Until the civil rights movement in this country achieved momentum in the 1950s and '60s, much was accomplished relatively quietly by people who are largely unknown or whose role was not in the spotlight. This quiet work for equal rights was taking place all over the country; it provided the groundwork for what was to come. St. Louis was no exception. Black people and white people were largely segregated here. Nonetheless, African-Americans working for change in St. Louis found ways to break barriers. One of them was attorney David M. Grant. His daughter, Gail Milissa Grant, wrote about his life and her own in her book At the Elbows of my Elders: One Family’s Journey Toward Civil Rights.
Contributors: Gail Milissa Grant
Originally aired October 16, 2008