December 7, 2014 |
Leaders of the National Urban League announced a $1 million grant to the organization's Philadelphia chapter and voiced concern Friday about fatal shootings by police in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City that have sparked protests over the last two weeks. With Mayor Nutter and U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) standing by, Marc H. Morial, president of the league, announced that the chapter would receive the five-year commitment to boost its programs for job-seekers, entrepreneurs, and youth development.
December 8, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA The president and CEO of the Urban League of Philadelphia, Patricia A. Coulter, is stepping down in June after 13 years, a tenure in which she raised the organization's profile and oversaw the move of its headquarters from North Philadelphia to Center City. Coulter, who said she was leaving to be closer to her family, said Wednesday that she would serve through the end of 2014 as a consultant for the Philadelphia chapter of the national organization, founded in 1910 to promote civil rights and economic empowerment among African Americans.
August 24, 2013 |
Fifty years ago, when he was a 26-year-old union organizer in New York, Henry Nicholas led 5,000 hospital workers to Washington, where they would hear the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. grip the nation's attention with one of history's greatest speeches. "We were one of the biggest infrastructures at the last march," he recalled this week. "I was closing in on my 27th birthday. " Now president of AFSCME District 1199C, Nicholas and more than 40 buses filled with union members and their families will return to Washington on Saturday for what organizers described as a "continuation" of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
July 28, 2013 |
Fifty years after the historic March on Washington, a panel of key black leaders in Philadelphia on Friday said the most important issues facing African Americans are the need for jobs, improvements in education, and preserving the right to vote. At the National Urban League's conference at the Convention Center, leaders including the Rev. Al Sharpton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Urban League president and CEO Marc Morial addressed those issues during a panel discussion entitled "50 Years and Marching On. " "Black unemployment has not decreased," Sharpton said after a question from the moderator, the journalist George Curry.
July 25, 2013 |
Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, will speak with attendees of the National Urban League's annual conference in Philadelphia on Friday. With Attorney General Eric Holder and the Rev. Al Sharpton also scheduled to attend the conference, the outcome of the George Zimmerman trial promises to take center stage during the four-day gathering at the Convention Center. Fulton will speak at the group's luncheon at noon Friday. Sharpton, whose National Action Network brought attention to the Zimmerman case, is also scheduled to be there.
July 23, 2013 |
At a time when economic and civil rights issues are at the forefront in the news, the National Urban League will hold its annual conference in Philadelphia, marking key anniversaries in African American history. The theme of the group's conference, which runs from Wednesday through Saturday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, is "Redeem the Dream: Jobs Rebuild America. " The event marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, at which the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech, and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
July 20, 2013 |
Former professional players Bo Kimble, Paul Graham, Patrick McFarland, Kenny Battle, and Rich Rinaldi will take part in a free youth basketball and life skills clinic Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rambler Recreation Center, H and Tioga Streets in Kensington. The clinic is part of a 14-city tour called Full Court Press: Prep for Success that is aimed at mentoring at-risk youngsters. The National Basketball Retired Players Association, the Police Athletic League, and the National Urban League collaborated on the event.
July 19, 2013
THE NATIONAL Basketball Retired Players Association is holding a youth basketball and life skills clinic today at the Rambler Recreation Center, 851 East Tioga St. Five former pro players, including Bo Kimble, will provide instruction. Joining Kimble will be Philadelphia natives Paul Graham and Pat McFarland, who played for the Atlanta Hawks and Denver Nuggets, respectively. Former NBA players Kenny Battle, of the Phoenix Suns, and Rich Rinaldi, of the Baltimore Bullets, also will participate.
November 6, 2012 |
KENNETH DEAN DAY, a volunteer for the Urban League of Philadelphia, doesn't use the same old jargon to urge folks to vote. Day has his own spin, especially when chatting up young men between 18 and 21. "You've got to make voting sexy," he said, explaining his strategy to the Daily News at a get-out-the-vote rally Sunday at the National Constitution Center. "I tell them, 'C'mon down. Dress real nice. Treat it like you're going to a club. Put on some cologne.' Women just love guys who vote.
January 6, 2012
He probably said "blah. " That is how Rick Santorum is describing a remark that infuriated leaders of the NAACP and National Urban League. Reporters at a campaign stop in Iowa on Sunday quoted Santorum as discussing food stamps and saying, "I don't want to make black people's lives better by giving them somebody else's money. I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money and provide for themselves and their families. " On CNN Wednesday night, Santorum called it a "tongue-tied moment," saying he didn't remember saying "black" and believed he had said "blah" while deciding what to say. - Inquirer staff