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1917 East St. Louis Race Riot

July 2, 2017 commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the one of the bloodiest race riots of the 20th Century.  Looking at the racial tensions this country has seen over the last few years, it seems only fitting to look back at the events that went on that day and the last legacy it left on the area.   Read More

Director Daily: 7/9

This past Friday was completely dedicated to Kinloch. During my lunch break, I met with Emma Riley, another Wash U alum and producer/director of Displaced – a short film about the erasure of Blacks in the City Clayton, MO.

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Director Daily: 8/23

There’s been a large gap in time between my last director daily but trust and believe, a lot has been going on with the documentary.

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First School, Last Hope: the Story of Holy Angels Parish

The playground was concrete. In the 1990s, the all-black Catholic school, which nested within a once-flourishing farming community, now had no vegetation in sight except for the grass within the gated yard of the rectory where the white priest stayed. At recess, kickball was the main event.

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Director Daily: 6/27

This morning I met with Justine Blue: City Manager of Kinloch. I learned her maiden name is Wells and we are apparently some “kin” to each other, which is of no surprise to me.

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Director Daily: 6/23

My Aunt Violet, another Kinlochian (as I’ve heard it called) passed away today. That now makes both of my Grandparents, Uncle Pee Wee, Aunt April, Uncle Russell, and now her.

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