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Riots and Disturbances
Missouri State Peniten...
Clarence M Kelley
James Kirkpatrick Davi...
31st and Prospect Six Months Later: A Special Report on How Things Stand after April's Riots
Interviews of residents of the 31st Street and Prospect Avenue neighborhood with commentary about the aftermath of the 1968 race riots in that area and in Kansas City in general, with photos and first-hand...
A City Awakened: The Kansas City Race Riot of 1968
Article about the race riot in Kansas City touched off by the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A Convict Looks Back at the 1954 Missouri Penitentiary Riots
Article about the 1954 riots at the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City, Missouri. Riot included killings, fires, destruction of over $10 million to state property and most of the prison. Also...
A Forgotten Legacy: Hundreds of Foreign Miners Were Ostracized by Their Communities
Story about the rioting in 1917 at the St. Louis Refining & Smelting Company plant in Flat River, involving violence against foreign mine workers from Eastern Europe by Americans fearing the World War...
A Response To a Challenge: Arthur Wesley Pollard
A 14 page typewritten paper with bibliography. "Arthur Wesley Pollard, a prominent philanthropist and civic leader of the Black community initiated an ingenious program that met with a great measure of...
A Tale of Two Cities: The Kansas City Riot Could Have Been Averted
Article pointing out several details in the April 1968 race riots about police department behavior leading to inflammation of the rioting rather than restoring order, including treating all black people...
An Episcopal Priest's Reflections on the Kansas City Riot of 1968
January 1, 2006
The Rev. David Fly was curate at Grace and Hotel Trinity Cathedral at the time of the riots following the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King in 1968. In this article, he chronicles the immediate...
An Interview With Edward Eugene Fields
Interviewer: Horace M. Peterson III. Interview recorded June 21, 1976. 2 sound cassettes (ca. 60 minutes): analog, stereo.; 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape; 2 sound discs; digital; 4 3/4 in. Has printed...
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...
Answers Sought by Citizens
Report about five people killed in gun battle with police at 30th and Prospect Avenues.
Black Crime, Black Victims
Illustrations and article about the unequal law enforcement and crime prevention in Kansas City for blacks and non-blacks, especially in certain parts of the metro area. Description of the murders of Michael...
Citizens to Join in Plea for End of Violence
Second of a two page article with accounts of black people regarding the futility of violence by students and others in the eastern Kansas City community.
Convict Nervous after Long Wait for Test
Photo and biographical article about J. W. Stidham, or Slick Stidham, a convict at the Missouri State Penitentiary petitioning the state for 20 years for a polygraph lie detecting test regarding his "life...
Crisis in the Church: 1966-68
A lecture given at Grace and Holy Trinity on Sunday, February 27, 2005, about his experience of race relations in Kansas City in the mid-Sixties and especially about his participation in the events surrounding...
Doing the Right Thing, Even in the Face of Danger
January 26, 2014
Interview with civil rights activist and 2013 Kansas City Public Library scholar in residence, Alvin Sykes. Sykes discusses his background and his experiences during the 1968 riots following the assassination...
Editorial: Editor Says Police Incited Riot in Kansas City
750 people "hauled in," many of which later arrested. Tear gas used on mobs.
Fair Housing Law Slowly Maturing into Effective Force
Information about the Fair Housing Act and its repercussions within the community.
Final Report: Mayor's Commission on Civil Disorder
August 15, 1968
Booklet about the 1968 race riots and their causes and aftermath, with chapters on education, the police department, city government functions, and facts about the riots.
Focus/Midwest Recommends: Organize Ghetto Residents to Control Civil Disturbances
Paper about riot control and prevention methods in the wake of the 1968 race riots.
Has Progress Risen from Ashes of 1968 Riots Here?
Article with photos and discussion about the effects and possible progress in equal rights and race relations since the 1968 riots.
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