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Library Presents National Urban League President Marc Morial as Keynote Speaker

The St. Louis Public Library is proud to present National Urban League President, Marc Morial, as its keynote speaker for the Library’s celebration of Black History Month 2010. The event takes place at Central Library, 1301 Olive Street, on February 21 at 2 p.m. The event is FREE. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Morial demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit when he embarked upon his first business venture at age 15. By the time he was 26, he was one of the youngest lawyers to win a major case before the Louisiana Supreme Court.

For over 25 years, Morial has served as one of the nation’s most accomplished servant-leaders. As a Louisiana State Senator, he was named Legislative Rookie of the Year, Education Senator of the Year, and Environmental Senator of the Year, and he authored numerous laws.

During his tenure as mayor of New Orleans, Morial was a popular chief executive with a broad, multi-racial coalition who led the city’s 1990s renaissance. When he left office, he still had a remarkable 70% approval rating.

Since 2003, Mark Morial has been President of the National Urban League, where he has ushered in an era of change for the 100-year-old Civil Rights organization. His energetic and skillful leadership has expanded scope of the League’s work based on an agenda of empowerment. The goal is to redefine Civil Rights in the 21st century with a renewed emphasis on closing the economic gap in America.

Ebony magazine recognized Mark Morial as one of the 100 Most Influential Black Americans, and The Nonprofit Times named him one of the Top 50 Nonprofit Executives.

The Library is proud to continue its tradition of celebrating Black History Month with a host of special programs throughout the system. This year’s national theme is “The History of Black Economic Empowerment.” For details about the Library’s other programming for Black History Month 2010, visit our website at slpl.org or stop by one of our 16 locations and pick up a special Black History Month brochure.

For more information, call 206-6779.

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2/11/2010