July 22, 1991 |
Citing "new ethnic realities," National Urban League President John E. Jacob Sunday urged black Americans to join forces with other minorities to achieve social and economic gains or risk having white Americans "pick and choose" among minority groups. Jacob warned against "divide-and-conquer tactics" that exacerbate frictions among the groups and noted a particular threat to black people, saying, "Some (minorities) will be accepted grudgingly and allowed in the door.
July 22, 1985
The president of the National Urban League, contending that relations between blacks and the Reagan Administration have reached a new low, called for a "new working relationship" with the White House. Black Americans are suffering under Administration moves to cut social programs and efforts to scrap affirmative action hiring and promotion goals, John E. Jacob told a press conference before the start of the league's annual conference in Washington.
October 1, 1993 |
National Urban League President John E. Jacob announced Thursday that he is retiring after 12 years as head of the civil rights organization. "The Bible tells us that 'to everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven,' " Jacob said in a statement. "It is time to retire." Jacob, 58, did not give a retirement date and said he will remain on the job until a successor is named. A search committee has been formed from the league's board of trustees.
August 7, 1989
The National Urban League, one of the largest and most influential organizations concerned with the problems of black America, announced it would launch a no-holds-barred effort to wipe out drug trafficking in the 113 communities across America where the league has affiliate chapters. League President John E. Jacob said: "It's not a black problem. It's not a white problem. Drugs are a national problem, and if the nation isn't willing to wage war against it, we'll have to ourselves."
July 24, 1986 |
NAACP Executive Director Benjamin Hooks attacked the Reagan Administration on Wednesday, warning blacks that "the enemy we confront is a hostile environment" that threatens civil rights. Hooks, speaking at the National Urban League convention, said government agencies charged with monitoring the implementation of civil rights laws are not necessarily doing their job. "It is assumed by the public that a human rights commission will enforce state statutes. In fact, this is not so," Hooks said.
July 21, 1986 |
The president of the National Urban League urged the federal government Sunday to replace its policy of "constructive engagement" toward South Africa with a policy of "constructive pressures." At the opening of the league's annual conference here, John E. Jacob said "nowhere on this globe is freedom more abused than in the racist state of South Africa. . . . And nowhere else is there an imminent danger of a terrible race war."