ST. LOUIS COUNTY NAACP

Courage Will Not Skip This Generation

STL COUNTY NAACP TO HOLD LADUE TOWN HALL MEETING WEDNESDAY

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The St. Louis County NAACP will host a community town hall meeting for parents, students and residents of the Ladue School District at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at the Ethical Society of St. Louis (9001 Clayton Road, St. Louis, 63117). 

Planned after the County NAACP and Ladue school officials met on Friday regarding the recent racially charged incident that have occurred at Horton Watkins High, the meeting will last approximately two hours. The Ladue School District leadership will be on hand.

Attendees must prove residency in the district or enrollment by bringing one of the following forms of identification: A school-issued ID, a utility bill or an official correspondence from the district such as a letter, progress report or report card.

"We want to ensure that District stakeholders, parents, and students are heard,” St. Louis County NAACP President Esther Haywood said. “Students have legitimate concerns and they deserve to be heard by the NAACP. Information shared will be utilized to work with students and the district to develop a greater plan of action for the school district to improve race relations and hopefully African American achievement. We are happy to have the full cooperation and support of the Ladue School District Board of Education leadership and administration for this venture. We know that Wednesday's conversation will benefit them greatly."

"We know that coming together for a candid intelligent conversation can not only help but move us forward,” NAACP national board member and Ladue High alumnus John Gaskin said. “This sort of setting will allow students, parents and residents to have the appropriate environment to discuss their concerns in greater depth and detail. This matter is urgent and the St. Louis County NAACP must take swift action."

Washington University Law School Professor Dr. Kimberly Jade Norwood will be the moderator for the meeting. Those interested in speaking will be allowed to do so from the audience with an appropriate time limit enforced.

The news media is welcome to attend this event.

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Founded in 1909 the NAACP is America's oldest and largest premiere civil rights organization. The Missouri NAACP has over 15 units across the state that work to move the organization's civil rights agenda on a grass roots level.

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