FORMER NEW ORLEANS MAYOR AND NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE PRESIDENT COMES TO HOUSTON!
MARC MORIAL TALKS ABOUT A CENTURY OF EMPOWERMENT!
Marc Morial makes a visit to Houston for a private fundraising reception benefiting the Houston Area Urban League. The Houston Area Urban League is celebrating “The Urban League Movement…A Century of Empowerment.” Mr. Morial will visit Houston to speak to Houston Urban League supporters about what’s ahead for the Urban League in the decades to come. The reception is hosted by Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin Hall III.
Marc Morial grew up in New Orleans, in the 7th ward. He is the son of New Orleans’ first African-American mayor, the late Ernest N. “Dutch” Morial, and teacher Sybil (Haydel) Morial. He is the second of five children. Morial graduated from Jesuit High School in 1976, then received a bachelor’s degree in economics at the University of Pennsylvania in 1980. Morial then earned a J.D. degree in 1983 from Georgetown University. He opened a private law practice and served as a board member for the Louisiana American Civil Liberties Union from 1986 to 1988. After an unsuccessful run for Congress in 1990, in which he came in second place and was defeated in a runoff by Bill Jefferson, Morial spent two years in the Louisiana state senate from 1992 to 1994, then followed in his father’s footsteps by twice being elected mayor of New Orleans in the elections of 1994 and 1998. One of his opponents in the 1994 mayoral election was Mitch Landrieu, who was also the son of a former mayor, and who was also later elected Mayor on 7 February 2010.
Morial is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African Americans.