Donald M. Suggs, DDS
Board Member
  • Board Member

Publisher and Executive Editor of the St. Louis American Newspaper, president of Arch Concessions, and a partner with D & D Concessions and the City Plaza Project

Donald M. Suggs graduated with B.S. and D.D.S. Degrees from Indiana University, then completed his post-graduate work at Washington University Dental School and Homer G. Phillips Hospital. He served as chief of oral surgery at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware and was the first African-American to serve as an associate clinical professor at St. Louis University Dental School. Suggs was a fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillo-facial Surgeons and maintained a limited private practice in his specialty before retiring in 2011. Dr. Suggs has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Washington University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Harris-Stowe State University, and Saint Louis University. The University of Missouri-Columbia, Southeast Missouri State University, Harris-Stowe State University, Missouri State University, and St. Louis Community College provide annual scholarships in his name.

Active in the civil rights movement in the 60’s and 70’s, he was chairman of the Poor People’s March-On-Washington in 1968. Later, he became founder and chairman of the African Continuum, organized to bring serious non-commercial African-American artistic endeavors to St. Louis. He was a long-time president of the Alexander-Suggs Gallery of African Art based in St. Louis and New York City (1970-1989). He is a founding member of the Center for African Art, (now the Museum of African Art in New York City) and is a former member of the board of directors of the Studio Museum in New York.

He currently serves on the following boards: Barnes -Jewish Goldfarb School of Nursing; Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; Dance St. Louis; Forest Park Forever: Executive Committee; Grand Center, Inc.; Harris-Stowe State University: Founder of the African-American Business Leadership Council; Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club: Founding Board Member & Executive Committee; Hopewell Center; Innovate St. Louis; Municipal Theatre Association of St. Louis; Nine Network of Public Media; Opera Theatre of St. Louis; Regional Business Council; St. Louis American Foundation 501(c)3: Founder & President; St. Louis Art Museum: Advisory Commissioner; St. Louis Black Leadership Roundtable; St. Louis Regional: Executive Committee; St. Louis Science Center; St. Louis Symphony Orchestra; United Way: Executive Committee: Founder of Charmaine Chapman Society (Formerly the African American Leadership Giving Initiative), Alexis de Tocqueville Society; Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis; Washington University School of Medicine/Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center: Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities Advisory Committee

Dr. Suggs is the recipient of numerous civic awards: St. Louis Citizen of the Year 2004; Lifetime Achievement Award: Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Mentor St. Louis, and Gateway Classic; The Junior Achievement/Anheuser-Busch St. Louis Business Hall of Fame Laureate; The Presidential Medallion—Harris Stowe State University; Human Development Corporation— Community Signal Award; YMCA of Greater St. Louis—Human Dignity Award; Dance St. Louis—Swan Award; FOCUS St. Louis—Leadership Award.