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M. H. Morial to speak at Tri-County Urban League 50th Anniversary Dinner Meeting on December 4, 2015

Marc H. Morial to speak at

Tri-County Urban League

50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner Meeting

tcul revised 50th logoPeoria Marriott Pere Marquette, December 4, 2015, 6:00 pm

Marc H. Morial

Keynote speaker, Marc H. Morial, President & CEO, National Urban League, nation’s largest civil rights organization

Marc Morial is one of the most accomplished servant-leaders in the nation. He has served in many roles throughout the years. His roles include: Entrepreneur, Lawyer, Professor, Legislator, Mayor and President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Marc has a distinguished professional career that has spanned for over 25 years and has performed all these roles with excellence.

As President & CEO of the National Urban League (NUL) since 2003, he 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 whites and Blacks, as well as other communities of color, and rich and poor Americans.

During his tenure, the League had record fundraising success with a $280 million, five-year fundraising effort. He has secured the BBB nonprofit certification, which has established the NUL as a leading national nonprofit, and the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, which has placed the NUL in the top 10 percent of all U.S. charities for adhering to good governance and other best practices, as well as executing its mission in a fiscally responsible way.

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 to urban impact businesses, and helped create 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.

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 degrees from 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 Council on Financial Capability, and on the Department of Education’s Equity and Excellence Commission.  President Bill Clinton also appointed him to the Twenty-First Century Workforce Commission.

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 and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Ray Lahood

Ray LaHood, United States Secretary of Transportation (retired)

The Tri-County Urban League is also honored to have former United States Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood. Ray serves as the Urban League’s 50th Anniversary Campaign Chairperson and will provide a campaign update.  He has been instrumental in assisting the Urban League in generating $350,000 in essential funding for programs and services and he stated “it has been his distinct privilege to help the Urban League in its efforts to assist each generation through programs that enhance personal performance, confidence and the ability to contribute to the economic and social health of Peoria.”






L Bryson

Laraine Bryson, President, TCUL

The Urban League has served over 350,000 individuals since its inception.  President, Laraine Bryson stated, “none of this would be possible without the vision of the founding president, Mr. Frank Campbell, and the dedication of the Board of Directors, volunteers and staff.”  President Bryson has carried the torch since Mr. Campbell retired in Dec. 1992.  Bryson joined the Urban League after serving as an elementary teacher in Peoria District 150, a trial attorney at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and an administrator at Illinois Central College.  Her dedication and hard work has been essential in the stability of the Urban League and its ability to continue to provide the services so desperately needed in the community.



Tri-County Urban League will hold the 2015 Annual Meeting on December 4, 2015 at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette, at 6:00 pm.

Tickets for the event are $50.00 and can be purchased online at or at the Urban League.

For more information, please call 309-672-4354.

Please join us and support the Tri-County Urban League!