2019 Authors/Essays

Michael F. Neidorff
Board Chair, National Urban League; Chairman & CEO, Centene Corporation

As chairman of the National Urban League’s board of trustees, the board and I are pleased to present to you “Getting 2 Equal: United Not Divided,” the 2019 edition of the State of Black America®.

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Sean Reed
Civic Engagement Chair, Dallas-Fort Worth Urban League Young Professionals

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Anthony Foxx
Chief Policy Officer & Senior Advisor to the President & CEO, Lyft

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Christine M. Slaughter
Civic Engagement and Political Awareness Chair, Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals

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Deisy Cisneros Aranda
Poll Location: Painesville, Ohio

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Monica B. Villa
Poll Location: Annville, Pennsylvania

Voting can be a bit intimidating if one does not have the appropriate guidance, especially for first-time voters. My name is Monica B. Villa; I am a current intern at The Urban League of Philadelphia and a first-time voter.

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Nina Michelle Sims
Poll Location: Cleveland Heights, Ohio

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Melanie L. Campbell
President & CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation; Convener, Black Women's Roundtable

 

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Mayor LaToya Cantrell
City of New Orleans

Today, Black America finds itself at a crossroads—a place as familiar as it is contradictory.  

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Janet Murguía
President & CEO, UnidosUS

Today, perhaps no single issue is more important to African-Americans, Latinos, and other communities of color than protecting the right to vote for all Americans.

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Kristen Clarke
President & Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

If we, the people, face a national emergency, it is widespread voter suppression and systematic disenfranchisement.

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Dr. Silas Lee
Professor of Sociology, Xavier University of Louisiana; President, Dr. Silas Lee & Associates

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Antonesia “Toni” Wiley
Director of Advocacy, National Urban League
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Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay
Chairman, House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development & Insurance; Missouri - 1stCongressional District

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Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi
Speaker, House of Representatives; California—12th Congressional District

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Congresswoman Karen Bass
Chairwoman, Congressional Black Caucus; California – 37th Congressional District

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