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The Honorable Marc H. Morial

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Chief Executive
Mayor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Galapagos Island
Favorite Quote:
Keep The Faith.

Birthplace

Born:
1/3/1958
Birth Location:
New Orleans, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Chief Executive
Mayor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Galapagos Island
Favorite Quote:
Keep The Faith.

Birthplace

Born:
1/3/1958
Birth Location:
New Orleans
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Biography

Chief executive officer and politician Marc Haydel Morial was born on January 3, 1958, in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the son of Sybil Haydel Morial, a teacher and university administrator, and the late Ernest N. “Dutch” Morial, who was the first African American Mayor of New Orleans. Morial attended a Jesuit high school, receiving his diploma in 1976. He earned his B.A. degree in economics and African American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania in 1980 and received his J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1983.

In 1992, Morial served two years in the Louisiana State Senate, where he was recognized as Legislative Rookie of the Year. Prior to his elected service, Morial worked as a private practice lawyer at Adams and Reese, one of the Gulf South’s leading law firms. One of his most noteworthy U.S. Supreme Court cases - Chisom v. Roemer - established that the Voting Rights Act be applied to the election of judges. This led to the election of the first African American judge in Louisiana.

Morial served two terms as mayor of New Orleans from 1994 to 2002. Many improvements were made during his terms as mayor including crime reduction, police reform and the passing of a significant bond issue. In addition, during his last two years in office, Morial served as president of the United States Conference of Mayors. The Morials, father and son, have the distinction of being one of the first African American political dynasties.

In May 2003, Morial was appointed president and CEO of The National Urban League, a revered civil rights organization. Since that appointment, Morial’s Empowerment Agenda has worked to reenergize the League’s diverse constituencies; to build on the strength of its nearly one hundred year old legacy; and to increase its profile both locally and nationally.

Morial has been recognized by Non-Profit Times as one of America's top 50 non-profit executives, and was named one of the "100 Most Influential Blacks in America" by Ebony magazine. In June 2009, Morial was appointed chair of the 2010 Census Advisory Committee.

Morial is married to news anchor Michelle Miller and has two children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of The Honorable Marc H. Morial's interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial describes Pontchartrain Park in New Orleans
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial describes his Creole family history, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial describes his Creole family history, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial describes his father's political campaigns
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial describes his father's siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial describes his parents' civic involvement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial describes the religious leaders of New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial describes his father's judicial campaigns
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial describes his mother's civic involvement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial describes his experiences in elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial remembers New Orleans' Christian Brothers School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial remembers playing sports in Pontchartrain Park, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial recalls playing on New Orleans' all-star basketball team
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial remembers his disinterest in music lessons
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial describes the importance of sports in his life
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Slating of The Honorable Marc H. Morial's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial recalls his father's inauguration to Louisiana's legislature
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial describes his father's tenure in the Louisiana House of Representatives
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial remembers meeting legislators as a page
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial remembers playing sports in Pontchartrain Park, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial remembers working on his father's campaigns
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial recalls creating signage for his father's mayoral campaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial describes his father's mayoral campaign, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial describes his father's mayoral campaign, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial describes the wards of New Orleans
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial recalls his decision to attend the University of Pennsylvania, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Marc. H. Morial reflects upon how his parents raised him
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Marc. H. Morial describes his experience at Jesuit High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Marc. H. Morial describes his social life at Jesuit High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Marc. H. Morial recalls his decision to attend the University of Pennsylvania, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Marc. H. Morial describes the New Orleans police strike of 1979, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Marc. H. Morial describes the New Orleans police strike of 1979, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Marc. H. Morial describes his decision to study economics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Marc. H. Morial recalls his experience at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Slating of The Honorable Marc H. Morial's interview, session 3
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial recalls his arrival at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial explains his decision to attend a majority school
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial describes the diversity of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial recalls his organizational involvement in college
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial recalls how his political aspirations developed
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial describes his role in the Louisiana legislature
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial recalls his role models at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial lists his mentors at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial recalls graduating from the University of Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial remembers hearing Reverend Jesse L. Jackson speak
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial recalls his role in Reverend Jesse L. Jackson's presidential campaigns
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial describes his father's impact on New Orleans
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial describes his position at Barham and Churchill
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial describes his aspirations as a young lawyer
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Slating of The Honorable Marc H. Morial's interview, session 4
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial recalls his early business ventures
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial remembers State of Louisiana v. Shropshire
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial recalls founding his private law practice
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial lists his organizational involvements
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial recalls his interest in running for a political office
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial describes his campaign for the U.S. Congress
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial describes his campaign for the Louisiana State Senate
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial talks about David Duke's campaigns
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial describes David Duke's impact on Louisiana
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial recalls his time in the Louisiana State Senate
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial recalls his decision to run for mayor of New Orleans
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial describes his mayoral campaign
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial reflects upon his politics and ideology
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial describes New Orleans' public safety package
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial describes his accomplishments as mayor of New Orleans
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial reflects upon his and his father's mayoral terms
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial describes Hurricane Georges and Hurricane Katrina
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial describes how he continued his father's mayoral legacy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial describes his first campaign for mayor of New Orleans, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial describes his first campaign for mayor of New Orleans, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial reflects upon his second term as mayor of New Orleans
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial describes the U.S. Conference of Mayors
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial recalls his National Urban League interview, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial recalls his National Urban League interview, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial reflects upon his National Urban League presidency, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial reflects upon his National Urban League presidency, pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial reflects upon his life, pt. 1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial describes his hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial reflects upon his life, pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - The Honorable Marc H. Morial talks about his wife and children