Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis Celebrates 100 Years

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With more than 1,300 guests in attendance, the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis (ULSTL) rang in 100 years of service at its Centennial Gala earlier this year. Held at Downtown’s Marriott Grand Hotel on March 24, the Centennial Gala included star-studded entertainment with actress Viola Davis presenting the keynote speech. Local organizations Centene Corporation, Ameren and World Wide Technology, Inc., presented donations totaling $3.25 million to the organization’s programs, services and Centennial Fund.

Throughout its century of work, ULSTL has been focused on the social equality, economic self-reliance and civil rights of African Americans and has worked to serve clients across two states and three counties. While the Centennial Gala may be over, there are still ample ways to celebrate ULSTL during this landmark year.

Salute to Women in Leadership Awards Gala

The annual Salute to Women in Leadership Awards Gala was recently announced, and this year 19 women will be honored at the Downtown event. Now in its 15th year, the gala will be held on June 15 at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel and will feature Eddie Levert as the evening’s entertainment.

At the event, the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Cathy Hughes, Shirley Caesar, Martha Reeves, Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, Beverly E. Smith and Mary B. Wright. Thirteen additional women will be honored with The Salute Award: Alicia Elsner, Brenda McDuffie, Courtney Bryant, Cynthia W. Thompson, Mayor Emeka Jackson-Hicks, Jan Holloway, Karen Jones, Kristina L. Hazley, Laraine Davis, Mary Tillman, Ollie Stewart, Sara Burke and Shirley Washington.

Urban Expo

Held August 11 and 12, the Urban Expo will take place at Downtown’s America’s Center and will include free parking for all attendees. “Our vision is to implement a multi-faceted event that reflects the Urban League’s mission of empowering our 100,000 plus clients with vital access to programs and resources that serve as a catalyst for positive change within the Region’s African-American community,” explains the event listing. Vendor applications are currently being accepted, with early bird pricing ending on June 30.

Become a Volunteer

Celebrate the ULSTL’s centennial by donating your time. Volunteer opportunities are currently available in a plethora of fields ranging from youth mentor to public relations assistant to receptionist. Find out more on the ULSTL website.

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