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Celebrating all things Marshall White next weekend was ‘meant to be’

By Deborah Wilber - | Jul 3, 2022

Tim Vandenack, Standard-Examiner

The Marshall White Center in Ogden, photographed Thursday, April 21, 2022.

OGDEN — A celebration of celebrations will be held Saturday at the Marshall White Center from 2-6 p.m. Patrons and supporters of the MWC are holding the event to honor not only the progress made in revitalizing the deteriorating center, but also the man, Marshall N. White himself.

In addition to remembering the Ogden police detective who was shot and killed in the line of duty on Oct. 15, 1963, entrepreneurs will be gathering to create a network of services throughout the community.

Originally, the entrepreneurship event was geared towards networking among African American businesses. Growing Unified Development founder and President Marcus Carr said organizers decided to open it up to other ethnicities, for all people to benefit.

“It’s for everybody,” Brigette Middleton said. “We don’t want anyone to feel like they can’t come.”

Delores Green, president of Royalty Awakened, is invited to speak, along with Utah Senate President Stuart Adams and Joseph Kerry, a candidate for the Utah State Board of Education in District 2.

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Members of Growing Unified Development, Royalty Awakened and C.A.F.E. pose with Utah Senate President Stuart Adams, center, and Sen. John Johnson, second from right, inside the Senate Chamber at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City.

Carr said children have always been the driving force behind the movement to restore the MWC, and members of the community are pleased to see movement from the city in providing a safe place for inner-city kids.

“It’s important for the community, but it’s more important for the kids, so they have a safe place to go instead of getting in trouble,” Carr said.

To celebrate the reconstruction of the community center this weekend, the weekend of Marshall N. White’s birthday, was meant to be, according to Carr.

The MWC is 54 years old. Marshall N. White was 54 when he was killed by an armed suspect.

While the event, entertainment and good conversation are free — food, planned to be traditional soul food, is not. Dinner plates will cost $10 for adults and $3 for children.

All the side dishes and desserts are being made at home, so the women can “put their foot in it,” Carr said. “We’re going have to work out after this.”

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