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On August 10 – 12, the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis and the Saint Louis Public Schools hosted the largest crowd in the history of the back to school giveaways and the agency!

The Expo is sponsored by Monsanto, Missouri Lottery, Wells Fargo, Walmart, Emerson, St. Louis Public Schools, Schnucks, Regions Bank, Explore St. Louis, St. Louis Community Credit Union, MODOT, Commerce Bank, Bank of America, BJC and Anthem.

At the free two-day event, more than 10,000 backpacks filled with school supplies and 50,000 new shoes will be distributed to students and their families. In addition, a Save Our Sisters Women’s Empowerment Summit on August 11 and a concert by Fred Hammond will be featured on Sunday, August 12 at 4:00 p.m.

Additionally, all attendants over 18 will be entered into a drawing on August 12 to win a free Ford Ecosport, courtesy of Schicker Automotive and a $1,000 gas gift card.

“We are excited to host the Urban Expo & Back to School Community Festival in partnership with the St. Louis Public Schools. This year, we have something for everyone including free shoes for the entire family, health fairs, the literary corner, boxing tournaments, a Women’s Empowerment Summit and so much more,” said Michael P. McMillan, President and CEO of the Urban League of the Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc.

On Friday, August 10, the Urban League will host a Hiring Fair from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the 120 Complex of America’s Center. A Literary Corner for new and established authors will be held from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 10 and also during this time period a workshop entitled “From Protest to Policy to Programs” featuring noted area activists will be presented featuring Virvus Jones, Percy Green and others. On the afternoons of August 11 and 12 from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., the Urban League will host the Rumble in St. Louis Boxing Tournament Championships from USA Amateur Boxing. For more information or to purchase an exhibit booth, call (314) 615-3611 or email

The mission of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis is to empower African Americans and others throughout the region to secure economic self-reliance, social equality and civil rights.  Providing basic needs to stabilize disadvantaged families in order to benefit our communities is a community empowerment initiative of the Urban League.






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