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1. 'Mother of Youth Court' Dies '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...

2. 'Peanut' Still Pitching '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...

3. A Positive Power Force 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...

4. A Year of Tragedy, Triumph For This Councilwoman 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...

5. An Angry Advocate 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...

6. Black Hair: Much More Than Just a "Look" Black Hair: Much More Than Just a "Look" March/13-19/1997 Discusses the history of and rituals associated with black women's hair.

7. Chorus of Praise Rises for Unsung Hero Chorus of Praise Rises for Unsung Hero February/11/2000 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...

8. Civil Rights Activist Anne Thomas Dies: She was the first black leader of the local YWCA Civil Rights Activist Anne Thomas Dies: She was the first black leader of the local YWCA Sept./22/2002 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...

9. Consultant Honored as Minority Advocate: Inez Kaiser Started PR Firm after Leaving KC Teaching Job 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...

10. Drifters, Inc. Drifters, Inc. August/7/1974

11. Graduate of Kansas College Wins Nobel Peace Prize 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...

12. Gwendolyn Brooks Gwendolyn Brooks 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...

13. Intercity Book Lovers Celebrates 80th Anniversary 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...

14. KC Blues Scene Mourns Singer 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...

15. KCK Woman One of 32 U. S. Rhodes Scholars KCK Woman One of 32 U. S. Rhodes Scholars December/19/1983 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.

16. Lawyer Hopes 'Firsts' Aren't 'Lasts' for Blacks 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...

17. Mamie Hughes Still Has No Time for Nonsense: Woman of the Year Has Never Tired of Doing for Others Mamie Hughes Still Has No Time for Nonsense: Woman of the Year Has Never Tired of Doing for Others September/16/1998 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...

18. Miss Elsie M. Mountain to Head Council 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...

19. Mrs. Marvin Luciano, Clubwoman, Named Sixth Woman of the Week 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,...

20. Mrs. V. Hardee Middlebrooks, "Y" Director, Chosen Woman of the Week 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...