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'Overjoyed' At Being An Exile
October 21, 2004
Steve Penn's "Commentary" feature column provides information about Pete O'Neal and his communicating by speaker phone from Tanzania, Africa to a group gathered at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Center...
A Historic Makeover
AUgust 3, 2007
The Midtown Theatre, located at 13th and Main in Kansas City, Missouri, is expected to reopen in the spring of 2008 following a $28 million makeover. The new renovations include cabaret seating and several...
A Mural for O’Neil Is Finished by Artist
December 11, 2010
Commissioned by Ollie Gates, “Alexander Austin, a local mural artist, recently completed the image of the late Buck O’Neil and other Kansas City Monarch players for the Buck O’Neil Education and...
A New Sportsman's Friend
June 14, 2007
In Steve Penn's "Commentary" column he features Wayne Hubbard of Kansas City, Kansas. Hubbard is host to a TV show called "Urban American Outdoors" shown in this area on the Metro Sports Channel. It has...
A Smart Decision for Widow of the 'Fiddler'
September 28, 2010
Article reports on a display case at the LaBudde Special Collections Department at the Miller Nichols Library, University of Missouri-Kansas City showcasing memorabilia of Claude "Fiddler" Williams. Williams'...
A Wider Culinary Threat
September 19, 2005
In Mike Hendricks "Commentary" column he discusses the effect of the planned widening of 85th Street in Kansas City on two restaurants, Stroud's and B.B.'s Lawnside Bar-B-Q. Stroud's will be relocating...
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...
Among the Best Ever to Play the Game
April 5, 2011
Article profiles the accomplishments of baseball player Wilber "Bullet" Rogan and a new book about him by baseball historian Phil Dixon titled "Wilber 'Bullet' Rogan and the Kansas City Monarchs." Dixon...
Another Name For the Lineup
October 27, 2005
Steve Penn in his "Commentary" column raises the name of J. L. Wilkinson, owner of the Kansas City Monarchs, to be put in the Baseball Hall of Fame. He highlights the fact that in 1909 Wilkinson started...
Back Home in KC, a Jazz Legend Gets the Recognition He's Due
October 18, 2008
Two Kansas City jazz musicians, Luqman Hamza and Curtis Fuller, received the American Jazz Museum's 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award. Hamza (formerly known as Larry Cummings) is a singer and pianist who...
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,...
Big Award for Local Artist Is a Thrill
March 15, 2011
"Shane W. Evans, a Kansas City artist, received an Image Award for Literature at the 42nd annual NAACP's Image Awards...." The award was for his illustrations in the book ''My Brother Charlie'' that deals...
Buck's Home to Enhance His Legacy
June 23, 2011
Restoration on Buck O'Neil's two-story home at 3049 E. 32nd Street is underway by the Bethel AME Church and the Friends of the Buck O'Neil Historic Preservation Foundation. The house has deteriorated some...
Coda Jazz Fund Steps up to Honor KC Musician
March 22, 2008
King Alex Littlejohn died March 15, 2008. Although Littlejohn worked 45 years as a paper-cutter at Tension Envelope Corp. before retiring in January 2000, he played with a number of famous blues artists...
Coda Jazz Fund to Place Marker on Jazz Legend Moten's Grave
March 28-April 3, 2014
Article announces that an engraved marble marker placed at the grave site of Bennie Moten in Highland Cemetery will be unveiled during a ceremony on April 2, 2014. CODA Jazz Fund committee chairperson,...
Community Was Rich In Sharing
July 22, 2003
The current exhibit on the African American community in Leeds, Missouri, is commented on by Steve Penn in his column. The exhibit is located, until September, 2003, at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage...
Development Preserves a Community Treasure
October 13, 2009
Column discusses conversion of Northeast Junior High School in Kansas City, Kansas, to apartments for seniors.
Farewell to an Outfielder Who 'Just Oozed Happiness'
February 20, 2010
Column notes the death of Alfred "Slick" Surratt . Surratt was an outfielder for the Kansas City Monarchs from 1947 to 1952 and one of the original founders of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
Former State Lawmaker Phillip Curls Dies at 65
May 5, 2007
Phillips B. Curls, Sr. died May 4, 2007. Curls served 11 years in the Missouri House before being elected to the Senate and 8 years as president of Freedom Inc. Article includes other biographical information....
Glover a Genuine Celebrity
December 9, 2003
Steve Penn's commentary on Danny Glover's appearance in Kansas City and his visit to Kansas City's Genesis School. Glover's father, James Glover, was a resident of Kansas City and graduated from Lincoln...
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