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National Urban League Kicks Off Annual Conference

National Urban League Kicks Off Annual Conference
Posted Wednesday, July 23rd 2014 @ 3pm  by 700WLW News

(Cincinnati) -- It's expected to bring more than 8,000 delegates and about $2 million in visitor spending to the Tri-State. The National Urban League's Annual Conference runs through Saturday at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

The theme of this year's conference is "One Nation Underemployed: Bridges to Jobs and Justice."

The President of the NUL says jobs are part of the solution for Cincinnati's ongoing violence.  He says Cincinnati holds the key to stopping the violence on its streets.  Morial says Cincinnati has a "dynamism" with economic growth  and that can provide jobs to people who think they have no other options but crime.

Morial says unemployed young people turning to violent crime is not unique to Cincinnati.  He says no single effort is going to end violence on American streets.  Rather the President of the National Urban League says the problem has to be addressed on several fronts.   He says education, strong community values and gun safety laws also make a difference.

The National Urban League was one of the groups that boycotted Cincinnati after 2001.  But, NUL President Marc Morial says the City did not "stick its head in the sand" and hide from making difficult changes.

Vice President Joe Biden is set to speak Friday morning. Others scheduled to attend the conference include Senator Rand Paul, actor Forest Whitaker and the Reverend Al Sharpton. 

While registration is necessary for many of the seminars, Morial says much of the conference is free and open, including the expo floor, a job fair for youth, and a small business seminar.


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