St. Louis Labor Council’s Pat White to be honored by NAACP

Pat White

Pat White, president of the Greater St. Louis Labor Council, will be among the honorees at the St. Louis County NAACP’s 80th Annual Freedom Fund Leadership Dinner Thursday, June 23, at the Marriott Grand Hotel in downtown St. Louis.

John Gaskin III, a member of the NAACP National Board and chair of the dinner committee, said White will be recognized with a Legacy Award for his commitment to working families and active outreach to the African American community.

“Pat has always been a strong worker and organizer in the Labor Movement,” Gaskin said. “And we have a strong commitment to Labor and those who are committed to working families. We’re very proud of the work Pat is doing on the Labor Council as well as the work he is doing to reach out to members of the African American community. We are very excited about the work he is doing.”

Gaskin noted White’s work stumping for the St. Louis Building & Construction Trades Council’s Building Union Diversity (BUD) program, the recent appointment of Sonja Gholston-Byrd to the Labor Council’s executive board representing affiliated minority constituency groups, and the hiring of State Rep. Joshua Peters, D-St. Louis, as a community outreach coordinator.

GissyThe Labor Council is getting into doors it wasn’t getting into before, White said, “not because we weren’t welcome but because, frankly, we weren’t really knocking.”

Some of the other honorees will include U.S. Federal Judge Ronnie White; Wolf Blitzer, host of CNN’s “Situation Room;” Kathy Osborn, executive director of the St. Louis Regional Business Council; St. Louis City Treasurer Tishaura Jones; former Senator Maida J. Coleman; Judge Sandra Farragut-Hemphill; and Elson Williams, community affairs liaison for Major Brands.

In addition, Emerson corporation will receive the 2016 Corporate Diversity Partner of the Year award, and Concordia Academy for Leadership will be recognized for leading the way in criminal justice reform.


Tickets to the dinner are $85 each or $125 for VIP tickets.

For information, or to make reservations, call 314-330-7410 or email

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