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Ferguson, one year later: Is the St. Louis region moving in the right direction?

Clockwise from the upper left: John Powell, Greg Gibson, Amy Peach and George Lenard.
Sarah Kellogg | St. Louis Public Radio
Clockwise from the upper left: John Powell, Greg Gibson, Amy Peach and George Lenard.

Part 4 of 5

The death of Michael Brown at the hands of a police officer in Ferguson brought the eyes of the world to St. Louis last August. But it’s the people who live in St. Louis who were impacted most directly.

Now that a year has almost passed, St. Louis Public Radio is inviting you to share how Brown’s death affected your life, as well as your thoughts about how the events that followed impacted the region as a whole. We’ll be asking you a different question every day this week.

Today’s question: Is St. Louis as a region moving in the right direction to bridge gaps of race and class? If so, how so? If not, what needs to be done differently?

Here’s what a few people have had to say so far.

I do think we’re headed in the right direction. I just think it’s going to take a very long time…The problem that we’re faced with right now is that we do work together, we do go to school together, but we’re not friends as a group and that needs to change, and that’s very, very difficult. — Amy Peach, Richmond Heights

  

Amy Peach is director of instructional technology at Fontbonne University.
Credit Sarah Kellogg | St. Louis Public Radio
Amy Peach is director of instructional technology at Fontbonne University.

I’m not a politician.  I’m not an elected official, so I can’t say if it’s moving forward or not. — Greg Gibson, Breckenridge Hills  

Greg Gibson is director of sales for Tape 4 LLC.
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Greg Gibson is director of sales for Tape 4 LLC.

Ferguson, one year later: Is the St. Louis region moving in the right direction?
Greg Gibson shares his thoughts about the direction of the St. Louis region.

Our state legislature didn’t do too much in their session to deal with these problems. I think there are still probably a lot of people in greater Missouri who feel as though this is just a St. Louis problem, it’s an urban problem, it’s a black problem and they don’t want to really address the issue. — John Powell, Ferguson

John Powell teaches social justice at Villa Duchesne, a Catholic school for girls in 7 -12th grade.
Credit Sarah Kellogg | St. Louis Public Radio
John Powell teaches social justice at Villa Duchesne, a Catholic school for girls in 7 -12th grade.

Ferguson, one year later: Is the St. Louis region moving in the right direction?
John Powell explains why he's not sure whether St. Louis is headed in the right direction.

If Mike Brown had simply been buried like so many other victims of police violence and after a few days, even with rioting and so forth, things had settled back to the routine, I think we’d be stuck exactly where we were and there would have been no change. — George Lenard, University City

George Lenard is an attorney.
Credit Sarah Kellogg | St. Louis Public Radio
George Lenard is an attorney.

Ferguson, one year later: Is the St. Louis region moving in the right direction?
George Lenard talks about whether he thinks the St. Louis region is headed in the right direction.

Do you have thoughts of your own to share? Continue the conversation in the comments section below, or become a source for St. Louis Public Radio through the Public Insight Network, which is how we received the responses above. Tell us: What has changed for you, one year later? You may also see the complete responses from these sources and others. 

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