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Riley, Kimberly R
A Chronicle of Freedom
February 19, 2012
In-depth interview of Emiel Cleaver, son of U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II and former KC mayor. His film, called "Freedom Is Now," is about "Kansas City's oldest and most powerful African-American political...
A Cut Above
File containing photos and a biographical article about James Anderson, 38-year-old winner of a Black Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City award as owner of his own James Place restaurant and adjacent...
AC23 Taylor Family Collection Finding Aid
The Taylor Family Collection contains photographs and newspaper clippings concerning the business and community activities of Joseph and Vivian Taylor, covering the period ca. 1955-1981.
An Interview With Ollie W. Gates
Interviewer: Edward Scott. Interview recorded April 20, 1976. 1 sound cassette (ca. 60 minutes): analog, stereo.; 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape; 1 sound disc; digital; 4 3/4 in. Has printed guide to...
Biography of Theron B. Watkins (1877-1950) and Bruce Watkins (1924-1980), Community Leaders
Black 'Brothers' Share Dream
July 19, 1968
Photo and article about the African American-owned business enterprise "Brothers International, a hamburger, black art, protest-poster, and occasional clothing shop at 1701 North Seventh Street, Kansas...
File containing an obituary for Charles Bryant (1892-1952), "original owner of the Charles Bryant Barbecue, 1921 E. 18th Street" and father of Arthur Bryant. He was a native of Texas who started his restaurant...
City Window--Ruby's: No Brass or Plants, Just Good Ol' Soul Food
History of the Ruby McIntyre's soul food restaurant at 1508 Brooklyn Avenue, visited by such television personalities as Redd Foxx and Tony Dow of "Leave It to Beaver."
Crossroads of America: The Story of Kansas City
Description of segregation practices in Kansas City as a factor in the popularity of the Pendergast machine. Discussion on the tradition (still active in 1948) of discrimination against black people through...
Down-Home Delights: Savor the Rich History of Kansas City Soul Food
February 22, 2002
There is a rich soul food history in Kansas City. Also called down-home cooking, such names as Ruby McIntyre, Maxine Byrd, Mattie Cornelius, etc., are well known. Article features restaurants as the Peachtree...
Executive of the Year: The Saucy Mr. Gates
Photos and biographical article about Ollie Walter Gates, Sr., or Ollie Gates, "the 52-year-old master of Kansas City's five-restaurant Gates & Sons Bar-B-Q chain," headquartered at 47th and Paseo, with...
Book excerpt about Henry Perry, "the city's first barbecue king" and a local philanthropist. Perry came to Kansas City in 1907 as a beef sandwich operator first along "Banks Alley on the west side of downtown"...
Homer Roberts and Reuben Street
Book excerpt about Homer Roberts and Reuben and Ella Street, early black businesspeople of Kansas City. Roberts was "one of the first African American car salesmen in the country" and Reuben Street was...
Meet the King of Barbecue
Photos (including interior scenes of the restaurant) and biographical article about Arthur Bryant, black owner and operator of Arthur Bryant's Barbecue restaurant at 1727 Brooklyn Avenue since 1946 and...
Music Served As a Backdrop To KC Civil Rights Efforts
Article tells about local music teacher Harrison Frye and the song he wrote for the local civil rights movement entitled "Let's Take the Walk That Counts". The song was to be sung on the Kansas City streets...
New Street's Hotel Attracts Keen Interest
December 9, 1949
Biographical article with photos and captions about the new hotel complex known as "Street Enterprises at 1510 E. 18th St," at Paseo Boulevard. The owner was Rueben Street, "ex-railroad chef" and Kansas...
File includes several articles about public accommodations rights around the country and one about Kansas. The one about Kansas is regarding an “anti-bias bill” to make “hotels and restaurants open...
The Barbeque Pit
Article about the legal struggles of the descendants of Arthur Bryant to retain control of his namesake restaurant.
They Stood Their Ground To Make KC a Better Place
January 8, 2007
Article recalls some of the efforts made by African Americans in the 1950s and 1960s to integrate restaurants, theaters, work places and amusement parks like Fairyland Park. Most were young adults or teenagers...
We Shall Overcome
Book or magazine excerpt about black-owned businesses in Kansas City, including the barbecue establishments of Ollie Gates & Sons and Arthur Bryant's. Related information on employment and other economic...
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