Freedom Inc.

Courtesy of LaBudde Special Collections, UMKC.

Three years ago, Kansas City police re-opened one of the most vexing cold cases in local history. It was the 1970 murder of politician and civil rights leader Leon Jordan. The case was re-opened after an investigation by Kansas City Star reporters Mike McGraw and Glenn Rice.  McGraw told us what one of the original detectives told him about the 40-year-old case.

“'I can’t remember a case with less info, more blind alleys, more possible motives, and more possible suspects than the Leon Jordan murder,'” said McGraw, quoting detective Lloyd DeGraffenreid. 

The Formation Of Freedom Inc.

Feb 21, 2012
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.