Message From Our President

Message From Our President

NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE CONFERENCE, NATION’S PREMIER CIVIL RIGHTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENT, WON’T TAKE PLACE IN HOUSTON IN 2020

  • by HAUL
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: 
Megan Bryant 281-649-9595 | megan@gilbcomm.com


NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE CONFERENCE, NATION’S PREMIER CIVIL RIGHTS
AND SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENT, WON’T TAKE PLACE IN 2020


HOUSTON (MAY 19, 2020) – National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial today
announced that the League’s anticipated 2020 Conference, slated for August in Houston, will
not take place due to the current international health crisis.

“Due to the overwhelmingly devastating effect of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the National
Urban League has made the decision not to host a live event in Houston, Texas this year for our
2020 Conference,” Morial said. “This has been an extraordinarily difficult decision, demanded
by an extraordinary set of circumstances.”

“Even though a live event will not take place this year, the spirit of the Conference and our
commitment to meeting the challenges facing Black America remain at the forefront of the
Urban League Movement’s efforts as we continue to lead the nation in confronting the health
and economic crises of the pandemic.”

Morial extended his thanks to Judson Robinson III, President and CEO of the Houston Area
Urban League and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, for their support and partnership.
“The leadership and gusto of Judson and Mayor Turner were largely responsible for our
decision to take the Conference to Houston,” Morial said. “Their expertise and professionalism
were invaluable during our preparations.”

Morial said the Conference would return to Houston in the near future.

“While we are disappointed that the National Urban League Conference is not coming to
Houston due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are supportive of the decision,” Robinson said.
“We remain committed to our community and health and well-being of the people in our
community. We look forward to hosting the conference in the near future and when it comes
back to Houston, it will be the biggest and best ever.”

In the coming months, NUL will host The Urban League Fights For You: Virtual Event Series,
consisting of community-based virtual summits and town halls, Facebook and IG Lives, and
career recruitment events. These engagements will gather the nation’s thought leaders and
experts, along with guest political commentators, entertainment and sports figures, for
informative and action-oriented conversations. The goal of the series is to provide communities
of color with an authoritative source for the latest, most accurate information on COVID-19
recovery efforts.

Since the pandemic escalated in March, Urban League affiliates across the nation have served
as their communities’ economic first responders, distributing food and supplies, connecting jobseekers with emergency employment, facilitating applications for unemployment insurance and
small business loans and coordinating virus testing. The National Urban League and its affiliates
have advocated for vulnerable communities and Black-owned small business at the state and
national level, securing funding commitments and legal protections.

The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. The National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its 90 local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research and advocacy, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than 2 million people annually nationwide. Visit www.nul.org and follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @NatUrbanLeague.

The Houston Area Urban League is an affiliate of the National Urban League. Its mission is to enable African Americans and other minorities to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights. HAUL promotes economic empowerment through education and job training, housing and community development, workforce development, entrepreneurship, health and quality of life and justice and civic engagement.

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