ST LOUIS, MO.(KMOX)-He has seen his organization grow ten-fold in his 27 year tenure and now he says it’s time to retire and allow for new leadership. kmox’s carol daniel spoke to the President of Urban League of Metro St. Louis, James Buford.
Buford says while many want to know, he says he’s not being forced out, he is not facing any type of illness and the board wants him to stay but as he prepares to turn 68 years of age and with a great team in place, he says now is the time to step aside.
Among his many reflections, getting arrested with Rev. Al Sharpton and he says the organzations mission to serve has not changed although it has gone from being a quiet behind the scenes agency to one that is politically involved.
Buford says other changes include the demographics of who they serve, now their clientele is more hispanic and 21 percent caucasion. In the audio interview, you’ll hear with Jim Buford says about violence, the lack of value placed on education and those he says have become too dependent on others at kmox.com