The film chronicles the work of Nationla Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial and Unidos US President and CEO Janet Murguía

“Gumbo Coalition”, a documentary that features the journeys of our National Urban League President & CEO, Marc H. Morial, and Janet Marguía, the CEO of UnidosUS, is set to premiere nationwide on Monday, Nov. 6, on Max. 

Directed by two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple, the film chronicles the work of National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial and Unidos US President and CEO Janet Murguía throughout the Trump presidency, the racist mass shooting in El Paso, the COVID pandemic, the murder of George Floyd and the uprising that followed, the 2020 elections, and the storming of the Capitol. 

Additionally, the documentary showcases the impactful work of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis’s Save Our Sons program, which is dedicated to helping men in St. Louis find employment and build stronger connections within their community.

The film takes its name from Morial’s leadership philosophy and illustrates the power of a coalition that combines a variety of skills, perspectives, and flavors to produce the “magic” of the signature dish of New Orleans, where Morial served as mayor from 1994 to 2002. 

“Gumbo Coalition” is a top contender at the New Orleans Film Festival, and will be screened at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at the Prytania Theatre Uptown5339 Prytania St., as well as in St; Louis  at the St. Louis International Film Festival on Nov. 10.   

The St. Louis screening gives a local audience an in-depth look at Save Our Sons, a signature program of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis that provides economically disadvantaged men with job training, counseling, and other support services.  Kopple, producer Ray Nowosielski, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis President and CEO Michael McMillan, Save Our Sons director Jamie Dennis, and featured participant Bradley Cobb are expected to attend the screening there.