Marc Morial, President & CEO of the National Urban League, introduces Barack H. Obama at Plenary Session II.

*The National Urban League kicked off its annual conference in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, July 28. The National Urban League, founded on its dedication to foster black economic equality, celebrates its 100th year.

President Obama was greeted by an overwhelming welcome reception, as he took to the microphone to address delegates Thursday morning at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. He gave a 45 minute speech, spending the bulk of it talking about education reform. He discussed the need to improve American education, increase graduation rates, lift up failing schools, and to close the achievement gap that is leaving too many children of color behind.

The National Urban League brings in its 100th year focused on jobs and empowerment.

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Broadcaster Ed Gordon speaks at the National Council of Urban League Guilds Leadership Luncheon.

Honoree and actress Angela Bassett speaks at the Women of Power Luncheon held during the 2010 National Urban League Centennial Conference.

Marc Morial, President & CEO of the National Urban League, singer Ayanna Gregory and her dad, activist & comedian Dick Gregory.

Global Affairs Award Recipient Ambassador and U.S. Permanent Representative of the United Nations, Susan E. Rice, speaks at the 2010 National Urban League Centennial Conference Women of Power Luncheon

NUL President and CEO Marc Morial joins his lovely wife Michelle Miller, Mistress of Ceremonies at the Women of Power Awards Luncheon.

Entertainer Ron Isley rocks the National Urban League Benefit Concert held at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C.

Fantastia Barrino rocks the National Urban League Benefit Concert held at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C.