Kota: Digital Expressions of African Art
Explore a powerful installation of nearly 50 Kota reliquary guardian figures – unique wood-and-metal sculptures created to protect the bones of deceased ancestors.
Thursday, Mar 10, 10:30-11:30
Lunch at Sweetie Pie’s (at The Mangrove)
Restaurant owner and former background singer for Ike & Tina Turner and others, Robbie Montgomery (best known as Miss Robbie) was taught by her mother to cook when she was just a girl. It’s a must-visit destination for anyone looking for delicious comfort food and great service. Join us for a hearty lunch and lively conversation with other Oasis members. Fee includes lunch, dessert, beverage and gratuity. Restaurant is located at 4270 Manchester, 63110.
Tuesday, Mar 15, 11:30
Meet the Author: Faith and Ferguson
The events in Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of Michael Brown have animated a movement of change. Dr. Leah Gunning Francis, the author of the book will take the participants through a review of her findings in the book.
Thursday, Mar 17, 10:00-12:00
African American Short Stories
Read and discuss African American short stories from the 19th and 20th centuries. Authors include Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, and Alice Walker. Participants should read Richard Wright’s “The Man Who Was Almost a Man” for discussion in the first session. Copies can be obtained in the Oasis office; this short story can also be found online.
Clayton Oasis 144
Monday, Mar 21-Apr 25, 10:30-12:00
Fee: $45; Sessions: 6
Art as Social Activism
This program will look at how cultural forms like music, poetry and the visual arts are generated within social movements and impact cultural and aesthetic practices. We will look at how music played a crucial role in the civil rights movement through the transmission of Negro spirituals into freedom songs during the civil rights era. The Black Lives Matter Movement will be reflected through a survey of art as social protest and a dialogue on race.
Clayton Oasis 117
Tuesday, Apr 5-26, 1:00-3:00
Fee: $40; Sessions: 4
Quinette Cemetery Tour
Visit this historic cemetery and learn about the discovery, documentation and preservation of Quinette Cemetery in Kirkwood, the oldest of just five African-American slave burial grounds in Missouri. The site is believed to be the resting place of approximately 150 individuals, and was offered as a free burial site for those of African-American descent starting in 1866.
Thursday, Apr 28, 1:00-2:00
Africa by the Numbers
Join our special guest speaker, Mark Bayles, Senior Economic Education Specialist of the Research Division at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, to take a closer look at global economies with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis’ free web tools. Comprised of over 50 sovereign nations, Africa presents a wide array of development possibilities and will be the focus of this program.
Eagleton Courthouse 540
Friday, May 20, 10:00-11:30