University City's Jalen Hampton (15) pulls down a rebound over Cardinal Ritter's Nyjahl Vaughn during the Boys Class 5 District 5 Championship Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at University City High School. Cardinal Ritter defeated University City 47-43 in Overtime.
Paydenn Mason 6, (center) with parents Samantha and Cody Mason before the start of a birthday parade being given in her honor at January Wabash Park. The event was hosted by Ferguson Chief of Police Jason Armstrong Sat. March 6, 2021. Photo by Wiley Price / St. Louis American
Whitfield girls celebrate their 2021 Class 5 girls basketball championship at Missouri State University Fri. Mar. 19, 2021 celebrating the teams first state title. Photo by Wiley Price / St. Louis American
Whitfield girls basketball head coach Michael Slater takes a minute to give thanks after winning his first girls state basketball championship for Whitfield Fri. Mar. 19, 2021.at JQH Arena on the campus of Missouri State in Springfield, Mo. Photo by Wiley Price / St. Louis American
Pattonville running back Zeresh Lewis Jr. (4) is up ended by Hazelwood West defensive back Edward Minor during game action at Hazelwood West Sat. Mar. 27, 2021. Pattonville would defeat the Wildcat's 28-0.
STL Mayoral debate between Alderwoman Cara Spencer and St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones
STL Mayoral debate between Alderwoman Cara Spencer and St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones at Ch. 9 KETC at the offices of St. Louis Public Radio on Tue. Mar. 30, 2021. The St. Louis American, Nine PBS, 5 On Your Side, and St. Louis Public Radio partnered to host the live debate and simulcast it live on their respective channels and websites.
Inmates at the City Justice Center in downtown St. Louis stand at windows they smashed yelling to supporters late Easter Sunday night, April 4, 2021. It' the second uprising at the Justice Center in less than two months.
Tishaura Jones is serenaded by sorority sisters at a watch party, after clinching the win as St. Louis Mayor, in St. Louis on April 6, 2021. Jones, the current City Treasurer, makes history by becoming the first black woman to become St. Louis Mayor. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI
A car burns as another sits wrecked as a result of a six car crash following a police chase in north St. Louis on Monday, April 12, 2021. Firefighters extinguished the fire and transported three to area hospitals.
A St. Louis firefighter/EMT treats car crash victim
A St. Louis firefighter/EMT treats one of the victims injured in a six-car chain reaction crash caused by a suspect who led police on a high-speed chase that ended at North Broadway and East Taylor in north St. Louis. Several victims were transported to area hospitals.
Tishaura Jones taking the oath of office sworn Tuesday April 20, 2021 as St. Louis’ 47th mayor and becoming the first Black woman to serve as the city’s chief executive officer. Judge Angela Turner Quigless with the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern Dist. administered the oath.
Tishaura O. Jones poses for a photo in her office in St. Louis after taking the official Oath of Office, to become the mayor of St. Louis, the first Black woman mayor of St. Louis on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Jones was previously the Treasurer of St. Louis since 2013.
Jasminn Jones poses for a photo in Cardinal Ritter College Prep's new athletic complex on April 26, which added new collegiate-level training equipment and direct access to outdoor fields. KWAME managed the design and construction process.
Lavinia McCoy owner of Gourmet Soul restaurant hands Demond Winston his curb side order Tue. May 4, 2021 in downtown St. Louis. McCoy is happy that indoor dinning restrictions will be lifted so they can return to indoor dining starting next week.
Congresswoman Cori Bush speaks with two inmates, one without a mask, during the April 24th tour of the Medium Security Institution. Inmates said they are given just two masks a week, there is an appalling disregard for COVID-19 safety protocols and there are many other inhumane conditions.
Gabrielle Henderson, 13, a 7th grader at McKinley Classical Leadership Middle School poses with Milo Marston, 12, a student at Kairos Academies Charter School, after discussing the COVID-19 vaccination.
Dancers from Best Dance and Talent Center performed at the Annie Malone Foundation in it’s conference room during the live-stream of the 111th annual Annie Malone May Day Parade Sunday, May 16, 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic and the rainy weather caused the event to go virtual for the second time.
Natasha Pickens, President of Communications Workers of America 6355 represents the Missouri public sector workers including Department of Social Services, and the Department of Health spoke on the importance of making sure the governor knows that we want to keep the expansion in place Fri. May 14, 2021 at the Missouri Department of Social Services.
Issam Asinga (583) from Principia, Leah Thames (314) of STEAM Academy at McCluer South, Brian Brown (496) of Lutheran North, and Safiyah Reed (311) of STEAM Academy at McCluer South compete at the 2021 Missouri State High School Activities Association Class 1 and 2 state championships at Jefferson City, MO on Friday, May 21,2021
Mayor Tishaura Jones, unlike her predecessor in Room 200, is backing a bill calling for oversight of the use of surveillance technologies in the city. She spoke at a rally in support of Alderwoman Annie Rice’s proposed legislation on May 28 near the Gateway Arch.
Metro Academic and Classical High School Vice Principal Dr. Kaylan Holloway gives a fist pump to Aigelica Ellis who will be attending Coe College to study Sociology and minoring in Political Science or Pre-Athletic training.
Roosevelt High School graduates are handed programs as they enter Busch Stadium Wed. May 26, 2021 for graduation. The St. Louis Public Schools held graduation ceremonies on the 26th and 27 of last week.
Dr. Roy Jerome Williams Jr.’s grandfather and father were both Black physicians who served city residents. After his family’s six decades of care for St. Louis patients, Williams is hanging up his stethoscope 40 years after taking over his father’s practice.
Ronald Poe, director of operations for Grandbury Mortuary, wheels the flag covered body of St. Louis Firefighter Rodney Heard to a hearse, as firefighters salute at St. Mary's Hospital in Richmond Heights, Missouri on Thursday, June 17, 2021. Heard, 56, died on June 15, 2021, as a result of contracting Covid-19.
Simone Biles springs into a vault maneuver during the U.S. Olympic Gymnastic Trials in the Dome at America’s Center on June 26. She received thunderous applause throughout the weekend and, while not flawless, won the overall title and a place on the Olympic team headed to Tokyo in late July.
Congresswoman Cori Bush, St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones, Cathy Daniels (aka Mama Cat) take a picture with longtime community activist and state representative the honorable Betty Thompson at Juneteenth in Fairgrounds park Saturday June 19, 2021.
Family and friends of former St. Louis County Councilwoman Hazel Erby held a balloon launch in her honor Sun. July 11, 2021 in Fogerty Park in University City, Mo. Erby was the first Black woman elected to the St. Louis County Council and held that post 15 years, died Friday July 2, 2021 at 75.
Protesters march through the drive-thru at the McDonald's in the 3900 block of Lindell to demand better hourly wages for it's employees on Monday July 20, 2021. As fast-food companies scramble to find workers, McDonald’s cooks and cashiers in St. Louis will go on strike Wednesday, July 21, the day before the company’s annual shareholder meeting, to demand McDonald’s pay every worker a wage of least $15/hr.
Congresswoman Cori Bush announced more than $1 million in federal funding for the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis as part of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. The funding will support the organization’s Head Start program. Photo from a press conference in April 2021.
Portrait of Dr. Henry Givens displayed during home-going service
Belma Givens and their son Keith pass in front of a portrait of her husband Dr. Henry Givens, President Emeritus of Harris-Stowe State University for 32 years, during home-going services on the campus Sat. July 31, 2021. Givens was 90.
Interim St. Louis Public Safety Director Dr. Dan Isom addressing the problems at the City Justice Center downtown during a Sunday Aug. 1, 2021 press conference in front of the facility. At left is Deputy Public Safety Director Heather Taylor and on the right is Interim Department of Corrections Commissioner Jeff Carson.
Cathy "Mama Cat" Daniels with Fergusion protesters
Protesters, including Cathy “Mama Cat” Daniels (far right), rally in front of the Ferguson Police department Monday evening Aug. 9, 2021 on the seventh anniversary of the fatal shooting of Mike Brown Jr. by Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014.
Wisconsin Glo guard Kelly Moten (4) working her way past St. Louis Surge Leah Cotton (11) during championship action at Fontbonne University Sunday Aug. 15, 2021. The Surge would loose the championship game 93-77. It was the Surge's only loss of the season.
St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones signs the American Rescue Plan direct relief package into law on Monday, Aug. 16. The bill lays out plans to spend $135 million in federal money on things like vaccination efforts, public safety and housing security.
Kimberle Jones admires a portrait of her late daughter, Erica Thompson. The unvaccinated Thompson fell victim to COVID-19 on the Fourth of July and her mother is urging people, especially African Americans, to get vaccinated.
Congresswoman Cori Bush ((D-MO) told a story she had never shared publicly before of a young girl in St. Louis who became pregnant before she was ready, during the reproductive rights rally at the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis on Thurs., Sept. 9, 2021.
Jannis Williams and her grandson Mekhi Robenson with PGA pro golfer Christian Heavens
Jannis Williams and her grandson Mekhi Robenson 9, a student at Blossom Wood Day School in Hazelwood take a picture with PGA pro golfer Christian Heavens from East St. Louis, Illinios, following the Accenture Youth Golf Clinic on Thursday, Sept. 9, at Norwood Hills Country Club.
A Humvee containing the body of fallen Marine Jared Schmitz, 20, of St. Charles, Missouri, leaves St. Louis Lambert International Airport in St. Louis on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. Schmitz was among the 13 American service members and more than a hundred Afghans killed in a suicide bombing on August 26, 2021, near Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport.
Former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher and National Baseball Hall of Fame member Lee Smith throws a ceremonial first pitch before the Los Angeles Dodgers-St. Louis Cardinals baseball game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.
Darren Lorenzo and Chester Gregory do their Temptations moves performance at Powell Symphony Hall of Motown and other hits from artist like James Brown and Earth, Wind, and Fire called Dancing In The Streets Sat. Sept. 18, 2021. The orchestra was conducted by the IN UNISON Chorus’ Director Kevin McBeth.
Members of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate their 17th straight win with a 6-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. The win insures St. Louis the second wild-card spot.
Longtime Director of the Southside Senior Center Ollie Stewart (left) speaking to a group that met on the problem with naming an urgent care on the campus of the new NGA after Atty. Homer G. Phillips Thu. Sept. 30, 2021 at the Southside Senior Center in the city’s Gate neighborhood.
MICDS Rams Steven Hall (9) picking up yards on Lutheran North’s Jamez Lee (22) on the ground, Chris Moore (23) and Rico Merriweather (26) on Friday October 1, 2021 at Lutheran North High School. The Rams would defeat the Crusaders 56-37.
A Stop The Bans Rally was held Saturday morning Oct. 2, 2021 in Luther Ely Smith Park. Kawanna Shannon, director of surgical services for Planned Parenthood spoke to about 200 supporters gathered to hear speakers in support of keeping abortion rights available.
A student at Confluence Academy is searched before being arrested after a fight broke out in the cafeteria Wednesday afternoon Oct. 20, 2021. The fight started with a group of girls after which boys joined in and tables and chairs were thrown. No one was reported seriously hurt.
Rochelle Smith is seated next to a commemorative plaque at the amphitheater and Clock Tower of St. Louis University honoring her late husband Dr. Jonathan Smith, Ph.D. and his legacy Mon. Oct. 25, 2021. SLU’s inaugural vice president for diversity and community engagement, Smith died suddenly on June 19 at the age of 61 following a stroke.
Mayor Tishaura O. Jones with Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas
St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones addressed gun violence with Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas in St. Louis on Friday, Oct. 29. During the briefing, five gunshots rang out from a nearby house prompting many at the press conference to take cover inside a building. Neither mayor flinched nor left following the gun shots.
The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame CEO & Executive Director Jerald Andrews inducted basketball standout Larry Hughes into the 2021 class of the Missouri State Sports Hall of Fame Sunday Nov. 14, 2021. The event was held at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel.
The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame CEO & Executive Director Jerald Andrews inducts long time United Press International photojournalist Bill Greenblatt into the 2021 class of the Missouri State Sports Hall of Fame Sunday Nov. 14, 2021. Greenblatt is the first sports photographer to be inducted. The event was held at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel.
The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame CEO & Executive Director Jerald Andrews inducts sports broadcaster Mike Claiborne into the 2021 class of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Sunday Nov. 14, 2021. The event was held at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel.
Jamie Edwards tends an urban garden that was a vacant lot in North St. Louis on Nov. 12, 2021. Edwards said she's had to overcome escalating costs and accidental demolitions as she tries to feed the community.
Washington University School of Medicine’s Dr. Will Ross, making his address on “An American Dilemma: Asserting a Moral Imperative in Our Quest For Health Equity” after being installed as the new Alumni Endowed Professor Of Medicine Thus. Nov. 11, 2021 at the Eric P. Newman Education Center Auditorium.