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Tangazo is a meeting place where we share ideas and explore efforts to improve our human conditions and quite simply make our lives better. All are welcome, none will be judged, but all are challenged to look beyond ourselves and our notions of how others think about issues of cultural​,​ political and social significance. We are building bridges of communication between the many groups that make up the St​. L​ouis Metropolitan Region by sharing and reflecting on the stories and lives of a diverse group of guests.

Host and Producer: Hank Thompson
Guest Hosts: Tim Person, Rev. Darryl Gray & Mike Jones
Technical Producers: Kevin Melter, Frankie Meixner, Ryan Voelkel, Jeron Wilson, Matt Patston, Jon Valley

Jul 29, 2021

Join Hank Thompson and guests as they discuss race riots, particularly the 1917 East Saint Louis Race Riot and how it serves as an example of how race riots often occurred to oppress minority communities throughout 18th and 19th century America.

This episode’s panel includes Dr. Charles Lumpkin of Penn State University, author of American Pogrom, The East Saint Louis Race Riot. The book details the events and circumstances that led up to the 1917 East Saint Louis Race Riot.

Also joining is Anne Walker, a native of East Saint Louis, a former Dunham dancer, and the founder of Freedom Trails and legacy tours. Ann was also a member of the East Saint Louis Cultural Commission charged with commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ESL Race Riot.

Our last two guests are Dhati M. Kennedy, founder of the Historical Truth Commission, and Terry Kennedy, former Saint Louis 18th Ward Alterman Terry Kennedy aka Kujaliwa.

Dr. Charles Lumpkin


Anne Walker


Terry Kennedy aka Kujaliwa (left) and Dhati M. Kennedy (right)


Hank Thompson


Podcast Editor and Curator is Kevin Melter, with Production Support from Ryan Voelkel and Jon Valley.