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40 Years, Mostly of Miracles
September 10, 2011
In-depth article about Operation Breakthrough and the two women, Sister Berta Sailer and Sister Corita Bussanmas, that began the child care center in 1971 to provide child care to the poor. The Catholic...
A First-Rate Model Guides a Second-Chance School
January 27, 2007
Article tells the story of Pamela Pearson, principal of Genesis School. Genesis, at 44th and Cleveland, "started as an alternative school in 1975." It became a charter school for middle school students...
An Interview With Richard Bolling
Interviewer: Horace M. Peterson III . Interview recorded October 1, 1976. 2 sound cassettes (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...
Attorney Wants "Welfare to Work" Stipulations for TIF Projects
Describes efforts to tie tax increment financing incentives to providing jobs for welfare recipients.
Biography of Henry Ess (1840-1917) and Phoebe Ess (1850-1934), Attorney and Clubwoman and Reformer
Biography of William Volker (1859-1947), Businessman and Philanthropist
Child's Play: The Rebirth of Santa Fe Place
Article giving history and description of the district between 27th, Linwood, Prospect, and Indiana Avenue, and its efforts to rebuild its homes and businesses in safety from crime and poverty.
This book tells the story of Kansas City's inner city Central High School and its debate team and coach. From the book jacket: "Here is the riveting and poignant story of four debaters and their coach...
Divided Line: Pastor and Congregation Determined to Restore Pride in Troubling Neighborhoods
September 5-11, 2008
The last in a four-part series examining the economic, social, and racial divisions between the communities located on either side of Troost Avenue. The street is considered to be a dividing line between...
Endurance: Amidst the Beauty of the Ozarks, Residents of Reynolds County Struggle with Economic Decline and Burgeoning Social Problems. ..
First article of a two-part series on the transition of Reynolds County, Missouri, a poor, rural Ozark community of heavily forested land, from a lumber-based economy to 21st century possibilities in higher...
Executive Uses Business SKills to Help Doctors: Reach Out and Read
Marsha Gershon is the new executive director of the National Reach Out and Read program, "a national, non-profit program that works with doctors and nurses to bring books and a love of reading primarily...
Few Black Businesses Reaping Benefits of Enterprise Zone
April 8, 1988-April 14, 1988
Second of a two-part series of articles about the "Enterprise Zone Program of Kansas City, Mo." started in about 1984. The program was criticized for offering tax breaks to businesses moving into particular,...
Former KC Official James Threatt Dies
August 12, 2005
Obituary article about the death of Threatt who served 20 years as an assistant city manager. From 1968 to 1972 he was the first ''director of Model Cities in Kansas City, a program designed to address...
Housing: Try Horse Sense
Description of the latest public housing project for the urban poor in Kansas City through "simply giv[ing] the rent money to the poor and let[ting] them find their own housing." Comparison of the recent...
Just Like the Garden of Eden: African-American Community Life in Kansas City's Leeds
January 1, 2004
Article traces the history of Leeds from about 1915 - 1960. Leeds was a semi-rural area within Kansas City where residents could buy their own homes, have large gardens, and raise farm animals. It particularly...
Kansas Literature and Race
An overview of how race has been expressed in literature and poetry by Kansans. The author discusses how issues of segregation, class, poverty, social justice, and integration in Kansas have been portrayed...
Langston Hughes of Kansas
Photos and extensive biographical article about Langston Hughes (1902-1967), a nationally prominent African American fiction writer and poet, "born in 1902 in Joplin, Mo., yet from 1903 to 1915 liv[ing]...
Lifestyle: A Family Down and Out
Photos and article about the growing number of homeless families in Kansas City and charitable institutions for their aid such as the Salvation Army Emergency Lodge and "a low-income housing project in...
Man in Rags Left Rich Endowment for KC Library
November 4, 1985
David A. Taggart lived in loneliness and poverty but he left $40,000 to Kansas City Public Library. He lived in a tiny downtown apartment and had no friends but had accumulated a fortune of $43,000, most...
Migrant Family: No Way Out
Photos and article about the lifestyles of families of migrant workers, annually passing through Kansas and Missouri to find seasonal agricultural work. Article details one Hispanic family's (the Pecina...
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