Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Creating a Beloved Community - A Public Forum to Present the Findings of the Missouri Civic Health Index

Nearly 150 community members attended “Creating a Beloved Community - A Public Forum to Present the Findings of the Missouri Civic Health Index” on Saturday, January 18, 2014. The event took place at the Center for Global Citizenship on Saint Louis University’s campus, in the same room in which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke during his visit to St. Louis in 1964. Guests enjoyed breakfast together while engaging in civic dialogue aimed at generating mutual understanding and a commitment to continued service.

Speakers included: Yemi Akande from FOCUS St. Louis, Kristen Cambell from the National Conference on Citizenship, Yinka Faleti from United Way of Greater St. Louis, Amanda Moore McBride from the Gephardt Institute at Washington University in St. Louis, and Mike Stout from Missouri State University.

Following the presentation and table discussions, guests attended a resource fair featuring 15 local organizations and assembled 250 personal care kits that will be distributed to homeless people by the Homeless Services Division of the City of St. Louis. The event launched a challenge to the community set forth by stl250 and United Way to engage 250,000 volunteers in 1 million service hours in 2014, to celebrate the 250th anniversary of St. Louis.

Click here for more information about the Missouri Civic Health Assessment and a downloadable copy of the report.

This event was hosted by United Way of Greater St. Louis, Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Louis University, the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and Missouri State University. Funding for this event was provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service through Points of Light.