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[Economic] Jefferson Bank Demonstrations

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Re: RE: 39th Anniversary - Jefferson Bank Demonstrations

The commemorative Jefferson Bank Demonstration will be conducted on this Friday, August 30, 2002, 4 pm to 6 pm, in front of Jefferson Bank and
Trust Co., 2301 Market, one block east of Jefferson.

Its purpose is to commerorate the struggle to get employment from a bank that was earlier considered to be a black bank when located in the black community.

When the bank rebuilt in a white business area (Jefferson & Washington), the bank got rid of all of its Black employees, thereby causing great concern from the Black community. Nineteen (19) Blacks and
Whites St. Louisans were arrested and spent time in to jail.

We demonstrate to recognize, salute and commemorate the struggles of the past in order to ensure a future for our children and grandchildren.

We march to remember, to act and to dream.

We march with songs and smiles to mask our tears and screams.

We march to help all to understand that liberation can be given without much participation but freedom requires action, commitment and daily diligence.

We march in St. Louis to celebrate 4 jobs at Jefferson Bank thousands of jobs in the metropolitan area, and millions of jobs in the United States.

We march to celebrate the fact that 39 years ago we marched with courage and a belief that the moral people in this country would not allow the immorality of prejudice, racism, bigotry and ethnocentrism cloud the
development and success of African Americans and other persons of color.

We march today believing that we have made progress but with the knowledge that much remains to be done.

We march knowing that justice and truth will prevail and one day our children and theirs will enjoy level playing fields and their share of the American dream.

Norman R.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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