Urban League

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With just over a week before the first day of classes for St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS), the district partnered with the Urban League to host an annual back to school fair Saturday.

An estimated 10,000 people attended the Back to School and Community Empowerment Festival, lining up outside St. Louis University's Chaifetz Arena to get free school supplies and find out about area resources.

Urban League President and CEO Michael McMillan said the purpose of the fair is to make sure students—and their families—are ready for the school year.

(Courtesy Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis)

The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis has a rich history in the region, with roots that stretch back 95 years. For the past 28 years, the organization has been led by James Buford, who retired as CEO at the end of May.

Former alderman and City License Collector Michael McMillan became the new CEO of the Urban League  last week. St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh sat down with McMillan to discuss what's next for the organization.

Although McMillan is new to the role of CEO, he is not new to the Urban League. He has been a member since he was sixteen.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Michael McMillan has spent a good part of his career in politics and government, but he is no stranger to the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. His goal -- to make community service his life mission -- was fulfilled this week when the local league’s board of director selected him as the group’s next chief executive, replacing James Buford, who is retiring after running the agency for 28 years.