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'Curse of Covenant' Persists
February 13, 2005
Restrictive housing rules written years ago in covenants in home owners association documents, are still in writing. "Although many Kansas City area residents are not even aware of them, more than 1,200...
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...
African Americans in Kansas City
Folder contains three unpublished papers relating to the history of African Americans in Kansas City. (1) "Assets and Liabilities of the Negro Community in K.C.", a radio talk by E.S. Lewis, Oct. 1, 1931;...
An Interview With Fred Curls, Sr.
Interviewer: Ella Pruitt. Interview recorded March 11, 1976. 2 sound cassettes (ca. 60 minutes): analog, stereo.; 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape; 2 sound discs; digial; 4 3/4 in. Has printed guide to...
An Interview With Ilus Davis
Interviewer: 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...
Bar Association to Mark 50 Years of Integration
November 29, 2005
The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association will note the 50th anniversary of its integration at its annual meeting to be held December 8, 2005. This group, then called the Kansas City Bar Association,...
Black Brokers: 'Exclusive' Home Sales in Kansas City Bow to Shifts in Market
February 22, 1981
News article about the Newsome Realty company at 6217 Prospect Avenue and its place in the changing climate of the local real estate market in which small, black-owned companies were losing their dominance...
Black Firemen Here Form Own Organization
March 23, 1978
News article about the formation of "a new employee organization for blacks only" by local African American firemen. The union was called the International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters...
Black Leaders Discount Quota Reversal
February 5, 1984
News article about the "downplaying" by Kansas City black leaders of "the effect of the recent reversal of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on the use of racial quotas to remedy discrimination." The...
Church Partners Examine Race Through Terrell's Huntsman
May 13, 2006
Members of congregations in a program by Harmony NCCJ to "bring together congregations of different races and faith traditions" discuss The Huntsman. Article also includes interview with author Whitney...
Decades Pass, Struggle Goes On
January 20, 2008
Three Kansas Citians, Geneva Morris, Alvin Brooks, and retired Jackson County Circuit Judge Jon Gray, "tell their stories of the civil rights movement and assess the progress."
Dr. Ralph Bunche Praises UPWE-CIO; 'Equal Rights' Booklet Is Published
November 1, 1952
News article about a public congratulation of an anti-discriminatory policy of "the United Packinghouse Workers of America, CIO" (or UPWA-CIO) labor union by Ralph Bunche, "famed United Nations mediator...
Housing Conditions for African Americans
Chapter of book, "Housing" covers housing conditions and "spatial isolation", or "the extent to which blacks lived in neighborhoods that are predominantly black". The author also describes efforts by whites...
Housing Pioneer Improved KC Area
October 6, 2007
Editorial page article mentions African American real-estate agent Don Sewing who in 1966 moved his family to Fairway in Johnson County, Kansas. This move broke the color barrier in northeast Johnson County....
Kansas City Public Accommodations Ordinances
File contains two items. One is a one page publication titled "Proposed Public Accommodations Ordinance, Kansas City, Missouri" and it states it was adopted by the Council of Kansas City on September 13,...
Kansas City, Missouri, School Districts
Street map of Kansas City showing grade school and high school districts as well as the locations of schools. "Red Lines Indicate High School Boundaries" and "Colored School Districts" are marked in green....
Learning the 'Rules,' Singing the Blues
February 20, 1984
Biographical article, with photos, about prominent black poets from or influenced by Kansas City, including Roger Wilkins, Melvin Tolson, Langston Hughes, and James Weldon Johnson. Personal experiences...
A section of this MA thesis includes information about Lucile Bluford, local journalist and civil rights activist. She was born on July 1, 1911, in Salisbury, North Carolina, and came to Kansas City with...
Myron Green Cafeteria
Article, based primarily on reminiscences of Susie Green Harmon and her husband Rick, discusses Myron Green. It focuses particularly on his battle to end racial discrimination in restaurants.
Negro Librarian at Lincoln High
January 3, 1941
Vertical file containing a biographical article about Miss Mildred Kimbrough, newly appointed head librarian at the "Lincoln high school branch library," succeeding Miss Priscilla Burd, "white, who for...
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