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Central Standard
4:49 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Historic Dividing Lines In Public Education Still Affect Kansas And Missouri Schools

US Marshalls escort Ruby Bridges to and from school in New Orleans in 1960.
Credit CC Public Domain


This spring marked the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, a Kansas case that went to the Supreme Court and ultimately ended with the ruling that the segregation of schools was unconstitutional. In the first half of Tuesday's Central Standard, we shared some little-known stories of the desegregation process from the months and years that followed.

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Beyond Our Borders
2:12 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Timeline: A Look Back At 40 Years Of Kansas City's Black Archives

Horace Peterson III, the founder of the Black Archives of Mid-America
Credit The Black Archives of Mid-America

Over forty years ago, Horace Peterson III started collecting relics of Kansas City-area history in the trunk of his car.

That collection grew into the Black Archives of Mid-America, a research facility, museum and community gathering space now located at 1722 E. 17th Terrace in the historic 18th and Vine Jazz District in Kansas City, Mo.

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Beyond Our Borders
2:11 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Three Prized Possessions From Kansas City's Black Archives

A bumper sticker advertising the first documented Juneteenth celebration in Kansas City is a part of the collection honoring the 40th anniversary of the Black Archives of Mid-America. Juneteenth celebrations remember June 19, 1865, the day the last slaves heard about the Emancipation Proclamation.
Credit The Black Archives of Mid-America

The Black Archives of Mid-America has provided a place to learn about African-American history in Kansas City, Mo., for the past four decades.  

And during that time, it has amassed a vast collection of papers, photographs and even physical structures to show what life was like as a black Kansas Citian. 

As the organization celebrates its 40th anniversary this week, we wanted to know more about the types of materials in the collection that started in 1974, when Horace Peterson III founded the Black Archives.

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Exploring Lincoln Prep's Historic Past

Lincoln High in Kansas City, Mo., is now known as Lincoln College Preparatory Academy
Credit bk1bennett / Flickr-CC

Back when segregation was king, Lincoln High in Kansas City, Mo., — now Lincoln College Preparatory Academy — was a focal point in the black community. With a legacy stretching back to the end of the Civil War, the school has grown and changed a lot over the years.

On Friday's Up to Date, we talk about the role the school has played in boosting Kansas City’s black community.


  • Joelouis Mattox, historian
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Beyond Our Borders
4:01 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

How One Kansas City Neighborhood Opened Doors, And The Leaders Who Called It Home

Google Street View shot of Sheraton Estates, a neighborhood on the east side of Kansas City, Mo., has been home to many influential African-Americans in the community.

Sheraton Estates was the first place in Kansas City, Mo., where African-Americans sought out to build new homes south of 27th Street. The suburban-style subdivision was built in 1957. It was marketed to, and, historically, home to many influential African-American leaders in the city.

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Up to Date
2:27 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

From Slavery To Higher Ed

James Johnston is the author of From Slave Ship to Harvard.

He had his portrait painted by artist Charles Willson Peale, and he was a literate man—in short, Yarrow Mamout was unusual for an 18th-century slave in America.

On Friday's Up to Date, we look at his legacy over six generations and how his family moved from a life of slavery to producing a Harvard graduate in 1927.


  • James Johnston, author of From Slave Ship to Harvard: Yarrow Mamout and the History of an African American Family
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7:46 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Kansas Agency Encourages A New Black Friday Tradition

A Kansas agency is urging black families talk to sit down and interview their family members on Friday. The Kansas African American Affairs Commission is calling the oral history project called “New Black Friday.”

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KC Currents
4:42 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

New Book Explores Stories Of 'Extraordinary Black Missourians'

Written histories of Missouri (and arguably, all states) often overlook the contributions of African Americans, but a new book by St. Louis-based authors John and Sylvia Wright attempts to fill in the gaps.

Extraordinary Black Missourians: Pioneers, Leaders, Performers, Athletes and Other Notables Who’ve Made History  includes stories about well-known Missourians like Tina Turner, Dred Scott, and Langston Hughes, but also includes untold stories of little-known African Americans.

Here are a few stories from the book, as told by the Wrights.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Looking Back At The March On Washington

March on Washington
U.S. Information Agency Press and Publications Service

One of the most iconic moments of the Civil Rights Movement was Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, which took place during the 1963 March on Washington.

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Central Standard
9:33 am
Tue February 19, 2013

African-American Read In

As part of Black History Month activities, UMKC is hosting an African-American Read In Feb. 20 and 28. Employees of the UMKC library and the public will read aloud from some of their favorite African-American literature and writing.

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Central Standard
12:53 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Panther Baby: A Life Of Rebellion And Reinvention

*** This is an extended encore presentation of a show originally aired October 1st, 2012 ***

They warned him, “Once you get in, there’s no getting out.”

Journey with us on Monday’s Central Standard for a discussion with former Black Panther Jamal Joseph. We're stepping back in time to the late 1960s and early 1970s, and looking through the eyes of one of the youngest Black Power leaders in New York.

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Central Standard
2:06 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Presidential Policies and Black Entrepreneurship

Robert Weems, Professor of Business History at Wichita State
Wichita State University

An American president once said that black power is the power that people should have over their own destinies, the power that comes from participation in the political and economic process of society. That president? Richard Nixon.

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Central Standard
2:39 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

The Traveling Trunk Of African American & Latino Inventors

Students from the Youth Leadership Summit from the Urban League's national conference in Boston last year

If you're a young black or latino student plotting your future, do you look up to athletes or entrepreneurs? Entertainers or innovators?

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Central Standard
1:26 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

The Formation Of Freedom Inc.

Rosemary Lowe

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.

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Central Standard
1:36 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Should Black History Month Exist?

On this Wednesday's Central Standard, a look at a documentary that argues that Black History is American History.

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KC Currents
4:56 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Preserving The History Of Black Kansas City

The new home of the Black Archives of Mid America.
Susan B. Wilson

The Black Archives of Mid-America recently completed renovations on a new exhibit and archive space and also welcomed a new executive director, Doretha Williams. Williams has a doctorate from the University of Kansas in American Studies and hopes to bring the community back to the archives.

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