EAST ST LOUIS ACTION RESEARCH PROJECT

UP260 Social Inequality and Social Welfare Planning
Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

In the fall of 2002, students in UP260 participated in a well established community outreach program with the East St. Louis Participatory Action Research Project (ESLARP). In addition to the outreach weekend activities, UP260 students interviewed neighborhood activists from East St. Louis as part of an oral history project. The interviews provide the students with an opportunity to engage in experiential learning about social inequality and to discover what individual people are doing to create positive change in their neighborhoods. The oral history component documents the lives of individuals who have dedicated many years to neighborhood improvement efforts. East St. Louis is known as one of the most economically depressed African American communities in the United States, reinforcing a negative image of African American life in the city. While, many residents in East St. Louis live in poverty conditions, the oral history project provides an alternative picture into the lives of people who have worked towards creating a better community for their families and neighbors. These are the beginning of an oral history that will be a valuable community resource for local residents and UIUC students who want to learn more about East St. Louis, social capital and community change.

Interviews

Mrs. Fern DeShields

Mrs. Jeanne Faulkner

Mr. Robert Jordan

Ms. King

Ms. Perry

Mrs. Fern Watts

Student refelections

SENDO flyers

Last modified: 20 December 2002, Janni Sorensen
EAST ST LOUIS ACTION RESEARCH PROJECT