dred scott freedom awards dinner

Join us at this black tie affair as we honor men and women who have made major contributions through their gifts and perseverance through our 400 Plus Years of Fortitude Recognition in 2020.

This is the third Dred Scott Freedom Awards Dinner. Several deserving individuals will be honored on Saturday, March 28th at the St. Louis Hilton Frontenac Hotel at 1335 S. Lindbergh Blvd, in St. Louis, MO. This year, our Honorary Chairman is Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg, producer of the 3-part PBS documentary on the Constitution. A More or Less Perfect Union was released on January 25, 2020 and features Lynne M. Jackson (Dred Scott), Keith Plessy (Homer Plessy), and Phoebe Ferguson (John Ferguson).

The 3:00 p.m. VIP Reception and Dinner tickets are $150. The 5:00 p.m. Dinner tickets are $100. Purchase tickets at Eventbrite, see link below or mail your checks to: DSHF P.O. Box 2009 Florissant, MO 63032. For more information, contact the Dinner Chairman, Peggy Lewis LeCompte at 618-593-7196.

For room reservations at the Hilton, contact Kelly in sales at 314-993-1100. Free hotel parking.

Lynne Madison Jackson, President and Founder and Peggy Lewis LeCompte, Dinner Chairman and Past Recipient.

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Stories of the first amendment

STORIES OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT.  FREE EDUCATOR EVENT.

Teachers, you’re invited to attend a very special professional development session on Wed Nov 6, 2019, 4:00-6:00 pm.  Meet First Amendment heroes, hear their stories, and gather techniques and resources to use in the classroom.

• Gene Policinski, President and Chief Operating Officer, Freedom Forum Institute

• Robert Patrick, Reporter on Federal Courts for the St. Louis Post Dispatch

• Mary Beth Tinker, from Tinker v. Des Moines, 1969

• Cathy (Kuhlmeier) Frey, from Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, 1988

JUST ADDED:  Hon. Noelle Collins, former journalist and current U.S. Magistrate Judge

JUST ADDED:  Lynne Jackson, descendant of Dred Scott, President and Founder of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation

Brought to you by the U.S. Courts.  The event is free and includes parking and light refreshments.  Space is limited and registration is required. 

Registration is limited to active classroom teachers and advisors, grades 6-12 and relevant post-secondary, in the areas of social studies and journalism. 

Questions about eligibility or other inquiries?  Call or email Rachel Marshall any time, at (314)244-2410 or Rachel_Marshall@ca8.uscourts.gov

• Location: Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse, 111 South Tenth Street, 63102

• Parking Location: Stadium West Parking Garage, 215 South Eighth Street, 63102.  OR you can also enter from 100 South Ninth Street, 63102.  (must park here to receive complimentary parking)

Stories of the First Amendment

Announcing . . .

THE 3D PRINTED REPRODUCTION OF
THE DRED AND HARRIET SCOTT STATUE

The first Dred Scott Statue to be erected will be reproduced via 3D printing and sold as a limited edition art piece beginning October 12th.

The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation has partnered with Think A Little Bigger, a 3D printing company located in Saint Louis, to create a limited edition 3D printed reproduction of the Dred and Harriet Scott Statue that stands at the Old Courthouse in downtown Saint Louis.   

The statue, commissioned by The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation, was designed and created by master sculptor Harry Weber. Since the Dred and Harriet Scott statue was erected in 2012, there have been many requests for a reproduction by individuals, groups and organizations. A bronze piece was an option, but recent technological advances have allowed the development of a more cost effective, signed, handcrafted, limited edition fine art piece.

Each piece stands 14 inches tall including a simulated marble base and is carefully crafted with a meticulous eye for detail. This is being announced on September 17th which coincides with Constitution Day, and ironically is also the day Dred Scott died.

This product will launch on October 12th, 2019 at the Dred Scott Reconciliation Conference. For details and registration, go to DSRC Conference. *The 2019 Conference is approved for four CLEs.

Update: THE PETITION FOR A DRED SCOTT COMMEMORATIVE STAMP

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The DS Stamp Campaign continues its efforts of soliciting “the powers that be” to create a stamp for Dred Scott and asks you to support the campaign at least with YOUR signature. We need around 100,000 to impress the decision makers so……

Here are other ways you can participate.

1.  Sign the petition found through this link: Sign the petition for a Dred Scott Commemorative Stamp and make history come alive!

2.  Download the petition and get as many signatures as you feel comfortable asking for. Partial or full pages or several pages – all are fine and should be mailed to the address at the bottom of each form.  DSHF Commemorative-Stamp Petition

3.  Post this content from our weblink on to your FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, Constant Contact, Mailchimp and any other methods you have.

Participate in our challenge:

        1,000 people get 100 signatures OR
        100 people get 1,000 signatures.  And this has been done!

Those who collect a 1,000 or more signatures will receive a custom designed Dred Scott T-Shirt and a Dred Scott frosty mug.

Meet Mary Sternberg and Kayla Vaughan. Both have collected over 1,000 signatures!!  Mary through her school leadership and with the assistance of two other wonderful teachers, Susan Fried and Amy Jacobs. 

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Kayla Vaughn with her signatures


Handmade Dred Scott stamps created by middle school students.
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Mary Sternberg, Susan Fried, Amy Jacobs and Lynne M. Jackson
Under the leadership of Mary Sternberg, Florida Social Studies Teacher of the Year 2016, Seminole Middle School in Florida acquired 1,500 letters and signatures to jump start the campaign.
Challenge:  Can you beat that? Give it a try and once again be a part of making history. We appreciate all efforts. Many thousands of signatures are needed so please join the campaign today! Stay tuned for updates.

Another has taken up the challenge from Arizona.  Will you be next? 

If you would like to be on the team and be recognized as a DS Stamp State Coordinator, contact Mary at stamps@thedredscottfoundation.org.

A state coordinator turns in at least one page of signatures, agrees to continue efforts to get signature by enlisting others through their networks (none of this flows back to the DSHF – we simply ask for the signed petitions). 

As a state coordinator, you help us put your state and city on the map.

To date we have had participation in the marked states and if yours is not shown, won’t you consider signing up and let us include your hometown on the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation Stamp Campaign State Coordinators Locator MAP.

Dred Scott Reconciliation Conference 2019

CIVIL RIGHTS DESCENDANTS DISCUSS
LANDMARK CASES

DRED SCOTT V SANDFORD
PLESSY V FERGUSON
BROWN V BOARD OF EDUCATION

OCTOBER 12, 2019
THE MAHLER BALLROOM 
8:30 A.M.—1:30 P.M.

COST $75.00  
CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST AND LUNCH INCLUDED

SECURED PARKING ADJACENT TO BUILDING

APPROVED FOR 4 CLEs

For more information click here
To register click here

Hosted by The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation

A SIGNATURE PROGRAM OF
DRED SCOTT PRESENTS: SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF RECONCILIATION

400+ years of fortitude (1619 – 2019)

From August 2019 – August 2020, the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation commemorates 400 + Years of Fortitude of Americans of African descent and their contributions to our country.

55th anniversary of historic protest

St. Louis civil rights activist Percy Green was honored by the Jefferson National Parks Association with a poster commemorating his historic climb up the Gateway Arch 55 years ago on July 14, 1964. The climb was in protest of the lack of African American workers or contractors being hired for the arch construction project. The protest was successful. Today, the diversity of their workforce is evident as you walk around the newly renovated Arch. Watch the clip from Fox 2 News below.

Don’t miss Dred and Harriet with Thomas Jefferson on the wall and tables in the Arch Cafe’.  It’s stunning!!

In loving Memory of Co-Founders Dr. John and Marsulite Madison

John A. Madison, Jr. was a great-grandson of Dred Scott.  He was the 6th child born to John Alexander Madison, Sr. (Dred Scott’s grandson) and Grace Cross Madison.  He received his JD from Lincoln Law School in Jefferson City and his B.S in Education from Harris Stowe College (now HSSU).  He was a lifelong Kappa and devoted father of four. Doc, as he was fondly called by his peers, taught science, history, math, law and languages during his long career with the St. Louis public schools. His children shared him with many others who called him “Dad”. He was the family spokesperson for the Dred Scott legacy until the year 2003. 

Marsulite Charleston Madison was the oldest of two daughters born to Lemuel and Maruslite Harrison Charleston. Although they both were graduates of Sumner High School in St Louis, MO (she graduated at 16) Marcy, as she was called later in life, met her future husband at Harris Stowe. She graduated from nursing school and practiced as an L.P.N. Later in 1970 she graduated from Forest Park Comm College with her R.N. (Registered Nurse). Marcy was the first black head nurse at Incarnate Word Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.  She practiced nursing for 43 years.

The Madisons were well known and much loved in their church and community. John passed in July of 2007 two months before their 56th anniversary.  Marsulite passed in 2013. Their four children, three still living, Lynne, (co-founder of DSHF), John III (d. In 2002), Marsulite and Michael, along with many cousins, enjoy the memory of their parents and co-founders of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation, begun in 2006.

st. louis county courts podcast

St. Louis County Courthouse, Clayton, Missouri

In July, 2018, Dred Scott Presents: Sons and Daughters of Reconciliation presented for the National Judicial College.   It is the nation’s most influential institute for the continuing education of judges.  It was a wonderful experience inspired by Judge Judy Draper and by invitation of  NJC President Benes Z. Aldana.

The following interview comes out of the connections with this program and the county court’s diversity programs held in St. Louis County in 2018.  Mr. Matt Livasy, HR Specialist III and Training and Development Officer, started a podcast for the courts, All In Kids Win.  He invited Lynne Jackson to share the work of the Foundation. Many thanks to Matt and the county courts for this opportunity.  Click the link below to listen to the podcast.

Commemorate | Educate | Reconcile

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