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Be a Part of the Gumbo Coalition

New Leadership by Marc Morial

"Be the change you want to see in the world." For Marc Morial, this adage is not merely a slogan, it's the guiding principle that has shaped his life's journey. Raised by remarkable parents—a dedicated schoolteacher and a passionate civil rights lawyer—Morial's formative years were steeped in activism, community engagement, and entrepreneurial spirit. From an early age, he absorbed the values of hard work, social responsibility, and the importance of education, all while witnessing the stark realities of segregation in the South.

In his pursuit of social change, Morial conceptualized the innovative "Gumbo Coalition"—a visionary initiative that mirrored the diverse blend of ingredients found in the iconic New Orleans dish. Through this metaphorical framework, Morial galvanized individuals from all backgrounds—African Americans, Whites, Latinos, Asians, business leaders, grassroots activists, clergy—to address pressing issues such as crime reduction and urban revitalization. The Gumbo Coalition became a symbol of solidarity, demonstrating the transformative power of collaboration in effecting positive change.

Morial's journey is also intertwined with the legacy of his father, who made history as the first African American mayor of New Orleans. Following in his father's footsteps, Morial ascended to the mayoral office himself, marking a historic moment of generational succession in leadership. Together, father and son left an indelible mark on the city, embodying the spirit of progress and resilience.

Today, as the president of the National Urban League, Morial continues to champion the rights of marginalized communities and fight for social justice. Through his dynamic leadership and unwavering dedication, Morial inspires others to embrace diversity, challenge the status quo, and strive for a more inclusive and equitable world—reflecting the timeless imperative to "be the change."

Morial's insights and experiences are captured in his acclaimed book, The Gumbo Coalition: 10 Leadership Lessons That Help You Inspire, Unite, and Achieve. In this book, Morial delves deeper into his journey, offering invaluable lessons on leadership, unity, and the importance of diversity and inclusion in driving social progress. From poignant anecdotes to practical advice, this book is a must-read for anyone seeking inspiration and guidance on effecting meaningful change in their own lives and communities.

"The Gumbo Coalition: 10 Leadership Lessons That Help You Inspire, Unite, and Achieve" is available at your favorite local bookstore and on Don’t miss the documentary film by the same name, “The Gumbo Coalition,” now streaming on HBO Max.

About the Author: Juju Ramos is a dedicated “Mompreneur” and passionate writer who empowers women through her work. Balancing entrepreneurship with motherhood, she champions women's narratives and advocates for their advancement. With unwavering commitment, Juju intertwines entrepreneurship and advocacy, embodying resilience and dedication to empowerment and inclusivity.