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Honoring Percy Green II

On July 14 2018 Inclusion activist Percy Green II was honored at a ceremony organized by Alderwoman Sharon Tyus and Alderman Terry Kennedy at Gateway Arch National Park’s Tucker Theater – the 54th anniversary of his climb up a leg of the partly constructed Gateway Arch (along with Richard Daly) to protest the absence of black workers on the public project.

Following the controversy over the official reopening of the Gateway Arch grounds with an all-white photo op, followed by a diverse “people’s ribbon-cutting” in response, the person who embodies the issue of inclusion at the Arch was honored.

“I wanted to do something proactive,” Tyus said of event held at Gateway Arch National Park’s Tucker Theater. “I wanted it to be something to thank Mr. Green because of all the things that he has done has made it possible for all of us to do so many other things.”

U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, Jr., state Rep. Bruce Franks, Jr., Clay’s primary challenger Cori Bush, Green’s son Percy Green III, and activist Jamala Rogers (Green’s wife) spoke at the event.[1]

City control of police

On February 4 2008, group of local elected officials gathered in front of City Hall today to call attention to a bill in the Missouri legislature which seeks to give the City of St. Louis control over its police department—control which was taken away over 100 years ago during the time of the Civil War.

Those in attendance included: State Senator Maida Coleman, State Reps Talibdin El-Amin, Rodney Hubbard, and Jeanette Mott Oxford, Aldermen Terry Kennedy, Jeffrey Boyd, and Frank Williamson.[2]

Mandela's 95th

On Tuesday, July 23rd 2013, St. Louis honored former South African President Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday with a FREE service of celebrationat 6pm at Centennial Christian Church (4950 Fountain Ave, 63113).

Interfaith Partnership is helping coordinate the event with St. Louis Free South Africa Movement Activists, government officials and the South African Consulate Office of Chicago.

St. Louis is one of 13 cities hosting an event with the same message, and was chosen for the region’s activism in the Free South Africa Movement. Each city’s event will be called “Celebrating the Life, Legacy and Values of Mr. Mandela.” The program will feature speakers from different faith communities as well as local activists, union organizations, and civic leaders from the city and county. Charlie Dooley, William Lacy Clay, Darlene Green, Terry Kennedy and activist Lew Moye are all confirmed speakers.

Interfaith Partnership supports unity and peace and strives to be a timely voice and visible presence of the religious community in the metropolitan area. As such we appreciate the South African consulate’s efforts to create an intentionally interfaith event and hope for a strong turnout from our vibrant interfaith community. Especially at a time when race and justice are on the news ticker, we affirm our commitment to knowing and understanding each other as neighbors and friends.[3]

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