Oasis member publishes memoir

Vivian Gibson grew up in Mill Creek, a neighborhood of St. Louis razed in 1959 to build a highway. Her family, friends, church community, and neighbors were all displaced by urban renewal. Meet Vivian and learn how her moving memoir came to be published. Hear her read an excerpt of her book, which recreates the everyday lived experiences of her family, including her college-educated mother, who moved to St. Louis as part of the Great Migration, her friends, shop owners, teachers, and others who made Mill Creek into a warm, tight-knit, African-American community. Reflect upon what it means that Mill Creek was destroyed by racism and “urban renewal.” Marylen will interview Vivian, and there will be opportunities for group discussion and signing and purchase of copies of The Last Children of Mill Creek.

 

Friday, September 4

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Sessions: 1

$15.00

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Vivian Gibson