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STLCC-Wildwood Commemorates Black History Month with Lecture on Racial Divide

February 03, 2015

Terrell Carter  
Terrell Carter

St. Louis Community College-Wildwood will commemorate Black History Month with a thought-provoking lecture on racial tensions, led by a former St. Louis County Police officer.


Terrell Carter, former St. Louis County police officer, art instructor, author, minister of administration at Third Baptist Church in St. Louis and the director of the Foundations in Ministry program for Central Baptist Theological Seminary in St. Louis, will detail his experience and the inherent complexities of protecting and serving neighborhoods in the midst of racial tensions.  His book, “Walking the Blue Line: A Police Officer Turned Community Activist Provides Solutions to the Racial Divide,” covers his transformation from being one who was regularly profiled by the police to becoming the person doing the profiling, and how that changed his life. 


The lecture will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at St. Louis Community College’s Wildwood campus, 2645 Generations Drive. It is free and open to the public. No advance registration is required.


“”Walking the Blue Line’ is a much needed addition to the current conversations about how citizens and police departments can navigate the racial and social challenges surrounding interactions between law enforcement and the public,” writes Carter.


He will discuss the thoughts and tactics of police officers based on their training in the police academy and lessons they learn on the streets, and how this information can help citizens better understand why officers do what they do while still holding officers accountable for protecting and serving communities.