Green Duck Lounge: A series of podcasts exploring today’s civil rights movement through the lens of history

In 1970, a gunman killed civil rights leader Leon Jordan outside the Green Duck Lounge, a popular Kansas City watering hole which Jordan owned. Reporter Michelle Tyrene Johnson of KCUR-FM in Kansas City is also a playwright who penned the play,” The Green Duck Lounge.” In Februrary, the University of Missouri staged the play, which … More Green Duck Lounge: A series of podcasts exploring today’s civil rights movement through the lens of history

St. Louis County school district creates space for black girls to find their voice

For three years Shante Duncan has facilitated The L.O.V.E. Project with freshman girls at Lafayette High School in Wildwood. She talks to the girls about school and anything else they want to share about their personal lives. This month, Duncan centered the session around important African-American females, from Ida B. Wells to Henrietta Lacks, a … More St. Louis County school district creates space for black girls to find their voice

On Iconic Kansas City, Missouri Corner, Cheap Hostess Pies Are Out And Healthy Fruit Smoothies Are In

For decades, the Wonder Hostess Thrift Shop Bakery was an institution at 30th and Troost in Midtown Kansas City. People in the neighborhood remember it from as far back as the 1970s, when it was a quick and cheap place to stop by for day-old bread and discounted baked goods. It closed about six years … More On Iconic Kansas City, Missouri Corner, Cheap Hostess Pies Are Out And Healthy Fruit Smoothies Are In

A shared future: Kirkwood, Missouri residents look ahead

Ten years after Charles Lee “Cookie” Thornton opened fire at Kirkwood City Hall, some residents hope the city is learning to empathize with the experiences of non-white people and encourage understanding across racial and socioeconomic lines. Thornton shot and killed five people and wounded others at Kirkwood City Hall on Feb. 7, 2008. Two police … More A shared future: Kirkwood, Missouri residents look ahead

What’s In A Name? Portland Neighborhood Questions Historic High School Name

Thomas Jefferson High School, or ‘Jeff’ as alumni and locals fondly call it, is a historic pillar of North Portland. Its first graduating class was in 1912, and the school has the largest populations of African-American high school students in the state. But some people are questioning whether the founding father is an appropriate representative for … More What’s In A Name? Portland Neighborhood Questions Historic High School Name