Friday, July 11, 2014

#164: Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis

This was my second attempt to get the Urban League cake, as the last time I was in Midtown/Grand area was over a month ago. That's when I got all the cakes in Fox Theatre, Powell Hall, SLU, etc. But I was a half hour late in getting this indoor cake, which left me a bit bummed. This time around I got it around 4:30, a half hour before they closed. I'm glad I wasn't alone in this though, as I've heard several other people try to get this one as well.

The Urban League location at Grandel Square
The front desk

What is the Urban League, you ask? It is an organization that was inter racially founded in 1917 after the deadly East St. Louis riots. It can be compared well to the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). I asked the receptionist her definition of the Urban League. She said it is similar to the NAACP but it is to engage minorities into a wildly array of programs. The Urban League of St. Louis currently serves 80,000 residents with meeting basic needs and educational quality, among other things.

Musicians featured on this side are Henry Townsend (top), Robert McFerrin, Sr. (bottom left) and Willie Mae Ford Smith (center)

A close look at Clark Terry and Ike & Tina Turner

Close look at Helen Traubel and Johnnie Johnston

Helen Traubel

John Hartford (top), Grace Burns (bottom left) and Miles Davis (bottom right)
Official website

3701 Grandel Square, ST. LOUIS, MO, 63108
Cake artist: Lynsi Sciaroni
Cake sponsored by Bank of America

The cake was sold on 1/1/2015 for $907 in the biddingforgood auction.

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