civil rights http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Gathering Of Aging Activists Recalls A Protest And A Federal Law That Changed St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/gathering-aging-activists-recalls-protest-and-federal-law-changed-st-louis <p>St. Louis attorney Frankie Muse Freeman helped to set the tone Wednesday when she summed up what it meant to be a young civil rights activist during the '60s.</p><p>“We were all branded troublemakers,” she said, “and I’m proud of that.”</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 20:55:06 +0000 Robert Joiner 34209 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Gathering Of Aging Activists Recalls A Protest And A Federal Law That Changed St. Louis The Rev. James F. DeClue: Headed Local NAACP, Worked For Employment http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/rev-james-f-declue-headed-local-naacp-worked-employment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 1983, James </span>DeClue<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> beat James </span>DeClue<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for the position of president of the St. Louis chapter of the NAACP. The Rev. James F. </span>DeClue<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a Baptist minister and corporate executive, led the city NAACP for much of the </span>1980s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, despite a serious challenge from his cousin, the late Dr. James A. </span>DeClue<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 13:54:46 +0000 Gloria S. Ross 34144 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The Rev. James F. DeClue: Headed Local NAACP, Worked For Employment STL Rising Star, Alicia Reve' Like, Helps Piece Together Black History in 'Gee's Bend' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/stl-rising-star-alicia-reve-helps-piece-together-black-history-gees-bend <p><em>Alicia Reve' Like plays Nella, a bright patch in an Alabama family whose quilts tell stories of segregation and the civil rights movement. </em></p><p>Last February, Alicia Reve' Like portrayed a motel maid who whooped up on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in <a href="https://www.stlbeacon.org/#!/content/29558/mountaintop_play_022313">the Black Rep’s “The Mountaintop,” the story of King’s last hours.</a></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 05:10:42 +0000 Nancy Fowler 33591 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org STL Rising Star, Alicia Reve' Like, Helps Piece Together Black History in 'Gee's Bend' New Mavis Staples Bio Gives Unprecedented Insight Into The Singer And Her Family http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-mavis-staples-bio-gives-unprecedented-insight-singer-and-her-family <p>Despite a musical career that has spanned decades and provided inspiration for the civil rights movement, until recently the only information available about the Staple Singers was from interviews, articles and songs.</p><p>A new biography by Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot changes all that by providing the back story of the musical family in book form for the first time. With a nod to two hit songs, the book is titled “I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom’s Highway.”</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:38:17 +0000 Camille Phillips 33311 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Mavis Staples Bio Gives Unprecedented Insight Into The Singer And Her Family Eyewitness Of The Emmett Till Kidnapping Shares Story, Honors Martin Luther King Jr. In St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/eyewitness-emmett-till-kidnapping-shares-story-honors-martin-luther-king-jr-st-louis <div><p>Before Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I have a dream” speech, before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus, Emmett Till — a young, black Chicagoan — was murdered for whistling at a white woman in Mississippi.</p><p>In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Emmett Till’s cousin, Simeon Wright, is in St. Louis to give a presentation about the Civil Rights Movement and share the personal story that led to his participation in it.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:41:07 +0000 Camille Phillips 33056 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Eyewitness Of The Emmett Till Kidnapping Shares Story, Honors Martin Luther King Jr. In St. Louis The March On Washington And Its Impact On St. Louis: How Far Have We Come Since 1963? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/march-washington-and-its-impact-st-louis-how-far-have-we-come-1963 <p>In the summer of 1963, hundreds of thousands across the nation converged on Washington, D.C. to march for jobs and freedom.</p><p>Meanwhile, back in St. Louis, local civil rights activists were gearing up for a demonstration of their own: <a href="http://www.stlpublicradio.org/programs/black-white/jeffersonbank.php">a picket line and sit-in at Jefferson Bank</a>, also calling for equal employment for African Americans. Despite being located in an African American neighborhood, the only African Americans employed by the bank worked as janitors.</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 21:22:38 +0000 Camille Phillips 29468 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The March On Washington And Its Impact On St. Louis: How Far Have We Come Since 1963? 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing Still Resonates With Survivor Nearly 50 Years Later http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/16th-street-baptist-church-bombing-still-resonates-survivor-nearly-50-years-later <p></p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Erin Williams 10350 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing Still Resonates With Survivor Nearly 50 Years Later 'Child Of The Civil Rights Movement' Author Paula Young Shelton Furthers Legacy Of African Americans http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/child-civil-rights-movement-author-paula-young-shelton-furthers-legacy-african-americans-0 <p></p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Erin Williams 9670 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 'Child Of The Civil Rights Movement' Author Paula Young Shelton Furthers Legacy Of African Americans Historic Lewis Place neighborhood to receive $1M in storm aid http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/historic-lewis-place-neighborhood-receive-1m-storm-aid <p>St. Louis is freeing up $1 million dollars to fund repairs to a historic north side neighborhood damaged in last year&rsquo;s New Years Eve tornado.</p><p>The storm damage in St. Louis was not enough to qualify for federal disaster aid.</p><p>City officials announced on Monday that uninsured property owners on Lewis Place could qualify for up to $30,000 for repairs.</p><p>The storm damaged roughly 150 buildings on Lewis Place, a site know for its lush green median and historic footnote in St. Louis&rsquo; Civil Rights struggle.</p> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 22:48:04 +0000 Adam Allington 1465 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Historic Lewis Place neighborhood to receive $1M in storm aid Sixth-graders produce civil rights documentary http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/sixth-graders-produce-civil-rights-documentary <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-954088.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-954088.mp3</a></p><p>On Wednesday, students at the City Academy, a private school in north St. Louis, will have a chance to view a civil rights documentary shot and edited by their schoolmates.</p> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 15:14:41 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 587 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Sixth-graders produce civil rights documentary