St. Louis Youth | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis Youth

According to researchers, In August 1619, about 350 Africans were torn from their families and homes in Angola and forced on a Portuguese slave ship. While chained aboard the ship, which was headed to Vera Cruz, Mexico, a group of Dutch pirates captured t
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

During Anthony Ross’ formative years, his family moved around St. Louis and St. Louis County several times. The one constant in his life was education. His mother encouraged him to do well in school, relying on public schools to teach him about African American history. 

Ross said that didn’t happen. His extensive knowledge about St. Louis’ black history and his African ancestors grew out of his own curiosity and his passion for black history. 

Six-year-old Rae Reece, at left, tells a story about "the best day ever" during St. Louis Public Radio's We Live Here" house party Nov. 27 as storytelling coach Chiffontae Ross looks on.
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

For four seasons now, St. Louis Public Radio’s We Live Here podcast team has been telling community-driven stories for listeners “somewhere on the woke spectrum.” A couple weeks ago, co-producers and hosts Tim Lloyd and Kameel Stanley took that concept one step further and asked a handful of local young people to do the storytelling themselves.

The fresh voices that were in the spotlight at We Live Here’s well-attended house party on Nov. 27 are also the focus of this week’s new episode of the podcast.

On Friday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh previewed some of the highlights with Stanley, who noted that the new episode is part of an effort to get more youth voices on the show.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 6, 2012 - After University City officials voted last year to scrap a bill aimed at controlling crowds in the Delmar Loop, Mayor Shelley Welsch said two new groups, one local and one regional, were needed to address issues involving youth in the Loop and the metropolitan area.