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Urban League Honors Phenomenal Women at the 12th Annual Salute to Women in Leadership Gala

On June 19, the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis honored 14 distinguished women in leadership on the local and national level with a sold-out black-tie reception and dinner at the Renaissance Grand-St. Louis Hotel.


This year, the Urban League honored Renowned Athlete and Sportscaster Cheryl Miller and National Recording Artist `Angela Winbush among other stellar awardees at this year’s Salute to Women in Leadership. Renowned Actor Richard Roundtree and Xernona Clayton, Founder of the Trumpet Awards, were also in attendance with entertainment provided by Ray, Goodman and Brown.


“We are proud to recognize these phenomenal women who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to serve their communities. The Urban League is proud to give recognition to outstanding women who embody the mission of our organization to help create opportunities for disadvantaged and overlooked individuals and communities,” said Michael P. McMillan, President and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.


Cheryl Miller, Hall of Fame basketball player and head coach of women’s basketball at Langston University, displayed her talent on court throughout high school and college. She became the first athlete to be named Parade All-American for four consecutive years. Miller also led USA Women’s Basketball to gold in five major competitions in four years. In 1987, her career took a slight shift when she accepted a reporter position with ESPN and a part-time coaching assistant position at the University of Southern California (USC). In 1995, she decided to focus more on reporting, so she left USC and began covering the NBA with Turner Sports—she was the first women to call an NBA game.  A few years later, WNBA’s upstart Phoenix franchise asked Miller to coach and manage the team, which she gladly accepted, making her the first female head coach and general manager in professional basketball. After leaving USC, she continued her broadcast career, but later returned to the game she loved. Currently, Miller coaches Langston women’s basketball.


Singer/songwriter/keyboardist/producer Àngela Winbush’s credentials include her own solo hits such as her number one R&B hit, “Angel”; hits as one-half of the singing duo Rene & Angela and their hits “Save Your Love (For #1)” and “Your Smile”; and her hits by Stephanie Mills and the Isley Brothers. One Rene & Angela hit, the 1983 ballad “My First Love,” was covered by Avant on his spring 2000 debut CD, My Thoughts. Winbush’s own albums are Sharp, Angela Winbush, and It’s the Real Thing. To date, she has sold over 10 million albums and singles worldwide.
Other stellar women that were honored at this year’s festivities include: Brenda Walker McCain, Urban League CEO of the Year and president of the Madison County Urban League; Deborah Catchings-Smith, Civic Leadership and International First Grand Anti-Basileus of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.; Denise Turner, Urban League Guild Member of the Year; Dr. Tiffany Anderson, Educational Leadership and Superintendent of the Jennings School District; Hazel Mallory, Employee of the Year and Director of the Urban League Head Start program; Mary Ann Wagner, Media Leadership and Publisher of the St. Louis Suburban Journals; Mary Harper Thomas, Civic Leadership and President of the St. Louis Chapter of Links, Inc.; Marylen Mann, Civic Leadership and founder of Oasis, Inc.; Rebeccah Bennett, Civic Leadership and Founder of Emerging Wisdom LLC; Dr. Gloria B. Hernden, International Business Leadership and President of GB Group Global, Inc. ; and Rev. Traci Blackmon, Civic Leadership and Pastor of Christ the King United Church of Christ.



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