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August 28, 2013

Genesis Steele  
STLCC's Genesis Steele, foreground, with colleagues from left, Linda Collins, Terry Freeman and Annie Wagganer, and representatives from the Urban League of St. Louis at the 50th Commemorative March on Washington.

Genesis Steele, interim director of the African-American Male Initiative program at Forest Park and Florissant Valley campuses, took part in the St. Louis Urban League's bus trip to the 50th Commemorative March on Washington.

The group of 46 departed Aug. 22, took part in marking the historic anniversary on Saturday, and returned to St. Louis Sunday.

“Being a participant in the 2013 commemorative March on Washington was a unforgettable experience. It was an honor to march alongside co-workers and thousands of others who came together to advocate for positive change in our respective communities," Steele said.  "Whether you were representing voting rights, social justice, jobs, or education, it was exciting and exhilarating to be amongst those who stood together in the continuation to keep the dream alive.”

Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963. The largest civil rights rally ever, “The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” was a call to action.

Steele was interviewed by KSDK as part of its Aug. 22 coverage, before the group departed. 

Steele is a student affairs professional who has worked in the secondary and postsecondary education for approximately 15 years. She also had been employed by education-based non-profit organizations in Seattle, Washington, and St. Louis.

In spring 2009, Steele was invited to be part of a dynamic initiative which seeks to increase the persistence rates and academic achievement levels of African-American males at St. Louis Community College. She has served as a campus coordinator for this program, and now as interim manager coordinates the day-to day-operations.

Steele serves as an adviser to students in the National Society of Black Engineers, and as an adjunct faculty member for the Smart Start department.

Steele also volunteers in the greater St. Louis community.  She was the 2012 Community Service Committee Chair and is currently the vice president for leadership development for the Urban League Young Professionals.

She has served as co-director of the Faith Church Photography department, speaks to youth around the area, and volunteers at the St. Louis Food Bank as well as other area organizations.