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From Crisis to Opportunity: Urban League and The Salvation Army Open the Ferguson Community Empowerment Center

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis and The Salvation Army will open the Ferguson Community Empowerment Center next week on the site of the Quik Trip that was burned down during the civil unrest that followed the death of Michael Brown at the hands of a police officer in 2014. In addition to the Urban League and The Salvation Army, the Lutheran Hope Center and the University of Missouri-Extension will also provide services in the center. The Grand Opening will also kick off the 2017 National Urban League Conference being held in St. Louis on July 26-29.

Prominent guests attending include Marc H. Morial, National Urban League, President and CEO; Michael P. McMillan, President and CEO, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis; Commissioner F. Bradford Bailey, The Salvation Army Central Territorial Commander; Lt. Col. Dan Jennings, The Salvation Army Midland Division, Divisional Commander; Michael F. Neidorff, Chairman, President and CEO, Centene Corporation; David N. Farr, Emerson, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer; Warner Baxter, Ameren, Chairman, President & CEO; Frankie Eichenberger, US Bank, Senior Vice President; Lezley McSpadden, the late Michael Brown’s Mother; Michael Brown Sr., the late Michael Brown’s Father; Judge Glenda A. Hatchett, Television personality; Melba Moore, Recording artist; Richard Gant, Actor

WHEN:         Wednesday, July 26, 2017 10:00 AM

WHERE:       Ferguson Community Empowerment Center 9420 West Florissant Avenue Ferguson, MO 63136


The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis is a social service and civil rights organization that works to fulfill its mission of Empowering Communities and Changing Lives.  Programs are offered in the areas of Economic Opportunity, Community Empowerment, Educational Excellence, Civil Rights and Social Justice.

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