civil rights

St. Louis on the Air
5:20 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Civil Rights Advocate Says It’s Time For A New Brown Strategy

Sherrilyn Ifill participates in the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington in Washington, D.C., in 2013.
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Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, had planned to discuss the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision during her trip to St. Louis. That changed after Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:52 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Civil Rights Leaders Discuss Rule Of Law, Civil Disobedience

Civil disobedience is a likely next step among those protesting the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson. Highway shutdowns plans, for example, were announced last weekend, and there was a small short-lived shutdown then. Additional shutdowns are planned.

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civil rights act
2:55 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Gathering Of Aging Activists Recalls A Protest And A Federal Law That Changed St. Louis

Frankie Muse Freeman
Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio intern

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.

“We were all branded troublemakers,” she said, “and I’m proud of that.”

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7:54 am
Tue March 4, 2014

The Rev. James F. DeClue: Headed Local NAACP, Worked For Employment

The Rev. James DeClue Jr.
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In 1983, James DeClue beat James DeClue for the position of president of the St. Louis chapter of the NAACP. The Rev. James F. DeClue, a Baptist minister and corporate executive, led the city NAACP for much of the 1980s, despite a serious challenge from his cousin, the late Dr. James A. DeClue. The Rev. DeClue died last week at the age of 86.

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Mustard Seed Theatre
11:10 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

STL Rising Star, Alicia Reve' Like, Helps Piece Together Black History in 'Gee's Bend'

Marty Casey (left) and Alicia Reve' Like from Gee's Bend.
Credit Mustard Seed Theater

Alicia Reve' Like plays Nella, a bright patch in an Alabama family whose quilts tell stories of segregation and the civil rights movement.

Last February, Alicia Reve' Like portrayed a motel maid who whooped up on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Black Rep’s “The Mountaintop,” the story of King’s last hours.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:38 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

New Mavis Staples Bio Gives Unprecedented Insight Into The Singer And Her Family

Mavis Staples performing at the Chicago Blues Fest in 2012.
Credit Adam Bielawski / via Wikimedia Commons

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.

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.”

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St. Louis on the Air
4:41 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Eyewitness Of The Emmett Till Kidnapping Shares Story, Honors Martin Luther King Jr. In St. Louis

A 1955 rally in New York City protesting the murder of Emmett Till.
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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.

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.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:22 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

The March On Washington And Its Impact On St. Louis: How Far Have We Come Since 1963?

Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963. Photograph by Rowland Scherman for USIA.
(via Wikimedia Commons / U.S. National Archives and Records Administration)

In the summer of 1963, hundreds of thousands across the nation converged on Washington, D.C. to march for jobs and freedom.

Meanwhile, back in St. Louis, local civil rights activists were gearing up for a demonstration of their own: a picket line and sit-in at Jefferson Bank, 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.

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4:00 am
Wed March 20, 2013

16th Street Baptist Church Bombing Still Resonates With Survivor Nearly 50 Years Later

Congress of Racial Equality and members of the All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, D.C. march in memory of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing victims. The banner, which says “No more Birminghams”, shows a picture of the aftermath of th

On Sunday, September 15, 1963, a 14-year old Carolyn McKinstry witnessed an event that would change her life forever – the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. The incident killed Carolyn's four friends - and would become an recurring topic of conversation and lasting mark on America's history to this day.

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Arts & Culture
4:00 am
Wed February 27, 2013

'Child Of The Civil Rights Movement' Author Paula Young Shelton Furthers Legacy Of African Americans

In 'Child of the Civil Rights Movement,' Shelton recalls witnessing history being made by activists and action members at her dining room table.
Random House

As the daughter of civil rights figure and U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young, Paula Young Shelton found herself surrounded by many an activist during her childhood in Atlanta. Her fond recollections include spending time with her “Uncle Martin,” Martin Luther King Jr., and being carried on her father’s back during the Selma to Montgomery March as African Americans fought for equal voting rights. She captures and elaborates upon these moments in her children’s book, “Child Of The Civil Rights Movement.” She was in town recently with the Hands On Black History Museum to read her book to St.

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