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.
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.”
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.
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.
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
McKinstry spoke with students at Confluence Academy March 14.
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McKinstry released her memoir, "While The World Watched," in 2011.
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McKinstry, now 64, resides in Birmingham and travels the world sharing her story.
Sixth-graders taught by Haliday Douglas at City Academy, a private school in north St. Louis, produced a documentary about the civil rights movement in St. Louis.
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St. Louis alderman Freeman Bosley Sr. speaks to 6th graders at City Academy. Bosley, a longtime civil rights activist and the father of the city's first black mayor, was one of the subjects of a documentary shot and edited by the 6th graders.
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City Academy 6th grade teacher Haliday Douglas helps a student prepare to interview Norman Seay, who helped found the St. Louis chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality and spent 90 days in jail for his role in the Jefferson Bank protest
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Sixth graders at City Academy interview Beth Louis, the granddaughter of Branch Rickey. As general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Rickey signed Jackie Robinson to a major league contract, breaking the color barrier in baseball.