On June 20, 16 women will be welcomed into an exclusive club that includes the likes of nationally known singer-songwriter Chaka Kahn, civil rights attorney and former Urban League board chair Frankie Freeman, local philanthropist Thelma Steward, and Fox Theater co-owner Mary Strauss, among other illustrious company.
As the nation’s youngest chair of the Freedom Fund Leadership Dinner, John Gaskin III has led the St. Louis County NAACP event to a sellout crowd two years in a row. This spring, the Ladue High School grad and Benedictine College student will go for a hat-trick. “My grandmother, Esther Haywood, is president of the organization in St. Louis,” he says, proudly. “The NAACP is in my bloodline.”
A packed house at the Fox Theatre was entertained by the area’s most talented high school students during the 4th annual Teen Talent Competition. First-place honors went to Donesha Buhr for her dazzling hula hoop routine.
His music has brought him around the world and back. This acclaimed jazz pianist has performed at St. Louis staples like the Sheldon Concert Hall and Powell Hall, as well as international venues such as Nanjing University in China and the University of Dubrovnik in Croatia. He is classically trained in both piano and pipe organ, and even used his talents to raise money for music scholarships by organizing and performing on a philanthropic CD.
Delancey Smith from St. Louis Community College, Tom Voss, James H Buford
Belma and Henry Givens with Joan Quicksilver at the NAACP Centennial Gala on June 7, 2013.
Angela Gaskin, Darryl Diggs, Dr. Gwendolyn Diggs
Joe Miller, Sonny Buttar, Sharmon Wickinson, Madelynne Brown, Kristin Redington
Monica Combest, Karen Pierre
Bertha Moreland, Layla Goushey
Clarissa Polk, Cheryl Polk
Andrew Adams, Jason Kander
Heather Berry, Pamela Westbrooks-Hodge
Randy Hunt, Brenelle Knight
Keith Williamson, Stefanie Williams
Kedra Tolson, Patrick Vaughn, Ruby Curry, Castella Henderson
Denise Spencer, Tom Kienzler
NAACP--John Gaskin, Tim Fitch, Vince Tramelli
James Buford, Belinda and Art McCoy
Biran and Danita Carter
Clifford and Tamara Glenn
Michelle Dixon, Tiffanie Stanfield