Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Poster from UNE's 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Marc Moral, 2015 MLK day keynote speaker In a distinguished professional career that has spanned 25 years, Marc Morial has performed a myriad of roles including entrepreneur, lawyer, professor, legislator, mayor, CEO, and president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and is one of the most accomplished servant-leaders in the nation.

Morial has started several successful small businesses and won numerous awards including the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico Award. He was also one of the youngest lawyers to argue and win a major case before the Louisiana Supreme Court. 
As a Louisiana State Senator, Morial was named Legislative Rookie of the Year, Education Senator of the Year, and Environmental Senator of the Year.

His creativity has led to initiatives such as the Urban Youth Empowerment Program and Entrepreneurship Centers in five cities to help the growth of small businesses. Also, Morial created the National Urban League Empowerment Fund.

He serves as an executive committee member of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the Black Leadership Forum, and Leadership 18, and is a board member of the Muhammad Ali Center, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. 
He has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential Black Americans by Ebony Magazine, as well as one of the Top 50 Nonprofit Executives by the Nonprofit Times.