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'Mother of Youth Court' Dies
July 4, 2005
Kansas City humanitarian Mildred Watson served as the first female commissioner in the juvenile division of the Jackson County Circuit Court and was referred to as "the mother of youth court". She died...
'Peanut' Still Pitching
August 18, 2010
The only woman to pitch in the Negro Leagues, Mamie Johnson (Peanut), will be one of the celebrities in the 2010 Buck O'Neil Golf Classic at the Shoal Creek Golf Course August 23, 1020. Johnson pitched...
A Positive Power Force
April 29, 2013
Profile on Inez Kaiser, a Kansas City civil rights activist known for her work in promoting the role of African-American women in business and community service. In the 1950s, Kaiser began her career as...
A Year of Tragedy, Triumph For This Councilwoman
July 12, 2007
Steve Penn's "Commentary"column features City Councilwoman Melba Curls. Melba was the wife of Phil Curls, Sr., who died on May 4, 2007. That date just happened to be the date she was to be celebrating...
An Angry Advocate
May 28, 1988
Biographical article about Julia Hill, "long a leader in local civil rights campaigns" and a 65-year-old (in 1988) prominent member of the Kansas City school board. The article discusses Hill's involvements...
Black Hair: Much More Than Just a "Look"
Discusses the history of and rituals associated with black women's hair.
Chorus of Praise Rises for Unsung Hero
File containing a photo and biographical article about Florastine Burr, "one of five national winners of the 2000 Kraft/NAACP Community Service Award." Born in Oklahoma about 1922 and coming to Kansas...
Civil Rights Activist Anne Thomas Dies: She was the first black leader of the local YWCA
Article relating the death and life of Anne Thomas, the first black person to head the Kansas City YWCA and an original member of the Panel of American Women, a national civil rights group founded in Kansas...
Consultant Honored as Minority Advocate: Inez Kaiser Started PR Firm after Leaving KC Teaching Job
November 27, 1997
File containing a photo and biographical article about Inez Yeargan Kaiser, or Inez Kaiser, founder of her own public relations and advertising company in New York City after retiring as a teacher of the...
Graduate of Kansas College Wins Nobel Peace Prize
October 9, 2004
Four decades ago Wangari Maathai, a young Kenyan girl, was a student at Mount St. Scholastica College in Atchison, Kansas. In 2004 the enviornmentalist activist was named the winner of the Nobel Peace...
Biographical articles with photos about Gwendolyn Brooks, an African American poet and winner of the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Brooks was born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1917 and became famous after moving...
Intercity Book Lovers Celebrates 80th Anniversary
November 17-23, 2006
Column reporting the 80th anniversary of the Intercity Book Lovers, an African American women's group dedicated to a love of books. The group was founded in 1926, with 30 original members who were "mostly...
KC Blues Scene Mourns Singer
December 26, 2007
Annetta "Cotton Candy" Washington, local blues singer, died December 25, 2007, at the age of 76. Her death was due to complications from a stroke. "She was a founding member of the Kansas City Blues Society...and...
KCK Woman One of 32 U. S. Rhodes Scholars
Article about the second black woman ever to receive a Rhodes Scholarship, Jeanette Marie Pitts, of Kansas City Kansas, 21 years old and preparing for medical school.
Lawyer Hopes 'Firsts' Aren't 'Lasts' for Blacks
February 15, 1975
File containing a photo and biographical article about Mrs. Leona Pouncey Thurman, or Leona Thurman, "the first black woman to be admitted to the bar in Jackson County and to practice the profession in...
Mamie Hughes Still Has No Time for Nonsense: Woman of the Year Has Never Tired of Doing for Others
File containing photos and a biographical article about Mamie Hughes Rodgers, "69, known professionally as Mamie Hughes," a "longtime activist in politics and civil rights" honored in 1998 "as Woman of...
Miss Elsie M. Mountain to Head Council
January 27, 1939
File containing an article about Miss Elsie Mountain, "executive secretary of the Paseo branch Y.W.C.A." being elected "president of the Kansas City council of the National Negro congress." Other officers...
Mrs. Marvin Luciano, Clubwoman, Named Sixth Woman of the Week
March 4, 1949
File containing a biographical article, with photographic portrait, of Mrs. Marvin Luciano, president of the Kansas City Association of Colored Women, "which is the local branch of the national organization,...
Mrs. V. Hardee Middlebrooks, "Y" Director, Chosen Woman of the Week
March 25, 1949
File containing an article and photo about Mrs. Velma Hardee Middlebrooks, or Velma Middlebrooks, "executive director of the Yates branch Y.M.C.A." in Kansas City, Kansas. Middlebrooks came to Kansas City...
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