National Urban League tackles “war on unemployment” with gathering of leaders and celebrities at annual conference



New York – With an intense focus on conquering the nation’s employment crisis, the National Urban League has opened registration for its Conference, “Jobs Rebuild America” – four days of dialogue, workshops and forums on jobs, education reform, wellness and housing at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center July 27-30.


“Each year the National Urban League Annual Conference attracts the nation’s thought leaders from the corporate and community sectors, to influence the national debate on issues that affect urban and minority communities,” said Marc H. Morial, National Urban League President and CEO. “As the nation continues to recover from the Great Recession, no issue is more important than jobs – not only how best to bring jobs to the community, but to prepare the community for those jobs.”


The conference is a unique opportunity to experience the invaluable perspectives of business, political, and community leaders; connect with companies looking for savvy entrepreneurs and sharp business minds; and learn how to achieve true and lasting prosperity, Morial said.


A historic plenary session on education will feature a conversation between Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Harvard professor and author Dr. Henry Louis “Skip” Gates. Other featured speakers are Suzanne dePasse, co-chair of dePasse Jones Entertainment; Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Desiree Rogers, CEO of Johnson Publishing; Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, the Rev. Al Sharpton, and Dr. Charles Ogletree, Harvard Law Professor and Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice.


A career fair, college fair, housing fair and Expo Hall are free and open to the public.

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National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts President Darnell Williams Business and community leaders, elected officials and celebrities will attend the conference.