To commemorate the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of Michael Brown Jr. and to provide ongoing support to the Ferguson community, St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley hosted two events designed to highlight solutions and positive change.
On Aug. 7, the college welcomed the St. Louis County branch of the NAACP for the Ferguson First Friday Brunch, as well as Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and the Ferguson Commission.
At the brunch, city leaders and law enforcement discussed progress made in the community since last August. The community leadership brunch brought local, regional, state and national elected officials together to reflect on the past year and work toward a better community in the future. Among those in attendance were Michael Brown Sr., St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, and Ferguson Mayor James Knowles.
In a meeting held at the college’s Center for Workforce Innovation, Ferguson Commission members met to finalize key areas of their final report, which is slated for release in September. Gov. Nixon established the 16-member commission to study the underlying issues raised by events last year in Ferguson and make specific policy recommendations. At the event, Nixon thanked commission members for their leadership, perseverance and sustained commitment to change in the St. Louis region. The commission is working on prioritizing 200 calls-to-action that the body had identified during 15 meetings held over the past nine months.
STLCC continues to be a partner in creating positive change in not only Ferguson, but also the entire St. Louis region. Rev. Starsky Wilson, co-chair of the Ferguson Commission, recognized St. Louis Community College for being a strong and viable community partner.