Monday, January 21, 2013
First in a series: Did you know a portion of Wildwood is connected to significant Black American history? The road's name lies in its roots. Residents of Spicewood Farms now are petitioning to update the road's name to honor the memory of former slaves.
Monday, Jan. 21, reflects the federal holiday that observes Martin Luther King Jr. Day—a time traditionally focused on encouraging Americans to stand for doing what's inherently right even when it's the unpopular position or decision. The holiday also highlights U.S. history related to Black Americans. Local Black history was just spotlighted earlier this month in Wildwood when city officials hosted a public meeting on Jan. 12 to tour a burial site located on a private residence on Old Slave Road (real street name), off the west side of Wild Horse Creek Road and south of Centaur Road. The burial site is unmarked and has no headstones. Owners of residences along Old Slave Road last fall petitioned Wildwood city staffers to change the …
Monday, January 16, 2012
Two interesting events for Black History Month will be available in February at the St. Louis Community College-Wildwood.
In observation of Black History Month in February, two speakers will present events at the St. Louis Community College-Wildwood. Date: Feb. 14 Return Ticket: Accra-New York-Accra - Chronicles of an African Son Time: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Location: Multipurpose Room on campus Description: Kwabena Tandoh will share the story of how he came to the United States and why he plans to return to Africa to contribute to the development of the continent. Tandoh will share information on the history of Africa and his home country of Ghana. He currently is completing his doctorate's degree at St. Louis University and is a former St. Louis Community College faculty member. He received his master's degree of social work and social development from the…
In observation of Black History Month, a special presentation will be available at the Eureka Hills Branch Library on Feb. 13.
African Dance will be presented at Eureka Hills Branch Library at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 for Black History Month. Tiffany Scott and the African American Ensemble will take attendees on a journey through the rich history and traditions of the people of Africa. The audience will experience live drummers and traditional African garments in this program. This event is relevant to all ages.
Geggie Elementary School first grade teacher planted dreams for dreams—and for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Katie McCaw's first grade students at Geggie Elementary in Eureka prepared for what Martin Luther King Jr. Day was supposed to stand for: do what's inherently right even when it's the unpopular position or decision. Last Monday McCaw said she started with the students drawing self-portraits. "I didn’t tell them what it was for, but we all held out our hands and talked about the differences in our hands," she said. "We took a close look at our skin color and determined that we all have a different color." McCaw said the kids then drew their self-portrait and really worked on getting their skin color the same as their own. "We looked at different color eyes and shapes of noses. We talked about how some of us have glasses and some of us don…