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Thank you for your interest in The Listening Project.

The project has concluded. For more coverage of issues related to race, class, power, systems and the people they touch, see our project We Live Here.

  What is The Listening Project?

The Listening Project reaches into the community to discuss the recommendations coming out of a study known as “For the Sake of All” (, research on health, education and economic disparities within the African American communities of St. Louis. St. Louis Public Radio and the University of Missouri-St. Louis department of communications will be working in target areas, South city and county and North city and county.

Via community engagement and social media, our goal is to better understand and report on stories emerging in the community that we might otherwise miss. We hope to engage people in informed discussion on issues that have area-wide importance, bridging gaps in traditional communication.

  What is For The Sake Of All?

For the Sake of All is a multi-disciplinary project on the health and well-being of African Americans in St. Louis. The first phase of the project culminated in May, 2014 with the release of a final report at a community conference. The second phase will focus on engagement of the community, business leaders, and policy makers in order to mobilize support for implementation of recommendations made in the initial phase of the work. The recommendations are 1) investing in quality early childhood development, 2) creating economic opportunities for low-to-moderate income families, 3) investing in coordinated school health, 4) investing in mental health awareness, access, and surveillance, 5) investing in health-promoting neighborhoods, 6) enhance chronic and infectious disease prevention and management.

Find out more about For The Sake Of All

Reading list

  How White People Can Work for Racial Justice — Paul Kivel

How the white community can work as allies in the face of institutional and societal racism.

  Creative Community Organizing — Si Kahn

Legendary community organizer and musician, Si Kahn, provides insights on how to creatively build a more just society.

  The Warmth of Other Suns — Isabel Wilkerson

Pulitzer Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles the Great Migration of African Americans from the south to northern and western cities.

Missouri Foundation for Health

Funding for this project was provided in part by Missouri Foundation for Health. The Foundation is a resource for the region, working with communities and nonprofits to generate and accelerate positive changes in health. As a catalyst for change, the Foundation improves the health of Missourians through a combination of partnership, experience, knowledge and funding.

News judgments are made independently by St. Louis Public Radio.