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ACS, BLSA Speaker Series: 'Strengthen Your Understanding: Honest Perspectives on the History of Racial Injustice in St. Louis'

Thursday, 27 August, 2020

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SLU LAW's American Constitution Society (ACS) and Black Law Students Association (BLSA) will host a five-week speaker series titled "Strengthen Your Understanding: Honest Perspectives" at 5 p.m. on Thursdays covering topics related to racial injustice in St. Louis.

The series will run from Aug. 27 through Sept. 24, via Zoom.
Register in advance at this link:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Aug. 27: The History of Racial Injustice in St. Louis
Week 1 will be presented by Donald M. Suggs, D.D.S., and Keona K. Ervin, Ph.D. 

Dr. Donald SuggsDonald M. Suggs, D.D.S.
Longtime St. Louis community leader, civil rights pioneer and St. Louis American newspaper publisher
Dr. Donald M. Suggs served as chief of oral surgery at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware and was the first African American to serve as an associate clinical professor at Saint Louis University Dental School. He maintained a limited private practice before retiring in 2011.

Active in the civil rights movement in the ’60s and ’70s, Suggs was chairman of the Poor People’s March on Washington in 1968. Later he became founder and chairman of the African Continuum, organized to bring serious, non-commercial African American artistic endeavors to St. Louis, and held several other positions of leadership in the art scene in New York and St. Louis. He was the first African American president of the Convention and Visitors Bureau of St. Louis (now Explore St. Louis) and currently serves on the St. Louis Art Museum Board of Commissioners and its Collections Committee.

Today Suggs is publisher and executive editor of The St. Louis American, Missouri’s largest weekly newspaper and president of The St. Louis American Foundation.

He has been awarded honorary degrees from SLU, among other universities; 12 area colleges and universities including SLU offer annual scholarships to students in his name.

Keona K. ErvinKeona K. Ervin, Ph.D.
Associate professor of history at University of Missouri-Columbia
St. Louis native Dr. Keona K. Ervin is an associate professor of history at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She earned a B.A. in history and African and African American studies from Duke University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Washington University in St. Louis. She is the author of the award-winning Gateway to Equality: Black Women and the Struggle for Economic Justice in St. Louis. A recipient of the Career Enhancement Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, she has published peer-reviewed articles, reviews and essays in International Labor and Working-Class History, Journal of Civil and Human RightsSouls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and SocietyNew Labor ForumLos Angeles Review of BooksLabor: Studies in Working-Class HistoryJournal of Southern History, and Journal of American Ethnic History.


Series Schedule
Aug. 27: The History of Racial Injustice in St. Louis
Sept. 3: Race, Education and Property
Sept. 10: Access and Healthcare
Sept. 17: Violence Against Black Bodies and the Police
Sept. 24: Racial Injustice in St. Louis. Where do we go from here?

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