Kansas City, MO – In 2006, UMKC's Black Studies program was de-stabilized after several faculty members left. Charges of institutional racism were leveled against the university. At the time, KCUR's Laura Ziegler spoke to the Black Studies director Don Matthews, who described what he saw as the problem.
Following Dr. Matthews' departure, the University formed a commission, which recently completed a report assessing the situation. Dr. Clovis Semmes is a visiting professor at UMKC's Black Studies program. He stopped by recently, and spoke to KC Currents' Susan B. Wilson about the findings of the report, as well as the relevance and future of the program.