The Kirkwood Call

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 protesters, whereas on Sept. 18, 2017, students were told they would be punished. This summer, Ki...

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 of these social movements are not their own individual threads, but rather intertwined.  &n...

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 simply took a one-and-done approach with the black out, set to amplify Black voices, are being increas...


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 the Mizzou campus. @AllisaNova_, a Twitter user and Mizzou student, called for a “virtual demonstratio...

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, Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green, medical physicist, decided it was time to reimagine cancer treatment. She...

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 be honest…I struggle with what to demand because so damn much needs to change. But I’m sta...

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 Rogers, KHS art teacher, spoke these words in memory of one of his former students fro...

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 here, and once you get into the scene you realize you’re just surrounded by giants.” It’s no coin...

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 on May 25, 2020. The acceleration of the Black Lives Matter movement and protests inspired many KHS ...

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