The Kirkwood Call

Political Issue: How Trump handled BLM (a thread of tweets)

President Trump is known for being a frequent Twitter user, with the BLM movement being a hot topic in his social media posts.
Sim Khanuja and Caroline Steidley October 21, 2020

Unless you lived under a rock this summer, you are probably aware of the thousands of Black Lives Matter protests that were held in cities across the world. You may have even participated in one yourself....

Kirkwood, we are the problem

Protestors walk up Chopin street during the June 6 peace walk.
Genevieve Francois, visual managing editor September 8, 2020

Feet move down the street in unison. “No justice, no peace!” soars through the air. Signs with Black fists dot the skyline like clouds. On June 6, 2020, Kirkwood streets were filled with supported...

Black and LGBT history: Forever intertwined

Black LGBT individuals struggled to be accepted in both social movements. Their identity as both a Black and LGBT person made them targets for criticism, abuse and discrimination.
Olivia Silvey, opinions editor August 26, 2020

In history class, students usually learn about the civil rights movements of women, Indigenous people, the Black community and the LGBT community. However, students aren’t always taught that the histories...

Fill your feed; Black Lives Matter accounts to follow

The Stlreentryfund helps formerly incarcerated people reenter into society.
Rachel Finan, health + wellness editor August 26, 2020

As people rushed to post a black square on Tuesday, June 2, the growing need to stay informed and self-educated has become increasingly apparent. Feeds filled with all black screens highlighted those who...

#BlackAtMizzou

Students use #BlackAtMizzou to share their experiences of injustice, racism and prejudice at MU.
Caroline Steidley, opinions writer August 25, 2020

If you have been active on Twitter in the past few months, you have probably seen #BlackAtMizzou on the trending page. The hashtag tells University of Missouri (MU) students’ experiences of racism on...

Addressing sySTEMic problems

Photos courtesy of the Ora Lee Smith Cancer Research Foundation. left, Kelly Moffitt, center and Fraye Beyene, right.
Tom Mueller, editor-in-chief August 24, 2020

Growing up, the only people she knew with college degrees were her teachers. She expected to cut hair for a living. After losing her aunt and uncle — the people who raised her — to cancer, however,...

Using their platform

Andrew McCutchen, LeBron James and Colin Kaepernick are leading figures of the Black Lives Matter movement within their respective sports. Art by Hayden Davidson.
Hayden Davidson, design editor August 24, 2020

*Opinion In a post directed toward fellow athletes and artists, LeBron James tweeted on June 23: “We have incredible influence in our community. We need to use this moment to demand change. I gotta...

Leading through a lens

Art courtesy of Byron Rogers, KHS art teacher.
Amelia Hurley, editor-in-chief August 24, 2020

“Your job as a teacher is to protect and educate these children. But when they die, you feel as if you’ve failed. In some ways, they are children of your own, but you can’t protect them from everything.”   Byron...

Amplifying art

Paige Alyssa, singer-songwriter and producer, was born and raised in St. Louis.
Kate Schreiber, features + in-depth editor August 24, 2020

“Miles Davis and Tina Turner [are from St. Louis]. Nelly is from [St. Louis]. All these people have had major moments in music in their respective genres. St. Louis really [has] so many great musicians...

Getting involved: Participation in the Black Lives Matter movement this summer

The peace walk was held by Kirkwood Teachers of Color.
Amara Harper, editor-in-chief August 24, 2020

Tear gas. Protesters. Batons. Pepper spray. Arrests. Police Brutality. These calls for action filled the streets of not only St. Louis, but the nation, in the weeks following the death of George Floyd...

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