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Emanuele Berry

Emanuele Berry is a 2012 graduate of Michigan State University. Prior to coming to St. Louis she worked as a talk show producer at WKAR Public Radio in Michigan. Emanuele also interned at National Public Radio, where she worked at the Arts and Information Desk. Her work has been recognized by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television Digital News Association and the Hearst Journalism Awards Program. Berry worked with St. Louis Public Radio from 2014 to 2015.

From a march in Ferguson on Aug. 15
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Durham, Cleveland, Portland and New York: These are just some of the cities from which people are traveling to St. Louis this weekend for "Ferguson October" — a series of events, including marches, rallies and educational sessions.

Emanuele Berry

A handful community leaders publicly introduced the “Joint Community Relations Group” at Greater St. Mark Family Church on Wednesday. The people involved have been meeting privately during the past several weeks to discuss “strategies and tactics” to deal with the issues surrounding Ferguson.

The group consists of more than 50 politicians, police officials, clergy and activists.

Ferguson Residents Outside A Town Hall Meeting Earlier This Fall.
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Diversity and racial tension were the focus Tuesday evening at Ferguson’s third town hall meeting.

Ferguson resident Darci Knowles, who is related to the town's mayor by marriage, said those in attendance participated in small group activities where residents were asked to discuss stereotypes in Ferguson, white privilege and ongoing commitments to racial relations. Knowles, who is white, said the tone of the discussion was not contentious.

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At Ferguson's second town hall meetings Tuesday evening, the issue was communication between Ferguson residents and leaders.

Chris LaPorta, a resident who attended the meeting, said afterward that those in attendance discussed how the city shares information with the community.

“Many of the folks have said they don’t have Twitter, they don’t have Facebook and they really need some other way to get their information,” LaPorta said.

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The California-based group “We Copwatch” has raised more than $7,000 to purchase small video cameras. The group donated the cameras to residents of Canfield Green, the apartment complex where Michael Brown was shot.

So far, they have distributed about 100 cameras to monitor police and ensure accountability. They plan to pass out another hundred cameras early next week.

Jacob Crawford is an organizer with “We Copwatch.” He’s staying in Ferguson helping train residents on how to effectively use their cameras. He says monitoring cops is an act of defense.

At the Ferguson Farmers Market August 2014
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 Update 4:53 PM: Ferguson officials have confirmed that the Ferguson Farmers Market  has been canceled for Saturday due public safety concerns.

The Ferguson Farmers Market has been canceled this weekend. Market manager Marveena Miller said the market will be closed, because StreetFest was canceled.

StreetFest is an annual Ferguson event that had been scheduled for this weekend. City officials decided earlier this week to postpone the festival.

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Representatives from the civil rights division of the U.S. Justice Department told an audience of about 200 people Wednesday night that their inquiry into the practices of the Ferguson Police Department, including officer training, patterns of arrest, stops and the use of force, would take time.

But, said the division's Christy Lopez, the department has already started making changes.

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This morning Canfield Green resident Yvon Clark woke up to yelling.

“I heard someone saying somebody set it on fire,” he said. “Wake up, wake up everybody get up. And I came to the door and I looked out the door and I saw one SUV truck sitting here.”

Here, is next to a curbside memorial for Michael Brown, which was burned down this morning.

Ferguson Police Department Capt. Jeremy Corcoran said his department received a call at 6:45 a.m., reporting a fire on the roadway in the Canfield Green apartment complex.

Ferguson Residents Outside A Town Hall Meeting Earlier This Fall.
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The focus Monday night was on clearing up misconceptions about Ferguson at the first of a series of residents-only town hall meetings.

Afterwards, some participants said they appreciated the chance to talk freely with neighbors and public officials. Others thought little progress was made.

Mark Regester courtesy of the Documenting Ferguson archive

The library at Washington University in St. Louis is building a digital repository called “Documenting Ferguson.” The collection will provide the community with a space to save the media they’ve captured since the death of Michael Brown.

The online collection is open for anyone to contribute material.The archive will accept photos, audio, video, and written stories.

Shannon Davis is the Digital Projects Librarian at Washington University. She says it’s important to capture this material now before it disappears.

A box full of LGBT periodicals. These items have been collected as part of the St. Louis LGBT history project.
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Nearly 40 years ago, Brian Hyland’s song "Gypsy Woman" played on a Jukebox and former St. Louis resident Lee Maynard found his name for performing in drag: Gypsy Lee. It was the first song that came on and someone said that was a great name. Maynard agreed.

When Maynard performed as Gypsy Lee around St. Louis in the 1970s, his standby song was Cher’s "Half-Breed." It’s a song that matched his elaborate costume.

Emanuele Berry

Under the cover of a large umbrella, Shiron Hagens trudges through a Jennings shopping center parking lot that borders Ferguson. She stops just outside a store. Hagens is not here to shop, but to register voters.

Following the death of Michael Brown many people joined marches and protest. Hagens started registering.

Rebecca Smith

On Tuesday's one-month anniversary of the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer, some local leaders focused on ways to move forward, while Brown's family called again for answers in the investigation.

Local elected leaders representing the Ferguson area came together Tuesday to discuss strategies to heal after the unrest that shook the city for more than two weeks in August following Brown's death.

Ray Marklin

Greek Orthodox, Muslim and Hindu musical ensembles are just part of the lineup for the fourth annual September 11th Interfaith Commemoration in Music: An Appreciation of Religious Diversity.

Sunday’s event is the work of Arts & Faith St. Louis, a coalition of local arts and faith leaders. The show focuses on bringing people of different ethnicities and faiths together both on stage and in the audience.

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A crowd of more than a thousand gathered in Ferguson Saturday, responding to a national call to march in memory of Michael Brown.

The huge crowd milled chaotically at first. Then once Michael Brown’s family arrived, the group moved out to the beat of drums and the call of competing chants.

From the street corner where the QuikTrip burned, the crowd marched to the site where Michael Brown died. There, a group wearing black peacekeeper shirts circled the family while an Imam and a preacher prayed.

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Updated 8/30 9 p.m.

Just as the Freedom Riders for the 1960s found shelter in a church, so did the modern Freedom Riders who made their way to St. Louis this weekend.

Nearly 300 young activist from 20 states gathered at St. John United Church of Christ this weekend to kick off a variety of efforts in St. Louis. The group heard speeches from local people who have been involved in Ferguson, including St. Louis rapper Tef Poe.

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When Kevin Powell was 15 he found himself cuffed and bloodied in the back of a police car.

He’d been pulled off a bus for fighting with another kid. Though the police calmly removed the other, fair-skinned, fighter from the bus; Kevin was thrown in the cop car and assaulted by officers after mouthing off.

Last night Powell shared this story with the St. Louis community as part of a town hall meeting. More than 150 people packed the Missouri History Museum's main hall to discuss the impact of Ferguson and the next steps forward for the community.

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For 120 years, Ferguson, Mo. -- currently home to 21,203 people -- has been a little city that has grown in good times and evolved in hard times, with little attention from folks outside the St. Louis region.

That changed in a flash of gunfire last Saturday when a Ferguson police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an African-American 18-year-old who was unarmed.

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"The people who did the damage to this store are not our customers,” Mike Jacob said, looking around his ransacked store. “100 percent not our customers. The community here is very good, smart people. Very good people.”

Jacob owns the convenience store Sam's Meat Market and Liquor on W. Florissant Ave., one of the dozens of businesses in the process of rebuilding after rioters vandalized and stole from stores in Ferguson.

Emanuele Berry

A white van travels though the Spanish Cove apartment complex in North St. Louis County. On top of the vehicle a loud speaker blasts classic ice cream truck tunes. The van pulls over on the side of the road. The driver flings open the doors to reveal a wide selection of … books.

The St. Louis County Library’s Sweet Reads program provides a traveling collection books to Spanish Lake residents during the summer. This is the program’s second year.

Starting this fall, however, the program will run year long.

Nearly 60,000 undocumented children have crossed the border between the United States and Mexico since October 2013. Some of the children have made their way to St. Louis.

Kristine Walentik, an attorney at Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry in St. Louis, says many of the organization's recent clientele are coming from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

The St. Louis Arches perform at Circus Flora in 2010.
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Update July 29: The St. Louis Arches arrived safely in the city this morning. The nine performers and three adults had their stay in Israel extended for almost a week after flights in and out of that country were temporarily halted.

The trip was Arches' member Donesha Buhr’s first time out of the United States. She says, while she enjoyed the experience, she’s excited to be home.

John Karel
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After 27 years, John Karel, the director of Tower Grove Park is stepping down.

Karel says during his time as director he always worked to restore, maintain and improve the park. The next person will still have a lot to do to maintain the city's second largest park.

In August, Chesterfield Arts will stop day-to-day operations because of a shortage in funds.

The non-profit organization works to promote art education and public art in West St. Louis County.

This year the nonprofit faced declining revenue. In addition, they were forced to move. The organization was notified in the fall of 2013 that they would have to relocate by June of this year.

Chesterfield Arts Board President Mary Brown said  they were unable to find a new permanent home.

The African Diaspora Council Inc. is holding its first annual Nelson Mandela celebration this weekend. The event marks Nelson Mandela's 96th birthday. 

The African Diaspora Council’s event includes a dinner, a cultural performance, a 6K run and a soccer tournament.  

The tournament, which is scheduled for Saturday evening, will feature four teams representing different countries.  The teams will consist of players of varying African descent and other local community members.

Juwaun Crawford plays Chuck Berry.
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The history of the Ville neighborhood has been told through books and film. Now the community's story will be told through opera.

In honor of St. Louis’ 250th birthday, St. Louis ArtWorks commissioned “On Whose Shoulders We Stand: An Opera,” which focuses on the Ville.

It will be performed this weekend by students in the ArtWorks program.

Juwaun Crawford is one of the teens in the program. With his sailor hat and shiny gold guitar crafted from cardboard and foil, he plays a magnetic Chuck Berry.