POSTPONED—Teacher Workshop: Facing History: Building Equitable Classrooms

March 14, 2020
11 am–3 pm
Kemper Art Museum (11 am–12:30 pm) and The Griot Museum (1–3 pm)

With great regret we are postponing this event, in response to the University’s recommendations and guidance from the CDC on limiting the spread of COVID-19. We will provide updates about the events we are able to reschedule as they become available.


Educators are invited to a two-part interactive workshop presented by The Griot Museum of Black History and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.

The Kemper Art Museum’s current exhibition Truths and Reckonings: The Art of Transformative Racial Justice and the galleries at The Griot Museum provide the backdrops for learning how object-based instruction can encourage students to think critically about the legacies of racism. Hands-on exercises and guest speakers will promote deep conversations around the sensitive issues of racial inequity and social injustice and best practices for building equitable classrooms.

This collaborative workshop is free and open to all educators, grades 4 and up. Registration is limited to 30 participants. Light refreshments will be provided. Registrants are encouraged to bring brown bag lunches. Transportation between locations will be provided. Questions? Contact Olivia Mendelson, assistant educator, at or 314.935.5624.

Registration required by Friday, March 13.

Workshop Facilitators

Lois Conley, Founder & Executive Director
The Griot Museum of Black History

Meredith Lehman, Head of Museum Education
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

Guest Speakers

Gail Delaney, Volunteer Coordinator
The Griot Museum of Black History
Gail's great-great-grandfather, a victim of lynching, is memorialized in The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. Gail is a retired educator, volunteer, and avid supporter of The Griot Museum. 

Solomon Thurman, Research Artist and Owner of 10th Street Gallery
Solomon is a relative of Emmet Till, the teenager who was brutally murdered in Mississippi amid charges that he had “disrespected” a white woman. Solomon has created art projects for The Griot Museum and has been a supporter for over 20 years.

Image Credit

Glenn Ligon (American, b. 1960), Untitled (Two White/Two Black), 1992. Softground etching, aquatint, spit bite, and sugarlift, 25 1/8 x 17 1/2" each. University purchase, Charles H. Yalem Art Fund, 1997.