The city of St. Louis is known for its African American citizens and their many contributions to the culture within its borders, the country, and the world. Images of Modern America: African American St. Louis profiles some of the events that helped shape St. Louis from the 1960s to the present. Tracing key milestones in the city's history, this book attempts to pay homage to those African Americans who sacrificed to advance fair socioeconomic conditions for all. In the closing decades of the Great Migration north, the civil rights movement was taking place nationally; simultaneously, St. Louis's African Americans were organizing to exert political power for greater control over their destiny. Protests, voter registration, and elections to public office opened new doors to the city's African Americans. It resulted in the movement for fairness in hiring practices and the expansion of the African American presence in sports, education, and entertainment.
About the Author
Dr. John A. Wright Sr. is a Fulbright Scholar, educator, and local historian who has written numerous books. John A. Wright Jr. and Curtis A. Wright Sr. are both educators in the St. Louis Public School District and are currently working toward completion of their doctoral studies.
Published by Arcadia Publishing, 2016. Paperback, 96 pages.