The Urban League of Portland will be holding the 2016 Equal Opportunity Day Awards Dinner on Tuesday, October 4 at the Oregon Convention Center at 6:00 p.m. This annual event has been one of the pinnacle occasions to support the work that the Urban League does to continue to be on the forefront of community advocacy and engagement for quality education, jobs, and justice. Across the nation and in Oregon, we have heard and seen communities in crisis and disheartened about the poor conditions that they live, increased displacement, homelessness, high unemployment and low paying wages, education decline, police misconduct, violence and brutality, all of which severely impact the quality of life for all people.
Our keynote speaker, Michael P. McMillan, knows all too well the impairment to communities that allow crisis to fester and escalate. Almost a year after being named the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis where he is responsible for overseeing the management and strategic growth of the agency throughout the St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Clair County areas, a fatal shooting by a white Ferguson police officer of Michael Brown an 18-years old unarmed young man subsequently sparked protests and led to a civil unrest after the grand jury announcement of the decision not to indict the officer. McMillan has been a member of the Urban League since the age of 16 and a Lifetime member for over 14 years. Previously, he served as a member of the Urban League’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee as well as its Alderman for ten years. The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis is the #1 ranked affiliate in the country with almost 200 employees, ten locations and twenty-five programs. In response to the crisis in Ferguson, McMillan created the Save Our Sons program in St. Louis County to help 500 African-American men find jobs and he implemented the Urban League’s largest job fair in its history at St. Louis Community College – Florissant Valley. In July 2015, McMillan and Urban League supporters broke ground on the Urban League Community Empowerment Center of Ferguson, to be housed on the site of the former Quik Trip that was burned down on West Florissant during the Ferguson crisis. McMillan is a passionate advocate of education; and a strong supporter of senior citizens. On all levels of our society, McMillan works to create self-sufficiency and economic empowerment for others.
The Urban League of Portland is excited to bring Michael P. McMillan to Oregon to speak at the Equal Opportunities Day Award Dinner on October 4. Please join us in helping to empower communities, and change lives.