Gitana Productions, in collaboration with the Missouri German Consortium, will explore and celebrate the remarkable contributions German immigrants made to the abolition of slavery in Missouri at The Face of Love: Symposium on the Common History of German and African Americans. Historians, community leaders and artists will come together to discuss the shared African American and Missouri German history on Saturday, February 23 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the German Cultural Society’s Jefferson Hall at 3652 S. Jefferson Avenue. This event is free to the public. Please register at http://www.gitana-inc.com.
Special guests include Colonel John Hayden, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Police Commissioner and Herbert Quelle, German Consul General. Speakers include Dr. Sydney Norton of Saint Louis University and author of German Immigrant Abolitionists: Fighting for a Free Missouri; Dorris Keeven-Franke, Executive Director of Missouri Germans Consortium and author of Missouri – Where the sun of Freedom Shines in “Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America,” Dr. John W. Wright, author of Discovering African American St. Louis – A guide to Historic Sites, and Rev. Starsky Wilson, CEO and president of the Deaconess Foundation and social activist appointed to head the Ferguson Commission by Governor Jay Nixon in 2014. Entertainment will be provided by the German and African American community.