Convocation Speaker

Marc H. Morial, National Urban League president and CEO, to deliver 2021 Case Western Reserve University commencement address

Photo of convocation speaker Marc H. Morial, wearing a suit and smiling

Marc Morial, who has been described as one of the few national leaders to possess “street smarts”, and “boardroom savvy”, is the current President and CEO of the National Urban League, the nation’s largest historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization.  

Morial is a leading voice on the national stage in the battle for jobs, education, housing and voting rights equity. He served as the highly successful and popular Mayor of New Orleans as well as the President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Previously, he was a Louisiana State Senator, and a lawyer in New Orleans with an active, high profile practice. 

A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, and the University of Pennsylvania, he has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential Black Americans by Ebony magazine, one of the top 50 Non Profit Leaders by The NonProfit Times, one of the 100 Most Influential Black Lawyers in America, and he has also been inducted into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame in Atlanta, GA.

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Morial will join a long list of previous distinguished speakers, including:

  • William F. Baker (ADL '66, GRS '68 and '72), Emmy Award-winner, past president and CEO of New York Public Television
  • Beth Mooney, KeyCorp Chairman and CEO
  • Toby Cosgrove, MD, past CEO of Cleveland Clinic 
  • Fred Gray (LAW ’54, HON ’92), celebrated civil rights attorney 
  • Mark Weinberger (LAW ’87, MGT ’87), EY Global Chairman and CEO
  • Barry Meyer (LAW ’67), Retired Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO
  • Mohamed Ibn Chambas (LAW ’84), Joint Special Representative of the African Union – United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur
  • Katie Couric, journalist and author
  • Peter B. Lewis, Philanthropist and former Chairman of Progressive Insurance
  • Julie Gerberding (WRC ’77, MED ‘81), previous director of the Centers for Disease Control
  • and many other notable leaders