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An Interview With Ilus Davis
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TitleAn Interview With Ilus Davis
AbstractInterviewer: Horace M. Peterson III. Interview recorded May 15, 1976. 3 sound cassettes (ca. 60 minutes): analog, stereo.; 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape; 3 sound discs; digital; 4 3/4 in. Has printed guide to contents.
NotesFormer mayor Ilus Davis was born April 22, 1917 at Christian Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. In the interview Mr. Davis discusses African American involvement in Kansas City including discrimination, housing, geography of the community, human rights, 1968 race riot in Kansas City, and local leaders as D.A. Holmes, Lucille Bluford, and Bruce Watkins, etc.
SourceKansas City Public Library; Black Archives of Mid-America, Inc.
LocationSC69-2, Tape 18, CD 18 ( 3 parts)
Local SubjectHolmes, Daniel A.
Riots and Disturbances
Davis, Ilus W.
Oral History
Race Discrimination
African Americans
Swope Park
Item TypeArchival Material
TranscriptionOutline of Interview:

Born April 22, 1917 at Christian Hospital at 27th & Paseo, Kansas City, Missouri. Family background given. First address was 3241 College. Stanford Ladd, first school until graduation in 1929. First associations with Black people and Y.M.C.A.Public facilities recalled. 1932--geography of Black community. A ride through the Black community. Back to work as lawyer and helped organize Reserve Unit. Highest ranking Black officer.

City Councilman - thirty years old. City election, 1940. Rev. D. A. Holmes' contribution or involvement. No Black City Councilman. Don Davis, editor of Kansas City Call, first Black man to run for city councilman. Legislation that had an affect for Black community.

Swope Park and Blacks use of pool - boat house- zoo. Plaza, 1921. Geography of black community, 1946. Rev. Martin Luther King, Rev. D.A. Holmes, Lucile Bluford, Bruce Watkins. Property Rights and Human Rights.

City strategy against riots of 1968. Ordered in National Guard - riot control. Riot containment. Reason for dropping out of politics. Suggestions to Mayor Wheeler. Leon Jordan Memorial Award.
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Item ID210200
CONTENTdm number36278
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