ST. LOUIS – Many organizations are holding June 16 celebrations this weekend to celebrate the end of slavery in the United States, and a group in north St. Louis is looking more closely at that history through community service.
The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists held its third annual June 16 celebration on Saturday. The organization says it’s important to honor the history of the day, which was first recognized as a national holiday last year.
“This is our third annual day of action on June 16, and essentially we have chosen to do a community service activity,” said Lew Moye, President Emeritus STL CTY. “This community service is like last year, cleaning Dr. MLK Drive.”
The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists held a June 16 Day of Action rally ahead of a cleanup of MLK Drive. Moye was also joined by Vice President Damini Melvin, Missouri State Assemblyman Cori Bush and St. Louis Mayor Tishaura O. Jones.
“Today we are clearing parts of Dr. Luther King from Grand to Hoidamont. … So that we can continue to be proud of our communities, especially one of the city’s most neglected neighborhoods,” Melvin said.
Mayor Jones says remembering the importance of what happened June 19 as a community is part of a positive movement for St. Louis City.
“It means that everyone is in it and that we recognize that our wealth needs to be shared and that we all need to be around the table to move our city forward,” Jones said. “My door is open to anyone who would like to work with me to ensure we strengthen these communities and help them thrive.”
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