Annual Empowerment

Luncheon Announcement

By Memphis Urban League

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The Memphis Urban League (MUL) will host its Annual Empowerment Luncheon on Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 11:30AM – 1:00PM. This event will be held at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn located at 3700 Central Ave with Michael P. McMillan, President & CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis as the Keynote Speaker. Not only this, but Jerome Robinson will be hosting this wonderful event!

McMillan will address the legacy of the Urban League Movement; the essence of its empowerment and the change that empowerment brings to future generations. As an accomplished civic leader, an advocate for social and economic empowerment and a public servant, McMillan oversees the largest and highest rated Urban League affiliate in the country. During the Ferguson uprising, tear-gassed and arrested, McMillan a foot soldier for justice sought to bring peace to a torn community. In the aftermath of the Ferguson crisis, McMillan helped to organize resources for the community to address the immediate needs. McMillan, a true soldier in the Movement.

The Memphis Urban League will graciously bestow its Community of Champions Award – honoring individuals, organizations and corporations whose mission aligns with that of the Memphis Urban League, and those that lead and advance efforts to serve residents who live in underserved communities in Memphis and Shelby County. The prestigious “I AM EMPOWERED” Award will be presented to one who has made a mark of empowerment and a tremendous impact in the movement to secure equality, power and civil rights for all.

The luncheon will feature a delicious meal, amazing talents, radiant sounds of music, and testimonials of those whose lives have been empowered and changed through the Memphis Urban League. You do not want to miss this spectacular event! Come and Be Empowered!

Tickets for the Memphis Urban League’s Annual Empowerment Luncheon can be purchased online at Event proceeds support our continued work of Empowering communities and Changing lives with various programs and initiatives through the Memphis Urban League. #MUL75

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Michael P. McMillan is the President and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc., a nonprofit organization that has been providing social services to the metropolitan St. Louis community since 1918. The Urban League is the largest affiliate of the National Urban League movement, headquartered in New York City. The Urban League’s mission is “to assist African Americans and others throughout the region in securing economic self-reliance, social equality and civil rights.” Each year, the Urban League serves more than 100,000 residents with economic opportunity, educational excellence, community empowerment, civil rights and advocacy programs. As an advocate for social and economic parity, McMillan speaks on behalf of Urban League constituents.
In response to the crisis in Ferguson, McMillan created the Save Our Sons program in St. Louis County to help 500 African-American men and others find jobs and wrap-around services. He recently opened the Ferguson Community Empowerment Center in partnership with the Salvation Army Midland Division. This center houses the Save Our Sons program in addition to programs offered by the Salvation Army, Lutheran Hope Center and the University of Missouri Extension. In 2017, McMillan and the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis hosted the largest National Urban League Conference in the history of the movement with nearly 25,000 in attendance.

Previously for almost seven years, McMillan served as the License Collector of the City of St. Louis, administering an annual budget of over $60 million. Prior to serving as License Collector, McMillan was Alderman of the 19th Ward for a decade supporting $1.25 billion in economic development and neighborhood revitalization. He was the youngest person elected as an Alderman and License Collector in the history of the City of St. Louis.
McMillan has received over 150 awards and commendations from various organizations and was recognized as one of the Ebony Power 100 Most Influential African Americans in the United States. Additionally, he
is a member of the International Civic Rights Walk of Fame in Atlanta and a recipient of the 2013 Trumpet Award for Community Service; the Whitney M. Young and the John Mack Leadership Awards from the National Urban League; an Honorary Doctorate from Webster University; Chairman’s Award presented by the St. Louis Minority Supplier Development Council; a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Montford Point Marines and for the Salute to Women in Leadership Awards program.
McMillan is a member of 15 Boards of Directors including Children’s Hospital, Reliance Bank, The St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Regional Chamber, The Sheldon, Grand Center, Ranken Technical College, Heat Up St. Louis, Inc. (Cool Down St. Louis), The St. Louis Community Foundation, The DESE Task Force, The Muny, Greater St. Louis Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Workforce Investment Board of St. Louis County.
Michael P. McMillan is a graduate of Saint Louis University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in African American Studies and a minor in Political Science with an emphasis on Finance. Additionally, McMillan
is an Eisenhower International Fellow and an alumnus of the American Council of Young Political Leaders

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