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U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) will give the keynote speech at the Kick-Off Program for the 33rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Statewide Celebration at 6:30 p.m. Friday, February 8 in the Main Auditorium of the Dr. Henry Givens, Jr. Administration Building at Harris-Stowe State…

Local artist Paul Stanton visited the Academy Journalism club at Pierre Laclede Junior Career Academy on February 15 to discuss local black history, his portraits of historic black people from the St. Louis area (such as Annie Malone, Josephine Baker, Dick Gregory, Arthur Ashe and Chuck Berr…

On January 2, 1957, I was escorted by my mother and her friend Robert to Union Station to catch the train for Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas to begin my basic training. It was a cold, dark night. I boarded the train with a number of other recruits.  I was filled with a lot of …

The Sheldon Art Galleries presents “Higher Ground: Honoring Washington Park Cemetery, Its People and Place,” an unprecedented multimedia exhibition, March 3 – August 26, in both the Bernoudy Gallery of Architecture and the Gallery of Photography. An opening reception is scheduled for 5-7 p.m…

Governor Eric Greitens was among the guest speakers when the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus recently celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Greitens, who was the first governor in recent years to attend the annual event, shared a story about his efforts to plan one of the fir…

I was born here in St. Louis on December 25, 1940. Due to my humble beginnings, no one would have believed that I would become a successful movie actor and singer. There are so many youngsters today whose life mirrors my childhood, young people who don’t believe tomorrow holds any hope for t…

It was black history – ancient African history – that first got Courtney M. Baxter interested in history. From one of the last generations that grew up on television, rather than web-based media, she was fascinated by the History Channel’s programs on ancient Egypt. She can also thank George…

Civil rights warrior Diane Nash’s long history of disrupting racial discrimination was celebrated on January 12 during the fifth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Tribute at Saint Louis University.

The Missouri Veterans History Project is looking to record, preserve and make accessible the personal accounts of Missouri War Veterans so future generations may hear directly from the veterans and better understand the realities of war. The interviews are conducted by trained staff, and a c…

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life work focused on creating equality of opportunity for all Americans. In this struggle, economic injustice remained his commitment as his last days in Memphis challenged unfair wages and working conditions of sanitation workers. Many tributes this year will no…

Social media was clogged with daunting remarks of criticism geared toward billionaire, entrepreneur and television legend Oprah Winfrey recently. The negative comments were in reaction to her commentary regarding her view of progress and strategy being used in Ferguson, Missouri and the “Bla…

Countless men and women demonstrated, protested, sacrificed, and bled for their basic entitlement of equality, but during African-American History Month we appear to only distinguish or reflect on a select few. We recognize the same heroes and heroines over and over again, yet there are some…

Wil Haygood, Washington Post reporter and author of “The Butler,” stood on a stage facing an audience full of anticipation. Haygood was moments away from giving the keynote address for the St. Louis Public Library’s Black History Month celebration held recently at the Central Library, 1301 O…

I walked briskly out of Room 200 headed back to the assessor’s office. The assessor’s office is on the first floor in the southwest corner of City Hall. I was feeling so self-conscious that I believed that everyone I saw in the City Hall corridors knew what Mayor Vince Schoemehl and I had ta…