In the midst of the pandemic Tyra Johnson has been struggling to keep her children safe and their education on track in one of our region’s most vulnerable neighborhoods. At the same time, she badly needed to find work. Here is Chapter two of Aisha Sultan’s report for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the 63106 Project about how a friendship gave her a measure of hope.
The 63106 Project
Launched by Before Ferguson, Beyond Ferguson, the 63106 Project focus on the issues facing area residents.
As Steven Jones deals with joblessness, concern for his daughters’ safety, and a presidential election in the time of the pandemic, he thinks of Job, the Tower of Babel, Hannibal Lector, and, more hopefully, Wakanda.
In recent months, Before Ferguson Beyond Ferguson, a nonprofit racial equity storytelling project, has been shining a light on the lives of people in 63106, one of St. Louis’s most vulnerable communities when it comes to the social determinants of health. Here is an overview of that work as described in Health Progress, a publication of the Catholic Health Association of America.
The surging pandemic and the upcoming election has everyone on edge. And, predicts, Jamaica Ray, “We haven’t seen the worst yet. It’s going to get bad, Mon.”
Our mission is to tell the story of local African-American families that have struggled over generations in our town to gain their purchase on the American Dream.
Beverly Jones can hardly wait to get back to the neighborhood she knows and loves. It’s a neighborhood that’s hard to love and in the time of the pandemic even more difficult. “I don’t have time to be sick,” Jones said last month, “because I am helping everybody else.” But last week, Jones contracted COVID-19.
Kim Daniel has vivid and sweet memories from the day she went to the polls with her mother in November 1976. Though she has health issues that mostly keep her inside, she will roll the wellness dice on Nov. 3 and show up in person to cast her vote.
In chapter 2 of this pandemic saga, Steven Jones, beset with health issues, struggles to find his place in a teetering economy..
Nabali Khaled Salameh’s Crown Plaza serves as a case study of upended social and business norms in a crippled economy. It also represents the challenges that the pandemic has on a business that is indeed essential to a fragile community.
Kim Daniel harbors a modest dream. It was first born of youthful imagination, then deferred because of her fragile health and uncertain financial situation. She has now reimagined her dream, out of fear and desperation.