In St. Louis is an annual project designed to explore — through the experiences, scholarship, work, and voices of St. Louisans — what it means to be in St. Louis today.

The 5th anniversary of the Ferguson uprising, the movement that followed, and the work ahead is our entry point for reflection in this inaugural offering. In St. Louis is a project of Washington University’s Academy for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, in partnership with the Office of Public Affairs.

Five years after the uprising in Ferguson, what does it mean to be in St. Louis?


A Flooded House

A Flooded House

What will it take to achieve racial equity? Jason Purnell, associate professor at the Brown School at Washington University and director of Health Equity Works, explains what he thinks we need to do if we’re serious about racial equity.
Accountable

Accountable

Bethany Johnson-Javois, MSW ‘02, who served as managing director of the Ferguson Commission, remembers the community voices that made clear for her to whom the Commission was accountable.
Compelled to Run

Compelled to Run

Lisa Clancy, MSW ‘12, talks about why she was compelled to run for St. Louis County Council, what her victory in the 2018 election means, and what she sees as a major barrier to racial equity.
Pitied Petri Dish

Pitied Petri Dish

Journalist Kameel Stanley talks about what she wants her peers in the national media to focus on when they return to St. Louis for the 5th anniversary of the killing of Michael Brown Jr. by Officer Darren Wilson.
See Our Children

See Our Children

Christie Huck, executive director of City Garden Montessori School, explains what she wants the media (and the world) to see when they return to St. Louis for the 5th anniversary of the killing of Michael Brown Jr. by Officer Darren Wilson.
The Work Continues

The Work Continues

Blake Strode, executive director of ArchCity Defenders, challenges the narrative that the Ferguson story ended in 2014.