To Be Equal is a syndicated weekly opinion column distributed by the National Urban League to news outlets across the nation since 1963, when it was started as “the Voice of Black America” by National Urban League President, Whitney M. Young, Jr.

To receive the ReMARCs weekly e-newsletter featuring To Be Equal in your inbox, please Sign Up Here

National Urban League
Tue, 09 Jul 2019 - 3:55pm

To Be Equal: Legalizing Marijuana

States Should Follow Illinois’ Lead on Expungement, Opportunity in New Cannabis Law

Learn More


National Urban League
Tue, 25 Jun 2019 - 4:26pm

To Be Equal: Farewell to a Legend

Marc H. Morial
President and CEO
National Urban League 


“I was taught that your job was to make this earth better. I hope my children will carry on. I hope I’ve taught them enough to keep trying to grow, keep trying to make people understand how to enjoy life. Look at all the beautiful things around you, look at the progress. You gotta enjoy that, you gotta appreciate that, and I do.” – Leah Chase

Learn More


National Urban League
Mon, 17 Jun 2019 - 12:10pm

National Urban League
Mon, 03 Jun 2019 - 11:50am

To Be Equal: Getting Counted

Marc H. Morial
President and CEO
National Urban League

Learn More


National Urban League
Wed, 29 May 2019 - 9:54am

To Be Equal: Why private school vouchers are a failed experiment

Marc H. Morial
President and CEO
National Urban League 

“How bad are school vouchers for students? Far worse than most people imagine. Indeed, the use of school vouchers—which provide families with public dollars to spend on private schools—is equivalent to missing out on more than one-third of a year of classroom learning.” – Center for American Progress study, “The Highly Negative Impacts of Vouchers”

Learn More


National Urban League
Fri, 17 May 2019 - 11:39am

To Be Equal: Mourning a champion

Marc H. Morial
President and CEO
National Urban League

This week, we lost Judge Damon J. Keith, one of the greatest champions of voting rights in American history. More on his legacy. 

Learn More


National Urban League
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 - 3:37pm

To Be Equal: Hate Crime Surge Continues With Burning of Black Churches

April 18, 2019

"A lot of people want to make it a hate thing. Well, we don't represent hate. We represent love. Togetherness. Peace. Long suffering. Hope. That's what we're here today to say, not just to our community, but to our country. Be strong." -- Rev. Gerald Toussaint, pastor of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, one of three Louisiana churches burned down over 10 days this month.

Learn More