“Overcoming Obstacles to Create Community” is an initiative of the Women’s Voices’ Racial Justice Committee. Each month, we’ll provide timely, concrete ideas and suggestions you can include in your daily lives.
January – Educate Yourself!
- Learn something about Black history. Visit the Griot Museum of Black History at 2505 St. Louis Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63106. Hours (subject to change) are Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Where does Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice stand on issues related to racial justice? You will learn a good deal by reading the Racial Justice Position Paper.
- Learn about the Black community in St. Louis. Read the St. Louis American, the city’s award winning Black newspaper. Free print copies of the St. Louis American can be found in 880 locations throughout the St. Louis area, and is available in almost every major grocery store, including Schnucks.
- Read at least one of the excellent books read by the Racial Justice Book Club. You can find a list of these books on the Racial Justice page of the Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice website. To learn more and share thoughts and ideas with others, attend a Racial Justice Book Club discussion.
- Learn here what Black Lives Matter is really about. Wikipedia also has good information about the group, its history, principles, strategies, etc.
- Visit the National Blues Museum. Since its origins in the Deep South long ago, the Blues has been a bedrock for virtually all American popular music and an integral part of the African American experience.
- Listen to We Live Here, a podcast produced by St. Louis Public Radio. We Live Here explores the issues of race, class and power that led to the eruption following Michael Brown’s shooting death in Ferguson.
- Watch the documentary 13th, an in-depth look at the prison system in the U.S. and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality. Available through Netflix.
- On Monday, January 16, 2019, participate in Martin Luther King Jr. Day events throughout the city, including the annual Freedom March.
- See the Common Threads African-American Art Exhibition at the Morton J. May Foundation Gallery located in the Maryville Library. The exhibit runs January 28 through February 23, 2019.