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Glenn E Rice
"Black Capitalism" as Negro Hope
April 30, 1968
Biographical article about Booker T. Washington and his statements from around the turn of the 20th century about "black capitalism" being re-popularized by the Richard Nixon administration in the late...
$1 Million Makes a Big Difference
August 15, 2007
The Black Archives of Mid-America will have a new home at a former park maintenance building at 17th Street and Woodland Avenue. The building already houses the Full Employment Council, but needs structural...
'70 Slaying of Politician a Mob Hit?
October 31, 2010
Article about the re-opened Leon Jordan murder case that ties the murder to the Mafia. New evidence implicates a "low-profile mob associate known on the street as 'Shotgun Joe' [Joe Centimano]." Centimano...
'Accidental' Lawyer Surprised by Top N. A. A. C. P. Post
Photo and biographical article about Margaret Bush Wilson, or Margaret Wilson, a 55-year-old black lawyer of Saint Louis "bec[oming] the first black woman elected board chairman of the National Association...
'Buffalo Soldiers': Seeking a Niche in History
File containing a photo, illustration, and biographical article about Albert Bly, "a former trooper and officer of the Tenth U. S. Cavalry" and a 57-year-old black military historian, residing at 2602...
'Freedom Mall' Envisioned
June 7, 2010
Ed Hogan, Kansas City artist, has created four statues that "tell the stories of many slaves who once sought freedom across the Missouri River." The statues are part of the Kansas City River Trails Inc....
'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...
'Mother of Youth Court' Dies
July 4, 2005
Kansas City humanitarian Mildred Watson served as the first female commissioner in the juvenile division of the Jackson County Circuit Court and was referred to as "the mother of youth court". She died...
'Mother Taylor': At 83, Myra Taylor Reigns as One of KC's Greatest Singers Ever
April 2, 2000
Biographical article about Kansas City jazz singer Myra Taylor, a black woman starting out in 1930s night clubs and going on to USO and other overseas tours starting in World War II, with photos.
'Mother' of 100 Takes Children into Heart
July 29, 1975
Biographical article with photo about Mrs. Willa Carter, 78-year-old matriarch of a large adopted family of over 100 foster children in Kansas City. The story is told of her long process of adopting starting...
'Old Clay Is Some Punkins' (A History of Clay County)
Short description of Washington Dale, referred to as the oldest Missourian at 109 years old, living in Clay County in 1821 and in Kansas City during the Civil War emancipation.
'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...
'Peanut' Still Pitching
August 18, 2010
The only woman to pitch in the Negro Leagues, Mamie Johnson (Peanut), will be one of the celebrities in the 2010 Buck O'Neil Golf Classic at the Shoal Creek Golf Course August 23, 1020. Johnson pitched...
'Philosopher of Soul' Johnnie Taylor Dies
File containing a photo and obituary for Johnnie Taylor, "a soul singer whose crossover appeal gave him his biggest hit in the disco era." Born in Arkansas about 1938 and raised in Kansas City before becoming...
'Showboat' Was a King of the Court
July 3, 2005
Article featuring Marland ''Showboat'' Buckner who played basketball with the Colored Ghosts and Harlem Clowns in the 1940s and '50s. Buckner graduated from Lincoln High School in 1945.
'Showy' General Blamed in Massacre
September 28, 1963
Article about the surprise raid by William Quantrill's guerrillas on Major General James Blunt and his black troops at Baxter Springs, Kansas.
'Your Kansas City and Mine' off the Press; Traces History of Negroes
September 15, 1950
Book review of "Your Kansas City and Mine," a book written in 1950 by William Young about "the Negro in Kansas City during its 100-year history." Aspects and sections of the book are described, covering...
1,000 Negro Citizens Proud of Their Clean, Attractive City; Race Relations Good
Photos and article about the business and social conditions in the town of Chanute, Kansas, located "approximately midway between Kansas City, Mo. and Tulsa, Okla." Profiled are "three major business enterprises...
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...
1975 Annual Church Contest on the Way
April 11-April 17, 1975
News article about a church membership drive associated with a local NAACP contest.
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