A Lifetime Of Kansas City Activism, And The Leader Of 'America's Orchestra'

Mar 22, 2017

Mamie Hughes has advocated for racial and social equality in Kansas City for more than 60 years, and writes about it in a new autobiography, 'Mamie Who? The Life and Times of a Colored Woman.'
Credit Luke X. Martin / KCUR 89.3

As a former county lawmaker, teacher, community planner, advocate and volunteer, Mamie Hughes has had a lasting impact on Kansas City. Today, we look at life of one of the metro's most dedicated activists.

Then, we meet the enthusiastic conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, and ask what it's been like leading "America's Orchestra" for more than 20 years.

As part of the Harriman-Jewell Series, Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra will celebrate the music of George Gershwin at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 24. For ticketing information, visit KauffmanCenter.org.