FoodSpark presents Black Summer, its second dinner party series of 2019 which creates food-centered spaces for residents of St. Louis to discuss topics of black struggle and liberation. From a barbecue potluck to book discussions and its signature crowdfunding dinner party, FoodSpark will bring community members together in conversation around how historic events like Juneteenth, the 1949 Fairground Park pool race riots, and the 2014 uprising in Ferguson affects us today.

This series is co-organized with Young Friends of The Ville, The Griot Museum of Black History, Great Rivers Greenways, and the Missouri Historical Society.

Events for this Series



Ideas Sparked by the Community

The following initiatives represent the spirit of the Black Summer series and will be pitched for community support and funding during The Spark: Black Summer event.


Tools, Recipes, and More

Series Partners 

This FoodSpark series is co-organized in partnership with:

  • Young Friends of The Ville,

  • The Griot Museum of Black History

  • Great Rivers Greenway, and

  • Missouri Historical Society