A Journey To The Past For Youth Group Yields Renewed Black History Mission

After visiting Point Comfort — present-day Hampton, Virginia — a few weeks ago, Anthony Ross, director of the St. Louis chapter of Remember the 400, said he wants the group to bring more black history to the region. The group traveled for 20 hours by bus to Hampton in late August to commemorate the 400th anniversary … More A Journey To The Past For Youth Group Yields Renewed Black History Mission

Before Moving To New Job, HBCU President Reflects On A University’s Progress

When Harris-Stowe State University President Dwaun Warmack graduated from high school, he had a 1.7 grade-point average and did not think he was college material. Today, Warmack, 42, is one of the youngest presidents of a four-year college in the country. His journey with Harris-Stowe in St. Louis began in 2014, but come July 31, he will leave the … More Before Moving To New Job, HBCU President Reflects On A University’s Progress

109-Year-Old Parade Raises Money For Children’s Mental Health Care

For over a century, the Annie Malone Children and Family Services agency has brought thousands of community members together in the country’s second-largest African American parade: the Annie Malone May Day Parade. Last Sunday’s procession marked its 109th celebration in downtown St. Louis. Parade viewers saw marching bands, local business owners on floats and peppy cheerleaders throughout … More 109-Year-Old Parade Raises Money For Children’s Mental Health Care

Khalia Collier: Team Owner Shoots For More Women In Pro Basketball’s Owner, Referee Ranks

Women make up just a fraction of professional basketball referees, coaches and owners. A St. Louis woman is doing her best to change that. Khalia Collier is owner and general manager of the St. Louis Surge, the region’s only professional women’s sports team. In her eighth season at the helm of the team, Collier is also … More Khalia Collier: Team Owner Shoots For More Women In Pro Basketball’s Owner, Referee Ranks

How divided is St. Louis? Filmmaker seeks to find out in season two of ‘Smoke City’

St. Louis activist and filmmaker Cami Thomas moved back to St. Louis from college a year after Michael Brown’s death. While news of the 2014 shooting and the protests that followed grabbed national attention, she was miles away at school — grappling with the developments and fallout. When she returned to St. Louis, Thomas said … More How divided is St. Louis? Filmmaker seeks to find out in season two of ‘Smoke City’

‘I dream’: St. Louis child hopes the city will do something about vacant properties

Gravois Park has an unlikely advocate for inclusive development in a 12-year-old girl who wants to see the vacant buildings and lots on her block be transformed into safe, liveable places. Deyon Ryan’s passion for the issue is partly influenced by her father DeAndre Brown, who has been vocal on the issue. Ryan wrote about … More ‘I dream’: St. Louis child hopes the city will do something about vacant properties

Nordstrom Rack incident leaves St. Louis teen skeptical about racial bias training

The anti-bias training that closed Starbucks stores across the U.S. for a few hours Tuesday is over. Will it change anything? That’s what one St. Louisan is asking after he was recently racially profiled at a local Nordstrom Rack. Mekhi Lee, 19, and his two friends were shopping at the store in early May when … More Nordstrom Rack incident leaves St. Louis teen skeptical about racial bias training

St. Louis conference ‘celebrates’ 50 years of Fair Housing Act

Advocates concerned about persistent housing segregation in the region might question why promotional materials for the 2018 Fair Housing Conference use the word “celebrate” in reference to the Fair Housing Act. “The reality is the racial segregation that we see everywhere in this country is the product of very explicit design by the federal state … More St. Louis conference ‘celebrates’ 50 years of Fair Housing Act

Curious Louis: The future of St. Louis’ ‘unofficial’ Chinatown

St. Louis once had a thriving hub for Chinese immigrants moving to the city. Historical records show in 1894 there were about 1,000 people of Chinese heritage living in St. Louis, many of whom had moved to the region from California in the middle part of the century. A St. Louis Public Radio listener wanted … More Curious Louis: The future of St. Louis’ ‘unofficial’ Chinatown

‘We are the voice:’ St. Louis student leaders reflect on 50th anniversary of King assassination

On March 14, students Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School walked out of their school and through their Grand Center neighborhood in St. Louis, stopping on the steps of St. Francis Xavier College Church. Among the Cardinal Ritter students who took part in the walkout, were two members of the school’s student council: Deja Brown, 17, is … More ‘We are the voice:’ St. Louis student leaders reflect on 50th anniversary of King assassination

Census 2020: Africans, African-Americans consider how to respond to questions about origins

The 2020 census is still two years away, but there is plenty of buzz about what the federal survey will ask, including questions about citizenship and country of origin. For the first time, people will be able to write in their origins in a blank box on the census instead of just checking a race. … More Census 2020: Africans, African-Americans consider how to respond to questions about origins

Inside the St. Louis Workhouse: Conditions, treatment and time served remain under scrutiny

This story was selected as a finalist in the 2018 ArchCity Defenders “Excellence in Poverty” Awards!  St. Louis public safety officials want city residents to know people jailed at the St. Louis Medium Security Institution are treated humanely despite allegations to the contrary. In March, the mayor’s spokesman invited reporters to tour the jail — … More Inside the St. Louis Workhouse: Conditions, treatment and time served remain under scrutiny