Empowerment center to open in Ferguson at burned store site - Beaumont Enterprise:
"In this Tuesday, July 25, 2017, photo, a construction worker helps with finishing touches at the new Ferguson Empowerment Center in Ferguson, Mo.
The new $3 million center will house an Urban League office focused on job training and placement.
A dedication ceremony is planned Wednesday morning, July 26.
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The president of the National Urban League says he's seen "steps in the right direction" in Ferguson, Missouri, in the three years since Michael Brown's death, and he's hopeful the new Ferguson Community Empowerment Center will help even more.
The $3 million center was built on the property where a QuikTrip convenience store was burned during rioting after the 18-year-old Brown, who was black and unarmed, was killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9, 2014.
The center that will house a job training and placement service and other offices...
Brown and a friend were walking along Canfield Drive in Ferguson when police officer Darren Wilson told them to get out of the street.
Heated words turned into a scuffle between Brown and Wilson, who is white.
Wilson fatally shot Brown who he said was moving menacingly toward him once he was out of his squad car.
Some witnesses had said Brown was surrendering.
The initial unrest in the St. Louis suburb erupted after Brown's body lay in the street for hours in the summer heat..."