Born to military parents in Utrecht, Holland,Kristine Hendrix has had the privilege of being raised around the country, but moved to St. Louis where she graduated from Ladue High School. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia in Sociology and minor in Human Development and Family Studies. After College she began an eye opening career in Social Work, working with young, single mothers training them on child development, a career that revealed the inequity black women living in the most impoverished areas of St. Louis City face daily. During her tenure at MERS Goodwill, Kristine worked in Human Resources and Accounting and finished her career as the Health and Safety Manager, where she not only advocated for the safety of employees, she also created a curriculum and provided health and safety trainings for over 1300 employees.
After the murder of Michael Brown Jr on August 9, 2014, the roots of activism took place and Kristine became very active in the Ferguson Uprising. She initially joined the Women’s caucus planning and organizing with other women, which led to her involvement with The Yarn Mission, a group of radical knitters using their craft to empower women financially. On May 29th 2015 while protesting the persistent police brutality and oppressive tactics in St. Louis, MO, Kristine was tased 3 times and arrested by SLMPD. She managed to beat her charges with the help of Arch City Defenders and has ongoing civil litigation with SLMPD.
Kristine has and continues to be involved in her local community as an activist and advocate, and often cites her role as a mother to 3 boys as her inspiration to creating a better world. With an understanding of the power of the youth voice, she has served as a mentor for Real Talk Youth Organization, Vice President of the University City Education Foundation, and currently holds the position of Vice President of School Board for the School District of University City. Because oppression is a global phenomenon, Kristine has teamed up with The Truth Telling Project and Fellowship of Reconciliation as a Jr. Bayard Rustin Fellow. You can also hear her perspective as a contributor to the We Stay Woke Podcast.