Kansas City memorial is first to honor a Missouri lynching victim

Levi Harrington was lynched on April 3, 1882, in the West Bottoms of Kansas City, Missouri. That may seem like a long time ago, but after 136 years, the aftermath of racial terror lynchings reverberates today. That’s why lynchings — and Harrington — are being remembered in Kansas City with a new memorial. The story … More Kansas City memorial is first to honor a Missouri lynching victim

Group of Midwestern artists of color creates safe spaces and takes on cultural appropriation

Art is inextricably tied to culture. Whether it’s the imagery of visual artists or the narrative themes of writers, race and culture influence the artists and the art. Members of a two-year-old Kansas City group called the Artists of Color Alliance understand this. “I think the benefit of our group is that we can create … More Group of Midwestern artists of color creates safe spaces and takes on cultural appropriation

Janelle Monáe plans to give more than music back to Kansas City

Janelle Monae’s latest album, “Dirty Computer,” was released earlier this year. Her music, style, politics and revelations about her sexuality landed her on the covers of Rolling Stone and the New York Times Magazine. She’s also recently appeared in “Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight,” the 2016 film which won an Academy Award for Best Motion Picture. … More Janelle Monáe plans to give more than music back to Kansas City

Dig in: The story behind a unique pork tenderloin sandwich in Kansas City

It’s the kind of place with a following, long lines out the door, and home to one of Kansas City’s unique food traditions. The pork tenderloin has been reviewed extensively by food critics locally for several years. Charles Ferruzza, a long-time food critic, is a fan. “It’s hard to find the perfect pork tenderloin that … More Dig in: The story behind a unique pork tenderloin sandwich in Kansas City

Past Housing Discrimination Contributed To Wealth Gap Between Blacks and Whites In Kansas City

Sam Shockley went to school with the black students who eventually desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. So he was more than familiar with the harshness of racism. When he moved to Kansas City in the 1950s, he experienced a different brand of it. “Here it was more covert,” Shockley says. In the … More Past Housing Discrimination Contributed To Wealth Gap Between Blacks and Whites In Kansas City

Family of Ryan Stokes still searches for justice, five years after Kansas City police killed him

Ryan Stokes spent the night he died with friends in Kansas City’s Power and Light entertainment district. After being accused of stealing a cellphone, Stokes and a friend became the targets of a foot chase that ended when police shot and killed Stokes, who was 24 years old. Accounts of what happened that night, five … More Family of Ryan Stokes still searches for justice, five years after Kansas City police killed him

The Hidden Visible: Women Of Color In Kansas City

One out of five Americans is a woman of color. So, why are their perspectives often overlooked, even in conversations about race and gender? KCUR’s Michelle Tyrene Johnson hosts an unfiltered, wide-ranging discussion about life in Kansas City for women of color. Check out the full show Guests: Diane Burkholder Celia Ruiz Calderon Kori Carew … More The Hidden Visible: Women Of Color In Kansas City

25 Years After Designation, Westside Kansas City Residents Remain Proud Of Avenida Cesar Chavez

This spring marks 25 years since 23rd Street in the Westside neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri, was named after civil rights leader Cesar Chavez. The efforts the community went through echo the current attempt by a coalition of black leaders to rename Paseo Boulevard after Martin Luther King Jr. A petition drive, backed by Democratic U.S. … More 25 Years After Designation, Westside Kansas City Residents Remain Proud Of Avenida Cesar Chavez

Reaction or Riot? Kansas City, Fifty Years After The Slaying Of Martin Luther King Jr.

On April 9, 1968, five days after the killing of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., civil unrest in response to long-standing racial tension broke out in Kansas City. But what really happened 50 years ago? Last week, KCUR hosted the panel “Reaction or Riot?: Understanding 1968 in Kansas City” for community members to share their … More Reaction or Riot? Kansas City, Fifty Years After The Slaying Of Martin Luther King Jr.

Strawberry Hill Neighborhood Reflects Demographic Shifts In Kansas City, Kansas

The next U.S. census will happen in 2020, and it promises to reveal shifting demographics and changing communities. One neighborhood to watch is Strawberry Hill, a vibrant Kansas City, Kansas community that has long been home to immigrants from around the globe. Strawberry Hill is just south of downtown Kansas City, Kansas. Early residents hailed … More Strawberry Hill Neighborhood Reflects Demographic Shifts In Kansas City, Kansas

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

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