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St. Louis Native Brittany Packnett Discusses Work Around Justice, Empowerment and Difference-Making

Brittany Packnett joined Thursday's "St. Louis on the Air."
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

Activist, educator and writer Brittany Packnett returns this week to her hometown of St. Louis – the place where she participated in protests after the police shooting of Michael Brown and was appointed to the Ferguson commission in 2014.

Now based in Washington, where she is Teach for America’s vice president of National Community Alliances, Packnett has been described by former President Barack Obama as a leader whose voice “is going to be making a difference for years to come.”

On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, she joined St. Louis Public Radio’s Jonathan Ahl for a conversation ahead of her appearance at the Ethical Society of St. Louis Thursday evening. That free event (registration requested) is co-sponsored by Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice and will be moderated by Fox 2 News' Shirley Washington.

Packnett’s work focuses on racial justice, criminal justice reform, and social change and empowerment. She is a co-founder of Campaign Zero and was a 2018 fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics.

Listen to the on-air discussion:

Related Event
What: Visionary Voices: A Candid Conversation with Brittany Packnett
When: 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13, 2019
Where: Ethical Society of St. Louis (9001 Clayton Rd., St. Louis, MO 63117)

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St. Louis on the Air” brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. The show is produced by Alex Heuer, Evie Hemphill and Lara Hamdan. The engineer is Aaron Doerr and production assistance is provided by Charlie McDonald.

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Evie was a producer for "St. Louis on the Air" at St. Louis Public Radio.