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Eric L Wesson
African-American Education in Kansas City, Kansas (1859-1961), Part 1
First in a seven-part series of articles on the history of African American education in Kansas City, Kansas. This installment describes early schools that were either built or became schools for black...
African-American Education in Kansas City, Kansas (1859-1961), Part 5 of 7
Fifth article in a seven-part series on the history of African American education in Kansas City, Kansas. This installment focuses on the period from 1905-1907. The article consists mostly of excerpts...
African-Americans In Local Broadcasting: Kansas City, 1922-1982
This 34 page paper was prepared for presentation to the 77th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, Kansas City, Missouri, October 9, 1992.
African-Americans in Medicine: The Founding and History of Douglass Hospital
Article about the history of Douglass Hospital, a black health care institution founded in 1899 by Dr. Solomon Thompson. Description of its founding location at 312 Washington Boulevard and subsequent...
African-Americans in Medicine: Thomas C. Unthank, M. D.--A Flood, a Dream, a Hospital
Biographical article about Dr. Thomas Unthank (1866-1932), a black physician "known as the 'father of Kansas City's Negro hospitals.'" Native of North Carolina coming to Kansas City in 1898 as the founder...
African-Americans in Wyandotte During the Pre-Civil War Period
Article describes the African American population in Wyandotte, Kansas prior to the Civil War, and discusses notable African American individuals in the area.
After the Depression, What?
The Great Depression brings charity offers refused by blacks, who want instead opportunity. Service jobs being taken more by whites.
Agency Chief's 'Resignation' Stirs Debate
June 29, 1986
News article about Vernon Thompson, a candidate for the Missouri House of Representatives and former executive director of the Citizens Housing Information Council, an agency that weatherproofs and re-models...
Agency Hires New President
Photo and biographical article about Andrea Shelton, new president of the Don Bosco Center in Kansas City and "former associate dean of student services at Penn Valley Community College."
Aid to Minority Groups in Data on Franchises
February 17, 1965
News article about the "new service to provide members of minority groups with information about business franchise opportunities," announced by the Kansas City field office of the Commerce Department...
Photos and information on Alan Wheat, a black Washington, D. C. lobbyist (50 years old in 2001) and a former national representative from Missouri in Kansas City from 1983 to 1994, involved in cases of...
Ali Fighting for His 'Brothers'
Photo and biographical article about boxing champion Muhammad Ali, discussing his views on religion and race, etc., following his exhibition in Kansas City.
Ali Puts on Show for Few
Photo and biographical article about Muhammad Ali, world heavyweight champion boxer appearing in four exhibition fights at Kemper Arena in front of "a sparse gathering" including "Coach Hank Stram of the...
File containing photos and information on Alvin Brooks, "director of Kansas City's Human Relations Department" and founder of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Crime in Kansas City in 1977. Born about 1920...
Always a Helping Hand
December 31, 2010
Article describes minister and activist Sam Mann, who served 40 years as the preacher for St. Mark Union church, “a black church on Kansas City’s East Side.” Mann retired from the St. Mark Children...
Amber Waves of Pain
Discusses the failure of the USDA to make low-interest loans to black farmers as a result of a discrimination suit.
An Angry Advocate
May 28, 1988
Biographical article about Julia Hill, "long a leader in local civil rights campaigns" and a 65-year-old (in 1988) prominent member of the Kansas City school board. The article discusses Hill's involvements...
An Angry Advocate: Outspoken School Board Member Julia Hill Disrupts with a Purpose
File containing a biographical article about Julia Hill, a 65-year-old "black board member" of the Kansas City School District growing up "near 28th Street and Highland Avenue" and becoming a community...
An Annotated Bibliography of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement (With Emphasis on Publications from 1980 to the Present)
Author states this bibliography grew out of teaching courses at Morgan State University on U.S. history, including a course on the civil rights movement. The bibliography is divided into Anthologies/Reference...
An Artist With Vision Slowly Loses His Sight
November 27, 2007
Article features African American artist Robert J. Reed, Sr., of Kansas City, Kansas. "With primarily black paper and chalk as his medium, most of his work focuses on portraits of people who pop into his...
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