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Kirkwood High School student newspaper

The Kirkwood Call

Kirkwood High School student newspaper

The Kirkwood Call

The Black Lives Matter Movement needs your help to put an end to systemic racism.

#BlackLivesMatter

Maddie Hickman, health + wellness writer April 20, 2021

‘#BlackLivesMatter’ was spread on social media by the co-founder Alicia Garzia following the murder of Trayvon Martin, a 17 year old, in 2012. The connection with the Black Lives Matter movement shows...

Photo by Sophia Beckmann

New Year, same fight

Lydia Sheehan, entertainment writer February 19, 2021

Since George Floyd’s murder in May 2020, some have found their social media feed to show  more Black Lives Matter (BLM) related content. One post circulated around a few months later that said, "Just...

On Wednesday, Jan. 6, at approximately 7:30 p.m., three KSD schools were vandalized with racial slurs. In this article, TKC highlights five Black students connected to Kirkwood, who explain their thoughts and feelings regarding the hate crime and their feelings on Kirkwood’s action following the situation.
Art by Graesen Joyce

Black students’ perspectives on Jan. 6 hate crime

Maya Kim, Rachel Finan, Graesen Joyce, and Ella Davies February 19, 2021

On Wednesday, Jan. 6, at approximately 7:30 p.m., three KSD schools were vandalized with racial slurs. The already flooded comment section of TKC’s posts regarding the hate crime regained momentum after...

Organizers Peyton Nico and Wyatt Byers lead the front of the march as the group passes Kirkwood city hall.

KHS students organize “March against injustice”

Kate Schreiber, features + in-depth editor January 21, 2021

It started with a single text message. The same day, KHS sophomores Wyatt Byers, Áine Bradley, Peyton Nico, Kylie Madden, Liv Timp, Claire Sutter, Bella Ruzicka and Madeline Rapp were organizing a “march...

It has been seven months since the revival of the “Black Lives Matter” movement in late May. The momentum may have diminished, but the movement is not over.

Summer “Black Lives Matter” protests and current efforts

Maya Kim and Rachel Finan January 8, 2021

It has been seven months since the revival of the “Black Lives Matter” movement in late May. The push for racial equity occupied the media and the minds of people for weeks. While the protests, social...

Kirkwood Teachers of Color has sponsored the Kirkwood Black Lives Matter Peace Walk, the Glory Run/Walk Virtual Marathon and the ongoing Kirkwood Educational Equity Speaker Series. See below for more information on upcoming Speaker Series events. Peace walk photo by Sophia Beckmann.

McWoods’ and KTOC’s efforts for equity

Hayden Davidson, design editor January 8, 2021

“I have a saying — ‘you don’t know what you don’t know.’ So then find out. Read books. Get involved. Participate.” Roberta McWoods, Master Mentor of Kirkwood Teachers of Color (KTOC),...

President Trump is known for being a frequent Twitter user, with the BLM movement being a hot topic in his social media posts.

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

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....

Protestors walk up Chopin street during the June 6 peace walk.

Letter to the Editor: Kenyon responds to “Kirkwood, we are the problem”

TKC Staff September 8, 2020

August 25 — TKC received the following letter from retired KHS history teacher B.J. Kenyon. The letter is addressed to the Call's editors. To read "Why Kirkwood is part of the problem," click here. Dear...

Protestors walk up Chopin street during the June 6 peace walk.

Kirkwood, we are the problem

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 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.

Black and LGBT history: Forever intertwined

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...

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