The brunch, which will be run from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Student Center of the St. Louis Community College–Florissant Valley Campus, was thought out in light of this past years’ series of events in Ferguson and to determine a recommitment within the community.
In conjunction with the City of Ferguson, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar will be in attendance to provide a report highlighting the positive changes that have taken place since riots broke out in Ferguson last year. Local business owners affected by the civil unrest will also be in attendance.
“As we mark the one-year anniversary of the murder of Michael Brown, we are reminded of the many business owners still seeking relief and an opportunity to rebuild,” said Esther Haywood, St. Louis County NAACP President. “We are reminded of the progress we’ve made, but still face the reality that school districts near Ferguson remain underfunded and ill-equipped to educate our students properly. We are also still reminded that our police departments still don’t reflect the diversity of our communities. The St. Louis County NAACP is committed to ensuring that Ferguson comes back stronger than ever, and that all children have an equal chance at success.”
John Gaskin, NAACP national board member, still eyes work to be done, which he notes is one of the reasons they made this event happen.
“In just a short year, a great deal has changed,” Gaskin said, “but far too much remains the same. “It is my hope that we will recommit ourselves to seek a greater level of accountability and transparency from law enforcement. It is essential that we also take the time to thank the many organizations and people that have worked tirelessly to help rebuild Ferguson and the surrounding areas affected. I hope this event will be a time to reflect on the progress, but also a time for peaceful protests and calls for more equality across the playing field.