21st Century Agenda for Jobs and Freedom
The National Urban League Wire
Published: Fri. Aug 23, 2013 at 9:44 am | Updated: Thu. Feb 18, 2016 at 1:43 pm | Comments: 0

Background of the 21st Century Agenda for Jobs and Freedom

On December 3, 2012 and January 25, 2013, Marc H. Morial, President & CEO of the National Urban League; Rev. Al Sharpton, founder and President of the National Action Network; Benjamin Jealous, President & CEO of the NAACP; and Melanie Campbell, President and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation convened nearly 60 of America's leading civil rights, social justice, business and community leaders in Washington, D.C.

These meetings of African American Leaders Convening (AALC) were historic and unprecedented and were the first steps in developing a public policy agenda targeting the primary challenges facing African Americans, urban communities and all low-income and working-class Americans.

The ensuing discussions and debates resulted in the identification of five urgent domestic goals for the nation:

  1. Achieve Economic Parity for African-Americans
  2. Promote Equity in Educational Opportunity
  3. Protect and Defend Voting Rights
  4. Promote a Healthier Nation by Eliminating Healthcare Disparities
  5. Achieve Comprehensive Criminal Justice System Reform

The AALC has since worked to further expand these goals to include guiding core principles and corresponding legislative policy priorities and other recommendations.

As such, the policy recommendations contained herein will serve as a working document, or action plan – to be revised, amended and updated accordingly – aimed at achieving these five goals and moving our communities toward economic empowerment, equality and prosperity.

Moving forward, additional issues of import that have not initially been reflected in these recommendations may be included. However, the current goal of this document is to develop a priority, rather than comprehensive, agenda to ensure maximum impact in the aforementioned five areas.

African American Leaders Convening (AALC)
Members and Agenda Signatories

Marc H. Morial President
CEO, National Urban League

Rev. Al Sharpton
Founder/President, National Action Network

Melanie L. Campbell
President/CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP); Convener, Black Women's Roundtable

Benjamin Jealous
President/CEO, NAACP

Rep. Marcia L. Fudge
U.S. Rep. (OH), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus

Marian Wright Edelman
President, Children's Defense Fund

Wade Henderson
President, Leadership Conference of Civil and Human Rights and Counsel to the Leadership Conference Education Fund

Barbara Arnwine
Esq. Exec. Dir., The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Hillary Shelton
SVP, Advocacy and Public Policy, NAACP

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II
U.S. Representative (MO)

Burrell Ellis CEO
Dekalb County, Georgia

Rev. W. Franklyn Richardson Chairman
Conference of Black Churches

Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner
President, Skinner Leadership Institute and Co-Chair, National African-American Clergy Network

Pastor Jamal Harrison Bryant
Empowerment Temple AME Church

Lezli Baskerville, Esquire
President/CEO, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education

Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever
Exec. Director, National Council of Negro Women

Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq.
Chair, National Congress of Black Women

Minyon Moore
Partner, The Dewey Square Group

Rev. Lennox Yearwood
President/CEO, Hip Hop Caucus

Brandi Richard
President, National Urban League Young Professionals

Jessica Brown
National Black Youth Vote! Coordinator, NCBCP

Becky Pringle
Secretary-Treasurer, National Education Association

Elizabeth Powell
Secretary-Treasurer American Postal Workers Union

Clayola Brown National
President, A. Phillip Randolph Institute
Arlene Holt-Baker
Executive Vice President, AFL-CIO

Terry Melvin President
Coalition of Black Trade Unionists

Cloves Campbell, Jr. Chairman
National Newspaper Publishers Association

William G. Tompkins Jr.
President, National Newspaper Publishers Association

Robert S. Johns Executive
Director, National Dental Association

Jerald L. Tillman
Founder, National African-American Insurance Association

Rudy Loney
Chair, National African-American Insurance Association

Julie Cunningham
President/CEO, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials

Dr. Ron Daniels
Founder, State of the Black World 21st Century

Ron Busby, Sr.
President, U.S. Black Chamber, Inc.

Lawrence Parks
President, Potomac Coalition, Federal Home Loan Bank

Harry E. Johnson
President/CEO, The Memorial Foundation, Inc.

Curley Dossman
Chairman, 100 Black Men, Inc.

Laura Murphy
Director, Washington Legislative Office, ACLU

Lamell McMorris
Founder/CEO, Perennial Law Group, LLP

Dr. Elsie Scott
Director, Ronald Walters Leadership/Public Policy Ctr., Howard Univ.

Dr. Bernard Anderson
Chair, National Urban League Council of Economic Advisors

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson
Professor of Sociology, Georgetown University

Ralph Everett
President/CEO, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Dr. Stephen J. Thurston
President, National Baptist Convention of America, Incorporated, International

Angela T. Rye, Esq.
Founder and Director, Impact

Warren Ballentine
Attorney, activist and radio host


Share This Article:

Get Involved with your local Urban League
Enter your ZIP code to find your nearest National Urban league affiliate.

Success Stories