Lunch & Learn: Lessons from a Legend
“Overcoming Obstacles to Create Community”—an ongoing project of the Racial Justice Committee
Lessons from a Legend
Tues., July 21, noon on Zoom
Long-time St. Louis activist Percy Green will share stories about his exploits and advice for those who want to engage in meaningful protest. The event, sponsored by the Racial Justice committee, will be conducted via Zoom beginning at 12 noon.
Green is one of the most accomplished and noteworthy activists in this area; he has been protesting against racism, sexism and elitism for more than half a century. In 1964 he scaled the Gateway Arch, then under construction, to protest the exclusion of Blacks from federal contracts and jobs related to construction of the Arch. Today, a photo of Green is displayed inside the Arch to commemorate its history.
Another famous Green exploit occurred in 1972, when he infiltrated the Veiled Prophet Ball and unmasked its symbolic head, who happened to be the vice president of the former Monsanto Corp. (An interesting sidebar to this story is that Jane Sauer, now a member of Women’s Voices, also participated in this action. Her job was to create a distraction so the action could proceed).
Green received a BA degree in urban affairs with a minor in political science from St. Louis University, and holds a master of social work degree from Washington University. He was the plaintiff in “Green vs McDonnell-Douglas,” a landmark case that established the basis in determining whether racial discrimination in employment has occurred.
“St. Louis is not likely to change its unfair character toward Blacks, women and other minorities as long as acts of racism and classism continue to be an asset, rather than a liability,” Green says. During his long career of civil disobedience, Green has been arrested more than 100 times.
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