black lives matter

On this special edition of Global Journalist, we take a step back from international news to hear from Leonard Pitts Jr., a Pulitzer-winning syndicated columnist for the Miami Herald.

Pitts is well-known liberal critiques of the Trump administration as well as his columns covering race, gay rights, religion and other cultural issues. His column on Sept. 12, 2001 called “We’ll Go Forward From This Moment,” is particularly well-known for directly addressing the perpetrators of the Sept. 11 attacks. In addition to the Pulitzer, Pitts has won numerous journalism awards from groups like the National Association of Black Journalists and the Society for Professional Journalists - and most recently a 2017 honor medal from the Missouri School of Journalism.


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St. Louis' city prosecutor says two police officers who fatally shot an agitated man armed with a steak knife last year will not face charges.

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Police are investigating after graffiti was scrawled on a "Black Lives Matter" sign outside a suburban St. Louis church.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that black paint was sprayed on the sign that hangs outside Eliot Chapel, a Unitarian church in Kirkwood. 

The sign was dedicated on Aug. 9, the one-year anniversary of the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson. The shooting helped spur the national "Black Lives Matter" movement.