The Urban League of Louisiana is no stranger to the pain, frustrations and disappointments of the African-American community. It was for these very reasons that the Urban League was founded over 80 years ago, and through our programming and advocacy, what we work to address every single day.
We understand the anguish the protestors are in and we applaud their courage and desire to impact change. Public outcries following the murder of George Floyd are vital to this movement and have sounded an alarm throughout the world. It is the hope of the Urban League of Louisiana that peaceful, passionate protests will be what our state is known for during this moment in history. Both protestors and police have a critical role to play as Louisiana and the nation deal with issues of race and equity.
In order for these efforts to be successful, respect and understanding must guide the actions of all involved, so that protests can lead to progress and progress can lead to sustainable change.