While sitting in the UMKC course “The Kansas City Black Experience,” Emiel Cleaver decided to write a paper on KC's first black political group, Freedom Inc.
But when he say down to do the research, he only managed to write a page and a half with the documentation available, and got an "incomplete" on the assignment.
Today on Central Standard, we're joined by Emiel Cleaver to talk about his new documentary Freedom Is Now. His last name sounds familiar for a reason: he's the son of former mayor and current Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II. We'll also joined by long time community activist Rosemary Lowe who was featured in the film, and was there when the organization was founded.
Plus, a Central Standard exclusive -- hear how Cleaver's unique creative energy took the project one step further - by creating his own rap song Freedom Tonight.
The film is screening Friday, Feb 24th 6:30pm at the Plaza Library, 4801 Main Street. Free event. RSVP here.
There will also be a panel discussion Saturday, Feb 25th 12-2:30pm at the Black Archives of Mid-America, 1722 E. 17th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64108. Panelists include Mamie Hughes, Edith Haney-Galvin, Judge Leonard Hughes and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II. Reception to follow. RSVP online or call 816-221-1600.