Dear friend and neighbor,

This booklet is the first chapter highlighting the challenges St. Louis families have faced over many generations in getting a quality education and securing their purchase on the American Dream. It grew from my work with Forward Through Ferguson, an organization formed in the wake of social unrest and with the goal of achieving racial equity in our region. I have moved on from FTF but continue to believe in using stories as catalysts for change.

Accordingly I have gathered a diverse and talented team to produce more stories that shine a light, engage the mind, touch the heart and serve as a call to action.

We start with the Caldwell family.  We will tell of experiences like theirs not just in print but in other dynamic ways. We’ll take our stories and the family members involved into homes, places of worship and wherever people are inclined to listen and speak up. We will promote the concept of #onethingicando so that after engaging with our work, our friends and fellow citizens can begin their own work with a sense of possibility.

We are identifying sponsors who will help us convene meetings and donors who will financially support the effort. Please join us.

In gratitude,
Richard H. Weiss
Before Ferguson, Beyond Ferguson