We are living in times when progress for communities of color seems to be going in the reverse. Yet, we have come so far -- more of us have advanced degrees and higher paying jobs; more of us own homes and are living in gated communities. But we seem not to have noticed that our youth are under attack; that there are huge pockets of unemployment and joblessness in our community. Racial profiling and violence continue to plague us in our neighborhoods, as illustrated by the senseless shooting of young, black and unarmed Trayvon Martin in Florida. Through it all, messages, resources, and programs have become watered down and the plight of our people has been given the cold shoulder.
Now more than ever, our nation is in need of a movement – a force with the visibility and the influence to bring people together. I believe the Urban League is that movement, and I believe our work is more relevant today than ever -- especially as our global society continues to expand.