of the 107-year-old organization. His energetic and skilled leadership has expanded the League’s 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 communities of color, as well as rich and poor Americans.

Under his stewardship, the League has experienced record fundraising success toward a $280 million, five-year goal. The League also launched a historic $100 million, five-year “Jobs Rebuild America: Educate, Employ, Empower” initiative – a solutions-based, comprehensive approach to the nation’s employment and education crisis.

His creativity has led to initiatives such as the Urban Youth Empowerment Program to help young adults secure sustainable jobs and Entrepreneurship Centers in 13 cities to grow small businesses. Morial also helped established the New Markets Tax Credits initiative, which as resulted in $1 billion in community investment through urban impact businesses.

Before joining the National Urban League, Morial was mayor of New Orleans. A popular chief executive with a broad multi-racial coalition, he led his city’s 1990s renaissance and passionately attacked its vast urban problems.

He was named one of the 100 most influential Black Americans by Ebony magazine, one of the Top 50 Nonprofit Executives by the Nonprofit Times, and one of the Top 100 Black Lawyers in America. He holds a law degree from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in economics and African American studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

For more information regarding Bowie State University’s winter commencement, visit bowiestate.edu/commencement.

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