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by MK Stallings
The St. Louis American is running a series of articles penned by St. Louis first black mayor Freeman Bosley, Jr. In the first installment, Bosley discusses his rise in city politics and his campaign for circuit clerk in 1982. Along the way, he received some race-based advice from elected officials saying that he should focus on building support from his northside voting base and ignore south city. Think about that. Back in the early 1980s, it was political wisdom then as it is now that where a person lives in St. Louis indicates his or her race and for whom voters would support.
Lana Stein, professor emerita of UMSL political science department, gives a more descriptive account of the Bosley’s first city-wide race in her book St. Louis Politics: The Triumph of Tradition. Stein observes that a split white vote may have been critical in aiding Bosley’s election in 1982; a point that St. Lou’s first black mayor acknowledges in his article. His main opponents that year were white: Joe Roddy and James Connelly. There was a third opponent that year who Stein reported that some believed was in the race just to take votes away from Joe Roddy. Her name? Clara Jo Roddy. She was someone who no one heard of until that time. Conversely, Joe Roddy had significant support from black elected officials such as Bill Clay. Interestingly, Bosley beat Joe Roddy by less than 1,000 votes while Clara Jo Roddy picked up 2,000. Had she not run, maybe Joe Roddy would have won the 1982 circuit clerk race.
Link to the Bosley article: http://www.stlamerican.com/news/local_news/article_475cbf78-a7c5-11e2-a1f8-001a4bcf887a.html
(8am) After the Show Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month w/ Crisis Nursury Val Joyner
WARNING!! THIS VIDEO IS GRAPHIC. VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED.
During the month of April, Crisis Nursery and many other child advocacy agencies will observe National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This is a critical time for our community to increase awareness of various tools and resources to prevent child maltreatment. Last year alone, more than 10 area children DIED from abuse.
Since our establishment 27 years ago, Crisis Nursery has helped save more than 77,000 children and provided resources to over 94,000 families. We are the premier Crisis Nursery in the country and our model has been adapted as far as Japan.
In the studio:
Founder, Sassy Sistahs
A non-profit group for pre-teen & teen girls, ages 10-16
Sassy Sistahs full day teen retreat
This retreat will focus on topics related to:
There will be games played, lunch provided and take home educational materials for all girls in attendance.
A limited number of spaces are available.
So we encourage all parents to purchase tickets IN ADVANCE online through www.teengirlsretreat.eventbrite.com.
Parents will complete a registration form for each girl in attendance the day of the event.
Girls pick up time is
Crisis Nursery has helped save more than 77,000 children and provided resources to over 94,000 families.
The Male Perspective
“We have created a culture, and as much as you may be enjoying the music and news format, the messages within are not necessarily conducive to a healthy relationship and environment for our women. Chester Dean, can you speak on that?” (Jade Harrell)
“This stems from generational concepts about how we deal with the women that are in our lives…[this] philosophy was adopted during the slavery era…but certain gangs and institutions still promote sexism and objectification of women. We [men] need to understand that the woman is our mate, and if the woman is our mate, we need to CHERISH our mate and NOT DEGRADE and/or BEAT and/or ABUSE them.” (Chester Dean, Father Support Center)
“You know, there are a lot of good brothers out there that make it a point of advancing women’s equality…we have to begin to deconstruct these ideas of manhood and understand that there are different masculinities…men AND women shouldn’t confine themselves to one role.” (M.K. Stallings)