This Day in Black History: Jan. 3, 1958

Marc Morial, former mayor of New Orleans and president of the National Urban League, was born.

Posted: 01/03/2014 12:00 AM EST

Marc Morial, the son of New Orleans’ first African-American mayor, was born on Jan. 3, 1958. After practicing as a lawyer and a board member of the Louisiana American Civil Liberties Union, Morial turned to politics. He ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1990 but went on to serve in the Louisiana State Senate two years later.

He ran for mayor of New Orleans in 1994 and succeeded his father, Ernest Morial, in office, being reelected in 1998. During his tenure as mayor, tourism in New Orleans grew dramatically. Also, Morial is widely credited for orchestrating the return of NBA basketball to the city as well as negotiating schedule changes to allow Super Bowl XXXVI to be held at the Louisiana Superdome.

After serving as mayor, Morial was named as president and chief executive of the National Urban League, the civil rights organization. He was appointed to President Obama’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability in 2012. He is often called upon to comment on national matters on network news programs.

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(Photo: AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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