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September 25th, Ms. Opal will walk from Becket Park in St. Louis, MO at 1:00 PM

Dear President Obama, Here I go again, a day late and a dollar short! I stumbled upon a contest “to meet the president” and I was busy entering the contest when (1) I lost what I was writing (I have a quirky laptop) and (2) the contest was closed, so I’ll write you any way. I begin by saying how grateful I am for having met you three times in my ninety years. I’ve been to both inaugurations, have received a letter from First Lady Michelle, and I’m a part of Federated Women here in Fort Worth, TX waiting to hear back from First Lady Michelle’s mother, Mrs. Robinson. That’s all been pleasurable, however I want to have a real sit down heart to heart talk with you. Can that be arranged? I know you are busy as a cat on a hot tin roof, that you are working with your hands tied behind your back and I admire the herculean job you’re doing. One of the many things I want to discuss with you is why Juneteenth has not been made a national holiday on the lines of Flag Day. Did you know that 45 out of 50 states have Juneteenth as state holiday? To that end I’m planning to walk to Washington, DC to hear from you for myself the reason why. I’ve done the calculations and it’s about 1400 miles. If I can do ten miles a day it will take 21 plus weeks to get to the White House if the Lord says the same and the creeks don’t rise. Only thing is, the creeks are rising in Texas right now. I am the chair of our Juneteenth Celebration in Fort Worth and have been making sure we celebrate the freedoms we have for over 40 years. I have had Obama offices both times you ran in a building that a grandson lives in now with a big Obama sign (donated by a Republican). I’m a precinct chair and do a fair job of getting my people out to vote. I do my share of feeding the hungry. I take boxes of food from our food bank to people who are house-bound for whatever reason and cannot get to the food bank or stand in long lines. We pg.

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are feeding 500 plus families per day. A wonderful group of young people (I call anyone under ninety a young person) are part of a Board that we’ve formed to farm 13 acres on the Trinity River that we’ve been given permission to use. The idea is to help some of those persons who have been incarcerated and can’t find jobs to become self-sufficient. Sixty-six people signed up to participate. Our role model is Paul Quinn College a denominational (AME) school where that president took the football field and the students are paid ten dollars an hour to grow produce that they share with the school cafeteria, their neighbors and the rest is sold. That’s what we propose for our people at a twelve dollar an hour wage. It’s our hope that their families (children) will become a part of the equation and learn that all food doesn’t come off the grocer’s shelf. There are several other things I want to talk with you about. Here’s hoping I can have an audience with you when I get there this winter. I’m looking forward to seeing you again. Sincerely,

Opal Lee Juneteenth Chair PS. You could save me a lot of shoe leather and a lot of wear and tear on an old body by saying how soon you can see me so I can get all my ducks in a row (all my questions) and not waste your time.


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Note from World Trade Center Growing Global is the St. Louis region’s premier event for the international business community. Foreign-direct investment takes center stage this year as Growing Global examines what it takes to attract and retain global investors. Join us at the Ritz-Carlton on September 23, 2016 at 11:00 am to learn about strategies companies are incorporating to grow foreign-direct investment and boost global commerce. For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Stella Sheehan Click here to register for Growing Global.

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Is history repeating itself or is there an awakening to the inflexibility of American racism? Thinking thoughtfully and critically about the powerful hegemony of whiteness, some historians and scholars assert that at its core is an opposition to Black citizenship. Periodically the pendulum swings towards justice but there’s also a strong tendency to viciously swing in the opposite direction to a backlash of intolerance. "Black people will never gain full equality in this country," said Derrick Bell, Harvard law professor and one of the authors of critical race theory, the intersectionality of race, law and power. Bell made this gloomy critique in his book, Faces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism. Dorothy Roberts expressed a similar view, put forth in her article, Welfare and the Problem of Black Citizenship: Privileged racial identity gives whites a powerful incentive to leave the existing social order intact. White Americans therefore have been unwilling to create social programs that will facilitate Blacks' full citizenship, even when those programs would benefit whites.

Roberts further said that White citizenship is based on the denial of Black citizenship which “had to be defined so as to account for the anomaly of slavery existing in a republic founded on a radical commitment to liberty, equality, and natural rights.” pg.

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Citizenship had to be defined so as to account for the anomaly of slavery existing in a republic founded on a radical commitment to liberty, equality, and natural rights.

On the other hand, optimists rhapsodize that we’re on the verge of seeing age-old problems in new ways, escaping the boundaries of conventional thinking and behavior. They believe there’s growing

appreciation and respect for the African American cultural inflection. Although the Rev. Jesse Jackson cautions that Blacks should not “accommodate” to discrimination, he’s more famous for speaking truth to power with his clarion call to “Keep hope alive.” Also recall the often-quoted saying of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King: “The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.” The opening ceremony September 24, 2016 of the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, culminates a hundred year effort, starting with Black Civil War veterans petitioning the government to erect a building to recognize African Americans’ struggles and triumphs. In all its awe-inspiring majesty, the museum speaks to Blacks as visionaries, activists and moral agents. The museum should count for progress and indeed it does. Watching on C-Span the day of the opening brought tears, pride and even laughter. It was the better angels of our nature showcased; an America you rarely see nowadays. As most have been swept up and rattled by the sinews of racism with the horrors of police brutality and murders. Not only is this not a post-racial society as some glowingly predicted with the historic win of President Barack Obama, in actuality as the Copyright © 2016 - All rights reserved.

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Rev. Jackson so pointedly said: “It’s a backlash to Obama’s presidency.” Side-by-side, we’re witnessing the best and the worst of times – the juxtaposition of two contradictory forces. A few days before the museum opening, people were again saddened, viewing throngs of protesters confronting the police in one city, Charlotte, North Carolina and prayers in another, Tulsa, Oklahoma; both in their own ways, (aggressively and passively) mourning and grieving police murders of Black citizens. In Charlotte, police officers saw Keith Lamont Scott, a 43-year-old African American man, exit a vehicle with a handgun. They ordered him to drop it, which he allegedly refused. Officer Brentley Vinson, African American, then gunned him down on the afternoon of September 20, 2016. On September 16, 2016, In Tulsa, Oklahoma, Officer Betty Shelby, shot and killed an unarmed African American man, Terence Crutcher, age 40. Police cameras videoed Crutcher with his hands above his head while several officers closely followed him with weapons raised. “Shots fired,” Shelby yelled out; then he slumped to the ground from her fatal shot. Police have killed more than 700 people this year thus far, which includes 165 African Americans, representing about 23 percent of the mortalities. Since Blacks make up only 13 percent of the U.S. population, they’ve incurred an over-representation of these tragedies.

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Igniting protests and riots, the majority of the protesters have been Black, although it’s becoming increasingly multicultural; indicating that a wide range of the public is realizing a full-blown epidemic of police violence. How White police treat Black citizens is currently being played out on the world stage yet it goes back hundreds of years, starting with the slave patrols. Dr. Gerald Horne, University of Houston, on C-Span Book TV October 2, said that implicitly understood in the 1864 presidential campaign, is that “This is a White man’s country.” He added that historically “Equating Black people with criminality has created so many of these police problems.” Nicholas Kristof in his New York Times column, October 2, 2016, When Whites Just Don’t Get It, Part 7, mentioned a Supreme Court case now being heard, Buck v. Davis, where Duane Buck was sentenced to death when an expert testified “he was more likely to commit violent crimes in the future because he was black.” Controversy makes good theater and sometimes the media can go overboard with its coverage without touching upon how to fix the problem. Many times the media reinforce stereotypes and images of Blacks as criminals; they are guilty as sin. Many newsrooms have essentially abdicated their role as the fourth estate, the informal fourth branch of government, to be in league with those who persist in demonizing African Americans. Politicians preach reform while dodging the tough work. So from time the time, the shock troopers, the demonstrators, must spearhead a campaign to capture, even shock, the public’s conscience.

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Dear Business Owner: The latest statistics show that more than 41 percent of all children in St. Louis (city) are living in families below the poverty level, and Missouri is currently the state with the fifth highest rate of children and homeless veterans uncertain of their next meal. Hunger and inner-city poverty are a regular presence within our community, but extending a heart of gratitude and lending a helping hand are ways to express that we care. These families’ economic challenges are even more difficult during the holidays and local food banks and area food pantries shouldn’t be the only entities providing help – there should be total commitment from the entire community to address these concerns. As a member of the St. Louis Regional Chamber, you have already demonstrated a commitment to help move St. Louis into the Top 10 Regions in prosperity by 2025. Your membership is evidence of your thoughtful and progressive mindset, and it is just one of the reasons I am reaching out to you about an exciting new humanitarian project. Yours is one of only (30) businesses in the area Jazzy Events & Entertainment is contacting for this unique sponsorship opportunity. Jazzy Events and Entertainment is a St. Louis-based company specializing in designing, planning, managing and producing individual and corporate special events. We seek to bring diversity in entertainment, educational and informative events to the local area, and this is your chance to join us! On Saturday, October 8, 2016, Jazzy Events & Entertainment will host the Laughs in the Lou Comedy Explosion. Proceeds from the event will provide Thanksgiving meals to hundreds of veterans, homeless and less-fortunate families in the St. Louis metropolitan area. This Comedy Benefit Show will take place at the Ambassador Theatre; located at 9800 Halls Ferry Rd. headlining the show will be Michael Coyler, best known for his role in What’s Love Got to do with it, House Party 3, Norbit and Longshots. Also appearing will be comedian TK Kirkland, who appeared in New Jersey Drive and opened for Keisha Cole, NWA, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, and Drake and Jeremiah “JJ” Williamson, best known for his role in Johnson Family Vacation. Hot Sauce will host, and music will be provided by none other than DJ Kutt. There are (three) sponsorship tiers available for your business to partner with Jazzy Events & Entertainment for this fantastic night of fun, which we hope will establish a new annual tradition in supporting our community. Sponsors will receive Logo/Brand inclusion on all promotional items, as well as VIP Passes and Meet-and-Greet opportunities (with specific packages). Secured advertising guarantees your business name could be shared thousands of times over the next four months! I look forward to hearing from you – let’s work together on changing lives this Thanksgiving Day holiday. Please see the attached sponsorship information and forward your payment in the enclosed self-addressed envelope. If you have additional questions, please contact me at (314) 324-3626 and jazzy75@me.com. Thank you for your consideration and support, Best Regards. pg.

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“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:34-40 NIV

We seek to impact the world with the love of Christ one life at a time! Hopelessness and desperation are on the rise in a world where the greatest segment of the population possesses the least amount of resources. We need your help! Please help us fight this epidemic by sending your tax deductible donations/contributions to: For His Glory Ministries of St. Louis P.O. Box 1942 Maryland Heights, MO. 63043 http://calvarychapelslc.com/homeless-ministry/ For other ways in which you can help please contact Pamela Ford at pamelaford98@gmail.com or 314-216-0744. Copyright © 2016 - All rights reserved.

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Ferguson, Missouri with the police killing of teenager Michael Brown is an iconic symbol of the inflexibility and unwillingness of so many to effectively address this issue. Though progress is being made but not without the media spotlight on public revulsion and outrage followed by the Justice Department’s intervention with oversight and reform. When Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) vowed to make the nation’s first African American president serve only one term, he said it apparently with no sting of conscience, unencumbered by bigotry. For some, his public pronouncement may have been shocking but for others it’s probably what they expected and desired. But what’s for sure, it was a complete lack of respect for the nation’s first Black president. Apparently Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate, has unleashed a barrage of pent-up and not- so pent-up racial animus, including his role in the birther movement. Trump led the charge in demanding the president’s birth certificate. But this strong reaction to Black progress is simply a continuation. In 2006, the FBI warned that White supremacist groups had infiltrated police departments around the country, as reported by the website, the Grio, May 12, 2015. “In fact, the FBI reports that of the 511 law enforcement officers killed during felony incidents from 2004 to 2013, white citizens killed the majority of them.” So why during these times when the NRA (National Rifle Association) is pushing for people to have more guns, police in an open carry state such as North Carolina claimed that Keith Lamont Scott was killed inpg.

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part because he had a gun? In the case of Crutcher, he was unarmed as many victims have been. His vehicle stalled and was in the middle of the road. Shelby’s husband, also an officer, was in a helicopter looking down on Crutcher. “He looks like a bad dude too, probably on something,” he said. But again, there’s a prevailing view that: “Almost everyone in the room looks like a criminal to a police officer so inclined,” particularly if you’re Black, the “merciless brute, the black beast.” Even Black children in pre-school are punished more than Whites, according to several reports. This year, Missouri banned any city or other municipality from ever approving a statute, which would ban such an expression of Second Amendment rights. On October 21, 2014, before this law was enacted, about 40 gun owners all apparently White males put on an “educational walk” in downtown St. Louis with guns openly displayed. It appears there were no police surveillance, harassment or questioning. In fact, it was a local TV news report. Would 40 Black men be extended the same police courtesy? The double standards are obvious. While these conversations about the gross disregard for Black rights are not new, use of videos and cameras on people’s smart phones posted on social media has caused a swirl of new talk. Prof. Roberts rendered an incisive critique connecting colonialism and slavery to denial of Black rights. There is a concerted effort to treat Blacks in perpetuity as subjects rather than citizens, remaining under state authority (in this case, police holding a powerful sway over Blacks at the behest of the ruling elite). She said: Copyright © 2016 - All rights reserved.

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Frederick Douglass observed that the same ideology employed in defense of slavery was ‘employed as a justification of the fraud and violence by which colored men are divested of their citizenship, and robbed of their constitutional rights.’ Blacks' status now resembled that of colonial subjects rather than of independent and equal beings.

Roberts asserted that society primarily view wealthy and middle-class White Americans as citizens. “Subjects, who are disproportionately Black, are stigmatized as undeserving recipients of public charity.” Yet subsidies to Whites particularly those in big business are considered an entitlement or privileges. W.E.B. Du Bois predicted, “The problem of Subjects, who are disproportionately Black, are stigmatized as undeserving recipients of public charity.

the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line.” Now that it’s the twenty-first century, it would behoove us to have all

hands on deck solving these problems once and for all. It would be sad to accept Derrick Bell’s notion that full equality for African Americans will never happen. The proverbial “elephant in the room” is racism and until we purge the nation of this virus, the pendulum will continue to swing back and forth, denying citizens their democratic and constitutional rights. We can start by addressing concentrated poverty in urban areas and the inner-ring suburbs. Said Rev. Jackson: “We don’t need more policing, we need more jobs and more development,” later adding, “You cannot police poverty. We need jobs education and healthcare.” Malaika Horne, PhD, is an academic writer and journalist.

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Scott Joplin House State Historic Site Saturday, October 15, 2016

Biking the Katy Trail Join the Scott Joplin House State Historic Site for a bike ride along the Historic Katy Trail. We begin with check in at the Scott Joplin House, 2658 Delmar at 8:30 AM then ride by bus, 38 miles to Defiance, Missouri where you will be fitted with a bicycle for our scenic fall ride along the Katy Trail to Augusta, MO.

This ride is for persons 55 years old and up that can ride a 7 mile distance We will provide for free: bus transportation from the Scott Joplin House SHS to the Katy Trail and back, bike rental, helmet and lunch in Augusta, Missouri. As space is limited you must register. Please call Almetta Jordan between 10AM and 4PM at (314)340-5790 for detailed information.

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Artist BIOGRAPHY Charisma Blue (°1982, St.Louis, United States) is a multidisciplinary artist who works in a variety of media. With Plato’s allegory of the cave in mind, Blue makes work that deals with the documentation of events and the question of how they can be presented. The work tries to express this with the help of physics and technology, but not by telling a story or creating a metaphor. Her artworks are an investigation into representations of (seemingly) concrete ages and situations as well as depictions and ideas that can only be realized in art. By rejecting an objective truth and global cultural narratives, she wants to amplify the astonishment of the spectator by creating compositions or settings that generate tranquil poetic images that leave traces and balances on the edge of recognition and alienation. Her works appear as dreamlike images in which fiction and reality meet, well-known tropes merge, meanings shift, past and present fuse. Time and memory always play a key role. By applying a poetic and often metaphorical language, she creates with daily, recognizable elements, an unprecedented situation in which the viewer is confronted with the conditioning of his own perception and has to reconsider any standing biases. Her work urges us to renegotiate art as being part of a reactive or – at times – autistic medium, commenting on oppressing themes in our contemporary society. Blue presents work in Visual, Photographic, and Performance mediums of Poetry, Dance and Theater. Copyright © 2016 - All rights reserved.

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SO REEL #1 in Civil Rights

The African American Freedom Struggle In St. Louis “... if you wanted the story of the history of civil rights in the USA and had to confine it to one city, you could write the entire story of civil rights by going back to the history of the city of St. Louis.” - Judge Nathan Young

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Ferguson may have alerted the world to the racial divide in St. Louis, but in truth the struggle for civil rights has been marked by notable events throughout our history: from the Dred Scott case to the East St. Louis race riots to the Jefferson Bank protest and beyond. This complex past will be highlighted in an exhibit at the Missouri History Museum opening next March, but you can experience a fascinating preview now as we present Gwen Moore, the Museum’s Curator of Urban Landscape and Community Identity, for a discussion of the racial justice events and issues that shaped our city and continue to influence St. Louis today.

Wednesday, November 2 5:30-7:30pm Phyllis Wheatley Heritage Center 2711 Locust St. Louis, MO 63101

Light Dinner will be served. Free Admission

Questions? Contact Mary Ferguson mferguson@ywcastlouis.org 314-531-1115 YWCA Metro St. Louis 3820 West Pine Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63108 (314) 531-1115 www.ywcastlouis.org

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In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful As Salaam Alaikum!

You are invited and please spread the word about this wonderful event!

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Ideas, Poetry, Jazz, Dance, Workshops:

EBR Writers Club presents A Festival of 'Conch-Us-nest'

October 18-21, 2016 in East St. Louis, ILLINOIS

Featuring Haki R. Madhubuti & Jerry W. Ward, Jr.

With Michael Castro, Shirley Bradley Leflore, Howard Rambsy II, Delano Redmond Jazz

Ensemble, Darlene Swanson Roy (& Writers Club Poets Roscoe “Ros” Crenshaw, Charlois Lumpkin/Mali Newman & Jaye P. Willis), Sunshine's ESL Community Performance Ensemble & Valarie Adams, MK Stallings, Treasure Shields Redmond. Plus

Laverne Backstrom, Marla Byrd, Mary Frances Cannon, Laninya Cason, Amber Howlett, Tiffany Lee, Charmaine Savage and Evon Udoh (EBR Writers Club treasurer).

Schedule of Events:

• Tuesday, October 18: 2:00 PM - Poetry Reading by Eugene B. Redmond (Arkansippi Memwars). Hosted by Professors Howard Rambsy II & Andrew Theising who are teaching a course titled “Culture, Politics and the Redmond Collection” (The Friends Corner, First Floor of Elijah P. Lovejoy Library, SIUE 62026). • Wednesday, October 19: 1:00-4:00 PM – A Master's Workshop/Panel Featuring Shirley Bradley Leflore, Haki R. Madhubuti, Darlene Roy, Jerry Ward, Jr. (Room 2074, Building B, ESL/SIUE Higher Education Campus, 601 J.R. Thompson Drive, East St. Louis, IL 62201). • Thursday, October 20: 9:00 AM-Noon – Haki R. Madhubuti & Jerry W. Ward, Jr.: “Talks with Students” (Literature, American & African American History Classes, East St. Louis Senior High School [closed to public]). • Thursday, October 20: 7:00 PM – EBR Writers Club's 26th “Annual Break Word with the World”: “A Conch-UsNest-Raising Reading/Performance”: Michael Castro, Roscoe “Ros” Crenshaw, Charlois Lumpkin (aka Mali Newman), Haki R. Madhubuti, Darlene Roy, MK Stallings, Sunshine's Drum Ensemble, Jerry W. Ward, Jr., Jaye P. Willis (Room 2083/2084, Building B, ESL/SIUE Higher Education Campus, 601 J.R. Thompson Drive, East St. Louis, IL 62201). • Friday, October 21: 10:30 AM – Tour of The Eugene B. Redmond Collection & Learning Center. Responses by EBR, Roy & Ward--& Reception (Second Floor, Elijah P. Lovejoy Library, SIUE 62026). • Friday, October 21: 7:00 PM – A Familistic Literary & Cultural Arts Celebration. Featuring Michael Castro, Shirley Bradley Leflore, EBR Writers Club (Crenshaw, Lumpkin/Newman, Roy & Willis), Delano Redmond Jazz Ensemble, Treasure Shields Redmond, Sunshine's ESL Community Performance Ensemble, Jerry W. Ward, Jr., Valarie Adams (Sunshine's Cultural Arts Center, 630 N 59th St., East St. Louis, IL 62203). Founded/chartered by Sherman L. Fowler, Redmond and Roy, the EBR Writers Club's first trustees were Margaret Walker Alexander (1915-1998) and Maya Angelou (1928-2014). Avery Brooks, Haki R. Madhubuti, Walter Mosley, Quincy Troupe, Jerry Ward, Jr., and Lena J. Weathers are current trustees. Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000), Raymond R. Patterson (1929-2001), and ESL native Barbara Ann Teer (1937-2008) served as trustees until their flights “ntu” Ancestorhood. Writer Henry L. Dumas (1934-1968), whom Toni Morrison has called “an absolute genius,” is patron saint of the group.

Sponsors: EBR Writers Club, ESL Cultural Renaissance Revival Committee, Black River Writers Press, Drumvoices Revue, SIUE English Department, ESL 1917 Centennial Commemoration Commission and Pirtle's Ice Cream. For information, call 618 6503991, email eredmon@siue.edu or write EBRWC at P.O. Box 6165, East St. Louis, IL 62201.

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The subtitle of the poem “This is My Century” is

“black synthesis of time” and the first stanza addresses Man (a universal abstraction not a culture-marked particular) ----

O Man, behold your destiny.

Revolution of the book On Being Female, Black, and

Look on this life

Free: Essays by Margaret Walker, 1932-1992 (Knoxville:

and know our future living;

University of Tennessee Press, 1997).

The vision

resonates in her didactic poems “This Is My Century” and “Giants of My Century” in This Is My Century: New and Collected Poems (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1989). It informed her teaching at Jackson State University

our former lives from these our present days now melded into one. (This Is My Century 129)

from 1949 to 1979 and her founding there , in 1968, of

It is widely believed that Walker’s poetry constitutes

the Institute for the Study of History, Life and Culture of

specific or exclusionary address to her people as black

Black People (now the Margaret Walker Alexander National

people, but as she told Nikki Giovanni in A Prophetic

Research Center). Her vision might serve us well in the

Equation ( Washington: Howard University Press, 1974)

practice of contemporary education.

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But who is willing

to examine and adapt Walker’s vision in dealing with the

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white people want to face: that in this country we

religious peace and understanding” (230) rumbled

have developed and arrived at a point where our

in my consciousness, and I found the

culture is neither black nor white but mulatto, a

Adams placed on utility or pragmatism, especially

synthesis of the two…..It’s a terrible thing to say,

in partnerships involving the natural sciences, the

but I have just as many white ancestors as I’ve got

humanities, and the social sciences, was in accord

black. That as an American, I am no pure-blooded

with what Walker had said forty years earlier. Adams

African. I am no pure-blooded European. I have

and Walker both proposed that education should

ancestors who came from both continents. (130)

eschew elitism and make itself relevant to the civic

In this sense she created ideas and

left legacies for humankind, for all Americans. Synthesis is crucial for education that is predicated on beliefs about humanistic and scientific thought that resist the whims and foibles of politics.

This point was not minimized when William

Adams, current chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, addressed the Conference on the Liberal Arts: [Re]Defining Liberal Arts Education in the 21st Century

at Jackson State

University on October 7. Adams amplified Walker’s concept of the synthesis of time. “A new concept of education based in the realities of a new concept of the universe which the Einsteinian revolution has brought to the twentieth century,” she had suggested in 1976 , “must give us through reeducation new uses for our education.

Career

goals of vocational, industrial, and liberal or technical education must also afford disciplines for life’s meaning and sharing” (On Being Female…., 230). Adams stressed the importance of communication skills, of having the capacity for analyzing and synthesizing, and

of possessing

intellectual depth and interpersonal skills in the

stress

lives of all people. Just as Walker argued that Einsteinian paradigms necessitated knowledge of science, Adams argued that the rapid evolving of scientific and technological knowledge demands a critique that may result from a core curriculum model of education.

Walker and Adams could

agree on the centrality of synthesis.

Given that Adams was speaking about the

challenges liberal education must confront at the university where Walker had forged much of her vision of education was a timely clue about what we need to remember and use as a foundation for future planning at HBCUs. Time and again, such African American teachers and poet-thinkers as Margaret Walker have [re]defined liberal arts pedagogy decades before such mainstream intellectuals as William Adams get around to contextualizing it. Perhaps PWIs might become better sites for education if they acknowledged their indebtedness to the pragmatic prescience of thinking about liberal arts in the history of HBCUs. Margaret Walker’s vision can still serve us well in the conduct of American higher education. ~Jerry W. Ward, Jr.

arenas of work and economy, citizenship, morals, and culture. As he spoke, Walker’s idealist belief that “respect for the divinity in every living human being is the first step toward world humanism and

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Share your Story Dear friends: I have been asked to write a chapter in a book that will address colorism in education. My chapter will focus on “acting white.” Specifically, when I was growing up, I was a “smart” student. My top performance in school, doing homework, raising my hand to answer questions, etc. often drew the accusation from my African American classmates and friends that I was “acting white.” Now, I know there are psychologists out there who say this is not true and does not exist. But alas, it was absolutely true for me. I have written about this in past works. I will do so again for this new book. I do know that many young folks today who continue to have such allegations hurled at them so feel free to share this email with whoever and have folks email me directly. I did a survey on this very question about 7 years ago and the results were consistent with my experiences decades ago. I’d like to update my earlier survey. I would love to hear from anyone out there who has a similar/related story either involving yourself or someone you know. I would like to include your story in the chapter. I will conceal your identity if you request. Do you have a story to share? If so, please email to me at: norwood@wulaw.wustl.edu. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead Kimberly Norwood , Professor of Law | Washington University School of Law pg.

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Dance St. Louis presents Romeo & Juliet starring Grand Rapids Ballet at the Touhill Performing Arts Center, November 4-5

It’s iconic Shakespeare reimagined through ballet as Dance St. Louis continues its 20162017 season with Romeo & Juliet starring Grand Rapids Ballet on Friday, November 4 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, November 5 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. In addition to the presentation of the two-act ballet, Dance St. Louis hosts free pre-show and intermission programs of pop-up Shakespeare performances in partnership with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ Shakespeare Squadron and SIUE Department of Theater and Dance. The pop-up Shakespeare performances take place in the Touhill’s Terrace Lobby at 7:30 p.m. before the Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. performances and 1:30 p.m. before the Saturday 2 p.m. matinee. The Marjorie Orgel Speaking of Dance series – a free Q&A session with representatives of Grand Rapids Ballet and Shakespeare Festival St. Louis – follows each performance. Known for blending classical and contemporary techniques, choreographer Mario Radacovsky’s innovative interpretation of the iconic Shakespeare tale focuses on the two lovers’ struggle with the social barrier that restricted and insulated them from childhood, and how it was broken for love. Commissioned by Grand Rapids Ballet in 2011, this passionate production contrasts concepts of duality through light and dark, dramatic simplicity of sets, and costumes splashed with color. Sergei Prokiev’s beautiful classic score is stirring in this original exploration of the fate of the star-crossed lovers.

and refined.” “A triumph,” hails dance critic Steve Sucato. “The production, although different from traditional versions, marvelously captured the essence of Shakespeare’s iconic love story and is one worth seeking out.” Under the artistic leadership of Patricia Barker since 2010, Grand Rapids Ballet has made an exciting transformation that has attracted world-class dancers, produced some of the most creative works in contemporary dance, and generated local, national, and international attention. Consisting of 24 professional dancers from the United States and around the world, Grand Rapids Ballet presents numerous styles of dance from some of the finest choreographers of the 20th and 21st centuries. UMSL is Dance St. Louis’ supporting season sponsor. Dance St. Louis is also supported by the Arts and Education Council, Missouri Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Regional Arts Commission and the Shubert Foundation.

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“Two households, both alike in dignity and wealth is where we lay our scene... From ancient hatred and civil feuding, a pair of starcrossed lovers take their life...” — William Shakespeare

WHAT: Dance St. Louis presents Romeo & Juliet starring Grand Rapids Ballet WHEN: Friday, November 4 at 8 p.m. & Saturday, November 5 at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. WHERE: Touhill Performing Arts Center TICKETS: $30-50. Available at http://dancestlouis.org

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Ideas, Poetry, Jazz, Dance, Workshops: EBR Writers Club presents A FESTIVAL of ‘CONCH-US-Nest’

October 18-21, 2016 in East St. Louis, ILLINOIS Featuring

Haki R. Madhubuti & Jerry W. Ward, Jr. With Michael Castro, Shirley Bradley Leflore, Howard Rambsy II, Delano Redmond Jazz Ensemble, Darlene Swanson Roy (& Writers Club Poets Roscoe “Ros” Crenshaw, Charlois Lumpkin/Mali Newman & Jeye P. Willis), Sunshine;s ESL Community Performance Ensemble & Valerie Adams, MK Stallings, Treasure Shileds Redmond. Plus Laverne Backstrome, Maria Byrd, Mary Frances Cannon, Laminya Cason, Amber Howlett, Tiffany Lee, Charmaine Savage and Evon Udoh (EBR Writers Club Treasure). TUES OCTOBER 18 2:00 PM Poetry Reading by Eugene B. Redmond (Arkansippi Memwars)

Hosted by Professors Howard Rambsy II & Andrew Theising, teachers - “Culture, Politics and the Redmond Collection” (The Friends Corner, First Floor of Elijah P. Lovejoy Library, SIUE 62026).

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS WEDS OCTOBER 19 THURS OCTOBER 20 1:00 - 4:00 PM 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 7:00 PM A Master’s Workshop/ Panel Featuring Shirley Bradley Leflore, Haki R. Madhubuti, Darlene Roy, Jerry Ward, Jr. (Room 2074,

Building B, ESL/SIUE Higher Education Campus, 601 J.R. Thompson Drive, East St. Louis, IL 62201).

FRI OCTOBER 21 10:30 AM & 7:00 PM

Haki R. Madhubuti & Jerry W. Tour of The Eugene B. Redmond Ward, Jr.: “Talks with Students” Collection & Learning Center. (Literature, American & African American History Classes), East St. Louis Senior High School [closed to public] 9 AM - 12 PM

Responses by EBR, Roy & Ward - & Reception (Second Floor, Elijah P. Lovejoy Library, SIUE 62026). 10:30 AM

EBR Writers CLub’s 26th “Annual Break Word with the World”: “A Conch-UsNest-Raising Reading/ Performance”:Michael Castro,

A Familistic Literacy & Cultural Arts Celebration. Featuring Michael

Roscoe “Ross” Crenshaw, Charles Lumokin (aka MaliNewman), Haki R. Madhubuti, Darlene Roy, Mk Stallings, Sunshine’s Drum ensemble, Jerry W, Ward, Jr., Jaye P. Willis (Room 2083/2084), Building B/ESL SIUE Higher Education Campus, 601 J.R. Thompson Drive, East St. Louis, IL 62201. 7 PM

Castro, Shirley Bradley Leflore, EBR Writers Club (Crenshaw, Lumpkin/ Newman, Roy & Willis), Delano Redmond Jazz Ensemble, Treasure Shields Redmond, Sunshine’s ESL Community Performance Ensemble, Jerry W. Ward, Jr., Valerie Adams (Sunshine’s Cultural Arts Center, 630 N. 59th St., East St. Louis IL 62203). 7 PM

Founded/chartered by Sherman L. Fowler, Redmond and Roy, the EBR Writers Club’s first trustees were Margaret Walker Alexander (1915-1998) and Maya Angelou (1928-2014). Avery Brooks, Haki R. MMadhubuti, Walter Mosley, Quincy Troupe, Jerry Ward, Jr., and Lena J. Weathers are current trustees. Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000), Raymond R. Patterson (1929-2001), and ESL native Barbara Ann Teer (1937-2008) served as trustees until their flights “nut” Ancestorhood. Writer Henry L. Dumas (1934-1968), whose Toni Morrison has called “an absolute genius,” is patron saint of the group.

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Contact: Dr. Ronald Gregory (314) 361-7793 rlgfromnd61@yahoo.com The New Millennium Group Presents:

“A Weekend with Dick Gregory” WHAT: Civil Rights Icon, Health Guru, Movie Actor, Humorists and Ground Breaking Comedian Dick Gregory will spend two nights in St. Louis performing, teaching and sharing his unparalleled life experiences. WHERE: It will take place at ‘The Learning Center” 4504 Westminster (Westminster at Taylor) in the Central West End WHEN: Friday evening, October 28th, Mr. Gregory will have an intimate exchange in a ‘sit down’ discussion with moderator Bernie Hayes to discuss current events and answer questions from the audience. Saturday evening, October 29th, Dick Gregory will perform the comic genius that made him the trailblazer and forerunner of humor. Arrange to share and enjoy an exciting and momentous “Weekend with Dick Gregory.”

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SPIRITUAL VALUES AND THE 2016 ELECTION Dartmouth Professor, Prize-Winning Historian and Acclaimed Author DR. RANDALL BALMER Leads Two-Day Lecture Event, October 17-18 As the end of a controversial, heated political season nears, the question of spirituality and its influence and role in politics, elections, voting and the lives of politicians and candidates continues to surface, causing introspection, if not debate. To further explore the topic before Election Day, this year’s Contemporary Issues Forum welcomes prize-winning historian, acclaimed author, Emmy Award nominee and Dartmouth professor Dr. Randall Balmer as its featured speaker. A leading scholar and author on President Jimmy Carter, Dr. Balmer will speak on the legacy of President Carter in addition to the topic of the 2016 Election and spiritual values during the two-day lecture event on October 17-18. http://www.randallbalmer.com Dr. Balmer has published more than a dozen books, and has appeared frequently on network television, including “The Colbert Report” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” and national radio, including interviews on NPR. He has also been an expert witness in several First Amendment cases, including Snyder v. Phelps and Glassroth v. Moore, the socalled Alabama Ten Commandments case. A leading scholar in history and religion, he is regularly asked to comment on religion in American life. Dr. Balmer has published widely in both scholarly journals and in the popular press. His op-ed articles have appeared in newspapers across the country, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Philadelphia Inquirer, Dallas Morning News, Hartford Courant, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Des Moines Register and Anchorage Daily News. His work has also appeared in New Republic, New York Times Book Review, Christian Century, The Nation, Chronicle of Higher

Education, and Washington Post Book World. Some of Dr. Balmer’s books include: Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter, The Making of Evangelicalism: From Revivalism to Politics and Beyond and Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America, now in its fifth edition and made into an award-winning, threepart documentary for PBS. Dr. Balmer wrote and hosted that series as well as a two-part series on creationism and a documentary on Billy Graham. He has lectured around the country in such venues as the Commonwealth Club of California and the Chautauqua Institution and, under the auspices of the State Department, in Austria and Lebanon. Dr. Balmer earned the Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1985 and taught as Professor of American Religious History at Columbia University for 27 years before becoming the Mandel Family Professor in the Arts & Sciences at Dartmouth College in 2012. Two years later, he was named Dartmouth Professor in the Arts & Sciences, and in 2015 he was named to the John Phillips Chair in Religion, the oldest endowed professorship at Dartmouth. He has been a visiting professor at Princeton, Yale, Northwestern, and Emory universities and in the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. The 2016 Contemporary Issues Forum is sponsored by Second Presbyterian Church, John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, St. Louis University Department of Theological Studies & Department of Political Science, Washington University Department of Religious Studies and UKirk St. Louis.

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10th Annual Open Studios STL This year marks the tenth anniversary of Open Studios STL, featuring over 200 St. Louisbased artists and art spaces; sponsored by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. The Jewelry, Poetry, Art, Carvings, project sketches and ideas of artisan David A. N. Jackson will be on display in The 2nd Floor Boutique 5555-5557 Etzel Avenue 63112 and in workshop display areas of the location. “This marks my first year of participating in OPEN STUDIOS (2016) so I hope to make it exciting, thought-full, thought provoking, & on point. Portions, illustrations, and considerations of continued dialog are being created in reflection, response, and interreaction to what the world

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and current climate environs asks, expects, and demands of Black/ African-n-America artists and persons of color. There are and will be some extra arts & music expression for you to InJoy by members, musicians and friends of PEPAA –(the Progressive Experimental Positive Arts Association).


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The More Things

Change!

T

he City of St. Louis is preparing for another show-down for mayor, and the fireworks have already begun.

to fund ConnectCare, which replaced Regional Medical Center. You do not have a city hospital now because of ‘low voter turnout’ in 1977.

The old adage “The more thing change, the more they stay the same” seems more suitable for the St. Louis AfricanAmerican community than anyplace else that I know. We seem to face the same problems year after year. To prove my point, I read some old newspaper clippings and the stories of our tribulations are unchanged.

The same year, the January 6, 1977 edition of the East St. Louis Monitor wrote ‘NAACP decried Carter’s Man for Attorney General.’ The Story told of how the NAACP objected to President Billy Carter’s appointment of former Federal Judge Griffin Bell of Georgia as Attorney General of the United States.

The March 17, 1977 issue of the St. Louis American reported a split in the city’s Democratic Party, when then State Senator J.B. ‘Jet’ Banks endorsed Jim Conway over write-in mayoral candidate Congressman William Clay. Conway had earlier won the March 8 Democratic Mayoral Primary, defeating former mayor A. J. Cervantes and city Comptroller John Bass lost his re-election bid to Sheriff Raymond Percich, disappointing the congressman. The blame was placed on low voter turnout in North St. Louis. Does this sound familiar? The American’s Farley Wilson reported ‘the citywide voter turnout, in which Conway swamped Cervantes, and Bass was narrowly defeated by Sheriff Raymond Percich suggested to many that black voters in the city have not reached a level of sophistication commensurate with the heavy vote in the southern section of the city.’ Does this remind you of March 2001? Oddly enough, the local black clergy also had endorsed certain key players in the race and dissent and chaos ensued, just as it did in March 2001.

How good is your memory? Do you remember who closed Homer G. Phillips Hospital? Did you read the Saturday, May 12, 2001 edition of the Post-Dispatch that said ‘Proposed city budget for next year has no money to support health clinics for the poor’? It seems that Mayor Francis Slay could not find the money in the next year’s proposed city budget pg.

St. Louisan, the late Margaret Bush Wilson, who was Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors, sent a telegram to President Carter that said she was ‘greatly disturbed’ by the news that Mr. Bell was being considered. Mrs. Wilson said ‘such an appointment would be keenly resented by those of us deeply involved in the civil rightmovement and concerned about the role of the courts in securing and protecting the rights of black Americans.’ Mrs. Wilson stated that her objections to the nomination were based on Bell’s record on civil rights cases while he served as judge on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Here we are 25 years later, without a city run hospital for the poor and indigent, fighting the same battles and making the same complaints that we made nearly a half- century ago. What do you bet that the next election will present the same low voter turnout in the village? None of the current St. Louis mayoral candidates scarcely comment on the issue of health care for the poor, or alternative education, and the inequality in the criminal justice system. Dr. Carter G. Woodson in his book ‘The Mis-education of the Negro’, wrote “‘If the Negro in the ghetto must eternally be fed by the hand that pushes him into the ghetto, he will never become strong enough to get out of the ghetto. This assumption of Negro leadership in the ghetto, then, must not be confined to matters of religion, education, and social uplift; it must deal with such fundamental forces in life as make these things possible. If the Negro area, however, is to continue as a district supported wholly from without, the inept dwellers therein will merit and will receive only the contempt of those who may occasionally catch a glimpse of them in their plight. As Frederick Douglas said in 1852, “It is vain that we talk of being men, if we do not the work of men.” The More Things Change! Bernie Hayes

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AJ Sanchez, to most better known as AJ is a native St. Louisan who for the better of almost 20 years has been an underground graffiti artist. In that time span he has only endured to main stream art scene since the last 3yrs. He has a long history of being an artist and taking on different mediums, but none has grabbed his interest more than the art form called graffiti. In his years of illegally doing the art he only got a few chances to merge out of the underground and illegal art form. One such case was in the summer of 2013 when he helped curate other graffiti artist for the resurrection of a historical graffiti event in St. Louis called Paint Louis. From there he had opened up a small graffiti art gallery/ supply shop called the St. Louis Underground Gallery in 2014, and it has had over twenty shows displaying not only his own personal work but artist from around the world. He then furthered his merger into the signage and mural business within that time frame and continues to produce murals here in St. Louis as well as nationwide.

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“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:34-40 NIV

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Portfolio Fundraiser Moves to Artist's Studio Janet Riehl's "Women & Wardrobe: The Riehl Collection" exhibit has finished it's successful run at The Portfolio Gallery and Education Center. It brought in $2,000 to help with much-needed building repairs. Many people went home with framed ($150) and unframed ($50) prints they love, and a good time was had by all. Folks have said they would have loved to have seen the show, and were sorry they missed it. Janet has decided to host At Home evenings on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. so you can! Come visit, enjoy the work, and of course buy whatever calls to you. Any profit realized will continue to benefit Portfolio Gallery. If you'd like to come, please contact her at janet.riehl@gmail.com. Janet and Robert Powell, director of Portfolio Gallery and Education Center appeared on Fox 2 news. http://fox2now.com/2014/07/29/women-wardrobe-and-art-on-a-cell-phone-atportfolio/# Janet and her art was featured in the Alton Telegraph. http://www.thetelegraph.com/news/home_top-lifestyle-news/50095336/Artists-workmakes-Riehl-results#.U-Tbf1Ao7qC

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Black Lives Matter’s Shaun King Explains

“Living in the DIP” Hundreds of college students, social justice leaders, and journalists packed into an auditorium at Philander Smith College in Little Rock to hear one of the nation’s most prolific voices in the conversation about police brutality, racial discrimination, and the prison industrial complex. New York Daily News reporter, Shaun King, delivered a speech steeped in history to explain the controversial racial climate that dominates today’s headlines and this year’s Presidential election. King primed the audience for his observations about police-involved killings and other global misconduct by sharing the teachings of Leopold von Ranke, a German scholar noted for his research-based approach to understanding history. A doctoral candidate in history, King said, “Every generation wants to believe it’s a little better than the previous. Leopold von Ranke discovered that people were confusing the improvement of humanity with the advancements in technology…there are rises and dips. It is hard to accept that you may be living in the dip.” The statistics King shared support his theory that this recent trend of police killings and brutality is consistent with a dip. “One hundred and two is the number of unarmed Black men and women shot and killed by police last year,” King said. “You would have to go all the way back to President McKinley in 1902 to find a year where more than 102 African Americans were lynched. Last year more unarmed Black men and women and children were killed by police than were lynched in any single year in more than 100 years.”

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“More people are in prison and under the jurisdiction of police than were ever slaves even at the peak of slavery,” King lamented. “When I speak recalibrate its moral compass.

to people all over the country, it feels like we’re in a dip, but it’s hard to accept.” He pointed to rallies for Republican Presidential candidate, Donald Trump, where supporters have beaten and cursed Black attendees. King cited the killing of New York’s Eric Garner, who took his last breath while a New York City police officer restrained him in a chokehold prohibited by the department. King drove home his point by inviting the audience to “ask Eric Garner’s children if we’re living in a dip?”

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MashME Let me first apologize for my absence from writing these last few months. I unexpectedly had to have knee surgery and my main focus has been my recovery. I’m glad to be back and able to continue to share new and revamped recipes with you all. I hope this summer treated you all well…now let’s get to it!

I tried this recipe out several times a few months ago. I won’t lie, I was extremely skeptical on how it was going to turn out. I mean Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes” sounds kind of weird and definitely something you’d have to get used to. It is all of the above but it is also a much healthier alternative from the very starchy potato. The texture of mashed cauliflower can be quite mushy, but we can adjust that! The best way to fix that is to completely drain the liquid from the cooked cauliflower, because the drier the mixture the better. You can also add a potato or two (peeled and chopped) to the cauliflower florets and boil it all together. You can be somewhat versatile when serving this side dish. For vegans, I recommend serving it with portabella mushrooms. Baked or grilled salmon for vegetarians/pescatarians and grilled or baked chicken for my meat eaters is a great pairing with the mash. I personally love to serve this dish with a zigzag drizzle of Balsamic Vinegar Reduction. You can either make it from scratch or buy a bottle, but it adds a slightly tangy flavor that compliments the entire meal. Make it work for you, adjust the flavors, add something to it to meet the desires of your taste buds. ~Léna O. A. Jackson Culinary Arts

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1. Clean the mushrooms with a damp cloth & remove the stems. Place them in a Ziploc bag. Pour the dressing into the Ziploc bag and gently distribute it in and around the portabellas. Lay the bag flat for approximately 20 to 30 minutes before cooking. 2. Place mushrooms on a baking sheet that’s already sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake at 400 degrees for approximately 10 minutes, then flip & roast for 10 more minutes. Alternatively, you can grill them for those beautiful grill marks. Slice the mushrooms into strips. Serve with asparagus, green beans or broccoli florets.

1. Separate the head of cauliflower into small florets and chop the ends off. Chop the cauliflower into small florets or chop finely. 2. Bring approximately1½ cups of water to a simmer in a pot, then add in your cauliflower and garlic cloves. Cover and turn the heat to medium. Cook the cauliflower for 12–15 minutes or until it is very tender. 3. Drain and discard all of the water from the pot. Then add the milk, butter, sour cream, salt & pepper and mash with a potato masher until it looks like mashed potatoes. For a smoother texture place the cooked cauliflower, garlic cloves and remaining ingredients in a food processor and puree. *For my vegans/vegetarians: Substitute all the dairy products in this recipe with your favorite alternatives. Whether it’s almond or soy milk, Earth Balance, or even Tofutti Sour Cream, make it work for you.

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Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

yields ½ C 1 C

Balsamic Vinegar

½ Tbsp Granulated Sugar 1. In a heavy-bottomed sauce pan, bring the vinegar to a low boil and add the sugar. In order to prevent burning, which is a taste you don’t want, whisk consistently for about 15 minutes. The reduction should be nappé and reduce to thick syrup that reduced to about ½ cup. *Nappé refers to the ability of a liquid to coat the back of a spoon

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Now We Will Be Happy (2014)

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Book Talk @ The Julia Davis Branch Library

Amina Gautier Reads from Her Recent Short Story Collections

The Loss of All Things

Dr. Gautier was awarded the Elixir Press Fiction Award for The Loss of All Things. Contest judge, Phong Nguyen said, “…Gautier's stories have you by the throat, and they surprise you with their mercy."

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Walking the Blue Line: A Police Officer Turned Community Activist Provides Solutions for the Racial Divide By Terrell Carter Bettie Youngs Book Publishers

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“As I recall my experiences, I find it incredulous that people in law enforcement honestly believe and say that a racial divide and racial profiling don’t exist. An officer’s mind is divided: first, between the police and the general public and second, between the police and minorities.”~ Terrell Carter Walking the Blue Line follows the author’s experiences growing up as a black child in St. Louis, MO, a racially charged city still trying to overcome its divided past, and his five year journey as a law enforcement officer which led him to reevaluate his views on citizens and police alike. Readers are taken on a compelling journey as he details personal stories of the challenges of navigating this new world, including how he had to testify against a former partner for falsifying a major drug arrest. Terrell details the thoughts and tactics of police officers based on their training in the police academy and lessons they learn on the streets and how this information can help citizens better understand why officers do what they do while still holding them accountable for protecting and serving their communities. Walking the Blue Line can be ordered from www.terrellcarter.net, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and traditional booksellers.

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VIDEO: bell hooks + Kevin Powell conversation on manhood, trauma, hiphop, violence against women, healing, more:

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The Education of Kevin Powell A Boy's Journey into Manhood NEW! Audio Book

HEY EVERYONE! I am so excited to announce the AUDIOBOOK for my new book, The Education of Kevin Powell, A Boy's Journey into Manhood (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster), is on SALE TODAY at Audible @audible_com. It is my 12th book, this autobiography, but my very first time narrating an audiobook. It was long and hard to do, but so glad I did it. I especially want to thank the folks at Audible, sound engineer Ari Raskin, and pg.

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Closing in on my goal for “Fire this Time” - if everyone would do two things 1) support the making of this film with just a $20.00 donation and 2) encourage 2 of your friends to do the same - it will allow me to license some additional footage and photos - you can donate now by going here: http://www.cmt-tv.org/#!join-the-team/c1195 CMT-TV.org is a 501c3 non-profit organizations thus your donations are tax deductible - thank you - the making of this film will help me attract more resources which will allow real community filmmaking in STL -Phillip W. Johnson Producer of the #Ferguson Film Fire this Time

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CAREERS


Don’t Just Believe in the Arts. Make Them Happen.

For more than 50 years the Missouri Arts Council has been the State of the Arts. Now we are seeking strong candidates to join our team as a Program Specialist in Community Arts. It’s not just a title, it’s a tool to get things done. If you are a person that likes to make things happen, this just might be the opportunity you’ve been looking for. Work That Matters. Creative Colleagues. The right candidate is strategic, hard-working, and driven by results. Our team loves the arts, and we bring that passion to support the arts throughout Missouri. “Missouree.” “Missourah.” We speak both. If the arts matter to you, and Missouri matters to you, this is the place to be. Are you that person? Do you know someone like this? Share this job description with them. And we will both thank you. Missouri Arts Council Program Specialist LOCATION: Missouri Arts Council St. Louis, Missouri 63101 This is not a virtual position; it requires working in our St. Louis office. ANNUAL SALARY: $35,640 - $39,708 (based upon experience and education) CLOSING DATE: September 6, 2016 APPLICATION PROCESS: Please send (via mail, email or fax) a cover letter, up-to-date resume, copy of transcripts (if applicable) and contact information for three professional references by the closing date to: Email: HRHelpdesk@ded.mo.gov Fax: (573) 522-9814 POSITION DEFINITION: Professional position in the Department of Economic Development through managing and coordinating assigned performing and/or fine arts grant programs for the Missouri Arts Council Full description

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