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Jeffrey C Stone
'He Was a Great Mentor and Tutor'
January 2, 2006
Article describing the life of G. Lawrence Blankinship, Sr., who died at age 92 on December 28, 2005. Blankinship was one of the first African American members of the Kansas City City Council, and was...
12th Street Poised for Big Things
March 2, 2006
Article about Ollie Gates' plans to revitalize the area around 12th and the Paseo. His vision includes restoring William T. Fitzgerald Memorial Fountain, erect a memorial to African American soliders and...
19th Century School Awaits Restoration
December 25, 2006
Article detailing the work of a restoration group working to convert the Benjamin Banneker School building in Parkville, Missouri, into a museum. Benjamin Banneker was a one-room, segregated school for...
A Great Loss for Kansas
March 8, 2006
Article featuring Gordon Parks and his accomplishments. He died March 7, 2006. Included is a timeline of events in his life and an excerpt of his poem ''A Sign by the Road.'' Parks received the University...
A Lost Legacy
May 7, 2006
African American jockeys once dominated the sport of horse racing and won the Kentucky Derby 15 of the first 28 times it was run. Lonnie Clayton was an early African American jockey from Kansas City, winning...
African American Schools
Schools, in particular Lincoln High School, were a source of pride and "instruments of community and racial formation in the 1920s and 1930s" amongst the African American community in Kansas City. This...
African Americans in Politics
Passage in book describes early attempts to get African American candidates on the ballot. Theron B. Watkins' unsuccessful campaign for city alderman and L. Amasa Knox's campaign for the state legislature...
African Americans in the Local Meat Packing Industry
The role of African Americans in the local meat packing industry is discussed in Chapter 2 of the book. Describes the conditions under which they worked as well as labor union practices.
Blacks in Platte County: a Long Journey
African Americans arrived in Platte County at the same time as whites. In 1849 there were 2,781 taxpayers and 2,034 slaves. Article touches on the lives of slaves and on Banneker School and the Second...
Buck, an Eight-Page Tribute Section
October 8, 2006
A separate section devoted to Buck O'Neil that appeared in the Kansas City Star shortly after his death. The section includes numerous photographs and articles written by various sports writers at 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...
Cleaver Elected Vice Chair of Black Caucus
December 8-14, 2006
Article reporting the election of U.S. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II as Second Vice-Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) for the 110th Congress.
Description of Packing Houses
Excerpt from one of Melvin B. Tolson's "popular 'Caviar and Cabbage' columns for the Washington Tribune" that describes his work at the packing house in 1918.
Determined to Serve: The Story of Annie Malone
Annie Malone, considered the first major black millionaire and philanthropist in the nation, made her fortune in the development and sales of hair care products and cosmetics. She created a company in...
Early African American Ministers
Three ministers are listed in the book as early forces in the pre-World War I African American community in Kansas City. They include: Samuel William Bacote, pastor of the Second Baptist Church; T.H. Ewing...
Early African American Physicians in Kansas City
Prominent African American physicians listed under the heading of "Medical Leadership: Protecting the Race" in Chapter 3 include: Thomas C. Unthank, John E. Perry, D. Madison Miller, and Howard Smith....
Early African American Police Officers
Book excerpt about Lafayette Tillman, William Davis, Cornelius Carter, and J.J. Mattjoy, early African American police officers of the Kansas City Police Department. Tillman was the second black police...
Early African American Religious Leaders In Kansas City
Under the heading of "Religious Leadership" in Chapter 3 is mentioned the following men: Samuel Bacote (Second Baptist); James Hurse (St. Stephen's); T.H. Ewing (Vine Street) and D. A. Holmes (Vine Street)....
Early Local African American Educators
The significance to Kansas City schools of African Americans R.T. Coles or Richard T. Coles, G.N. Grisham, and W.W. Yates is detailed in this book. Coles placed significance on the manual arts for the...
Felix Payne and William Thompkins
Book excerpt about Felix Payne, founder and publisher of the Kansas City American newspaper during its run from 1928 to 1941. Payne was a native of Marshall, Missouri coming to Kansas City around 1900...
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