Ladue Graduate to Receive Cultural Leadership St. Louis’ Distinguished Alumni Award

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Rachel Winston profile photoRachel Winston, a 2006 graduate of Ladue Schools, is being recognized with one of two Distinguished Alumni Awards from Cultural Leadership St. Louis. Rachel will receive her award at the organization’s “Journey to Justice” Signature event Oct. 11, 2018, at Windows on Washington.

According to a news release from Cultural Leadership St. Louis, the Distinguished Alumni Award was created in 2016 to acknowledge the work that program alumni are doing to advance a more just and equitable community. The award honors alumni who have demonstrated standing up, speaking out and taking action on social justice issues and embody the mission of Cultural Leadership—to create the next generation of civil rights leaders. Each year, two are selected (one African-American and one Jewish). Next year, an Ally who is not a member of either of these groups will also be selected for a total of three.

Read more from the news release below:

“Winston is the Black Diaspora Archivist on the staff of the LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections at the University of Texas-Austin. In her position, one of the few of its kind in the world, Winston works with faculty and other library professionals to establish the Black Diaspora archive at the library. She recently co-curated the show, “Juntos/Together: Black and Brown Activism in Austin, 1970-1983”, some of which may be featured in a digital display at the “Journey to Justice” event. Winston also is working on projects with the George Washington Carver Museum in Austin, Texas, and on curating shows from the archive of Edmund W. Gordon, an African-American intellectual and activist and another featuring works of fine art by a collective of diverse artists.

“My experience in Cultural Leadership helped me first realize my passion for upholding and celebrating the legacies of Black and marginalized communities,” Winston said. “I’ve been able to channel this passion in my work in the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums), and feel fortunate to be in a position now where my professional focus is on the Black Diaspora and promoting research, primary sources and programming around the experiences of Diasporic communities.”

Winston is graduate of the University of Texas-Austin, Davidson College, Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs, Ladue High School, and attended Cote Brilliant Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, Missouri.

To attend and register for the “Journey to Justice” event, click here.”

Event Details:

  • Journey to Justice Signature Event
  • Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018
  • 5:30 p.m. Reception, 6:30 p.m. Dinner and Program
  • Windows on Washington
  • 1601 Washington Ave.
  • St. Louis, MO 63013