The Archdiocese of St. Louis will host “Forgive Us Our Trespasses,” a Maafa commemoration and procession on Saturday, June 18, in Downtown St. Louis.
Maafa, which is a Swahili word for “great disaster,” is a traditional procession to memorialize the lives of those lost during the Middle Passage, or transatlantic slave trade.
Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski and other faith leaders will begin the event at 9 a.m. with a prayer service at the Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France (Old Cathedral). The procession will include stops at sites related to the slave trade and local enslavement of Africans.
The event also will include a formal acknowledgement of the Archdiocese of St. Louis’ past involvement with the institution of slavery. The archdiocese has been researching its involvement in the slave trade as part of an effort called “Forgive Us Our Trespasses.”
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The Celebration of Gratitude for the 1852 Dred Scott Decision renunciation held on March 26, 2022 at Central Baptist Church was an incredibly unforgettable experience for all who attended. Many, many thanks to those who participated andthose who made the renunciation and the celebration possible and all who attended the joyful celebration!
Celebration of Gratitude Committee Monica Butler Pastor Myrten Byrd, Jr. Kimm Gaines Lois Hogan Lynne Jackson Dr. Irma Ortiz Bethany Spaulding Johnathan Thomas Brenda Young
Legislative Leaders State Rep. Dottie Bailey Atty. Mary Browning Senator Mike Moon State Rep. Raychel Proudie Senator Steven Roberts AND All others who voted in the House of Representatives of the 101st General Assembly, First Regular Session, and concurring Senate
Here is a link to the video of the program. Due to technical issues the first 3 minutes and 8 seconds do not have sound, however it was mostly about the welcoming and housekeeping. Start there and enjoy the celebration!
Producer and actor Will Smith narrates this fresh look at ‘Who is America’ in this new documentary, “AMEND” on Netflix which started February 17, 2021 produced by The Documentary Group. The Dred Scott and Justice Taney families are featured in this six (6) part docuseries on the 14th Amendment.
Charlie Taney and Lynne Jackson are seen in a program and news clip from Virginia Union University (2020) and Annapolis, Maryland. (2016) regarding reconciliation in Part 1. Plan to watch this new treatment on citizenship. With our thanks to co-producer Libby Kreutz. Watch on Netflix now.
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……
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
I, Dred Scott, A Musical tells the story of Dred and Harriet Scott and their two daughters’ fight for freedom. Written, produced, and directed by Shelia P. Moses and starring Bobby Norfolk, this new musical takes a personal look at the Scotts—and how their lives were forever changed following an infamous US Supreme Court decision.
On Oct 19-21, Reclaiming Our Ancestors II will happen again at the University of Buffalo in New York. Under the leadership and inspiration of Professor Kari Winter. Lynne Jackson will return and share ideas about how to create public history monuments and to create interracial dialogues based on her years of experience as founder and president of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation in Missouri. This program is a follow-up to the initial conference Professor Winter held in 2015. A host of descendants, historians and academicians will connect have community conversations on racial justice and public history.
This conference is made possible by the generous co-sponsorship of the UB Gender Institute as part of Gender Week, the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, and the Departments of English, History, and Transnational Studies.
The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Space is limited.
I am sending you the wonderful program that was created for the radio show “More Perfect“. This link below will take you to the podcast created by the New York flagship NPR station WNYC about our 2016 Dred Scott Reconciliation Conference in St. Louis, MO at the Hilton Frontenac.
Due to my own schedule, I just had a quiet time today to hear it for the first time. Thank you all for your contribution to the program which made this widely distributed program available. We are grateful for the coverage and thank you for your role in sharing our story. Some of you are supporters and others are those without whom I could do nothing.
Thanks also to Julia Longoria, who came to St. Louis to covered the program and went with me to Ft. Snelling. She and her team put this together and spent part of four days with me to get the broad picture. Until we do it again …
God bless you all!
Feature Image: Dred Scott Illustration | Mitch Boyer