Marc H. Morial, former mayor of New Orleans, is president and CEO of the National Urban League.
“The purpose of the law is simple … those who are equal before God shall now also be equal in the polling booths, in the classrooms, in the factories, and in hotels, restaurants, movie theaters, and other places that provide service to the public.”
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“Effective immediately, I am banning Mr. Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers organization or the NBA … I will urge the Board of Governors to exercise its authority to force a sale of the team and will do everything in my power to ensure that that happens.” – NBA Commissioner Adam Silver
“Race matters … because of the long history of racial minorities being denied access to the political process … because of persistent racial inequality in society – inequality that cannot be ignored and that has produced stark socioeconomic disparities.” – Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court of the United States
“Affluent Americans would do quite well. But for tens of millions of others, the Ryan plan is a path to more adversity.” – Robert Greenstein, president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
“You can’t allow 15,000 school boards to home bake their own little standards subject to their own political pressures and think we are going to have international competitiveness. We have to at least have some bare minimum core standards if our young people are going to compete.” – Rep. Bobby Scott, Congressional Black Caucus
“Jordan had no guns. He had no drugs. There was no alcohol. They were coming from the mall. They were being kids.” – Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan Davis
“There is no more powerful force than a people steeped in their history. And there is no higher cause than honoring our struggle and ancestors by remembering.” – Lonnie Bunch, founding director, National Museum of African American History and Culture
“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is manmade and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.” – Nelson Mandela (Madiba)
“For the first time in history, Republicans have routinely used the filibuster to prevent President Obama from appointing his executive team or confirming judges … The change we propose today would ensure executive and judicial nominees get an up or down vote on confirmation – yes or no.” – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid