Reverend Owen H.
& Zella Whitfield was concerned about the welfare and treatment of all
sharecroppers; the labor conditions and social environment in which they lived.
There are signs in every community that
we, like Reverend Whitfield, more than ever, must continue the faith, and work
to reach out to the less fortunate with arms of love, and compassion to all.
So we're going to
look back at Cropperville, a remarkable sharecropper community where they lived
and survived through hardships. It’s a remembrance of what we're calling,
The Cropperville Story. Our families’ rich heritages and memories of good
values, unity, hardworking rural life, black and white in unity, living off the
land and learning how to survive with nothing but hope and a little know how.
This knowhow is what we hope to pass on to our next generation, the children,
grandchildren, and hopefully our troubled generation today.
individual born deserves the opportunity to learn the skills needed to become a
productive member of the community. A
thriving community is essential in revitalizing the City. So we're about educating the youth to be
responsible builders and participants in this great country. The rebuilding of a community in spirit serves
several purposes. There is the history,
the stories, the farming culture, the morals and values to pass on.
Sharecroppers, our objectives are:
- To bring awareness and
recognition to the plight of the many sharecroppers, both men & women,
black & white, who risk all that they had in order to make better living
and working conditions to those in need
- To provide higher educational
opportunities through grants, to i
We offer these
services to the former descendants of the Cropperville sharecropper’s community
as well as low-income families and at-risk youth in Missouri. We are taking on this challenge for them and
on their behalf to pursue funding and scholarships from national colleges,
universities, corporations and a wide range of State and Federal Organizations
as well as various independent agencies. We are committed to the economic and
social development through education in our communities.
The Owen–Zella Whitfield
Foundation is a nonprofit foundation serving the State of Missouri and Illinois
primarily, and all territories of the United States. The 1939 Eviction Protest affected more than 900.000