Founded in 1929, Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, Inc. is an African American, nonprofit social service agency open to all, primarily serving the Summit University area of Saint Paul, Minnesota and the broader Twin Cities metro area. The organization was born as the result of the vision, commitment and tireless efforts of several community leaders in the 1920’s.
It was during this decade that the St. Paul Urban League was formed in an attempt to address the growing social problems facing African Americans in the capitol city. Under the direction of Executive Secretary Elmer A. Carter, the St. Paul Urban League provided dynamic leadership at a time when it was greatly needed. Carter initiated the first formal step in addressing the needs of St. Paul’s black community by conducting a survey of possible facilities where critical programs and services could be implemented.
Photographer: Bigelow, Eileen