Are Changing Attitudes About Beef A Threat To Black Cookouts?

Nicole Jackson came to the first Midwest SoulVeg Fest to get some inspiration on her slow path to being a vegan. She admitted that as a black person who grew up going to events centered on meat, it’s easier said than done. “Sunday dinner after church, the cookouts, the barbeques, where we are just gathered … More Are Changing Attitudes About Beef A Threat To Black Cookouts?

At This Historic Church, Diversity Is A Matter Of Faith

The community around Quindaro Boulevard in Kansas City, Kansas, is mostly black. But Our Lady And St. Rose Catholic Church, at 5th and Quindaro, attracts a diverse mix congregants, often thought of as a rarity at Sunday morning services around the country. “It’s been what our mission statement says, it’s been a faith-filled, diverse, family … More At This Historic Church, Diversity Is A Matter Of Faith

Q&A: Why Latinos Need More Therapists Like Them

Latinos seek help for mental health issues at half the rate of non-Hispanic whites. Yet when they do, as with other people of color in Kansas City, they can have more difficulty finding providers with a similar cultural background. Melanie Arroyo is a licensed counselor and art therapist at the Wyandot Center for Community Behavioral Healthcare. … More Q&A: Why Latinos Need More Therapists Like Them

People Of Color Struggle To Find Therapists In Kansas City

One in five Americans deals with a mental health issue. However for people of color, being a person of color itself takes a toll on mental health. Studies show that discrimination and microagressions can negatively effect the health of blacks, Hispanics, Indigenous people and Asians. All of this is made harder by there being a small … More People Of Color Struggle To Find Therapists In Kansas City

Activist: ‘I’m Ready To Be More Of Who I Am’ About Her Transition

For many in the transgender community, use of their birth name to refer to them after they have transitioned is a no-no, a sign of disrespect. But Merrique Jenson, a transgender woman working in the LGBTQ community, knows she is in a unique situation. She started her transition in October, but she is best known, … More Activist: ‘I’m Ready To Be More Of Who I Am’ About Her Transition

Some Black Kansas City Residents Say Renaming A Street Is Erasing History

Micheal Logan remembers a time when blacks in Kansas City, Missouri, weren’t allowed to go south of 27th Street. So for him, when Paseo Boulevard officially became Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in February, it felt as if the opinions of many black residents had been ignored. “Black people know this, know Paseo more than the average … More Some Black Kansas City Residents Say Renaming A Street Is Erasing History

Annie Watson: From Never Wanting Children To Early Childhood Advocate

Setting children up for academic success is Annie Watson’s driving passion. The Kansas City, Missouri, native is the director of early education and parent success at Turn the Page KC, a non-profit that aims to have all children reading at grade level by third grade. Watson, 31, also helps lead the Parent Leadership Training Institute, … More Annie Watson: From Never Wanting Children To Early Childhood Advocate

An Iconic Black-Owned Grocery In Kansas City Closes

Tony Ross lives in the small town of Peculiar, Missouri, now, but he was shopping at Leon’s Thriftway on East 39th Street days before the grocery business shut its doors for good. Ross was shopping for his mother who lives in a nearby senior living facility. “My mom is devastated. We all devastated,” Ross said. … More An Iconic Black-Owned Grocery In Kansas City Closes

The Role Of Race In The Race For Kansas City Mayor

Eleven candidates in the primary for Kansas City mayor. Two women. Four black. One openly LGBT candidate. Five white men, with two of them named Scott. No candidates who are Latino, Asian or Native American. While the field of candidates isn’t representative of the city’s demographics, that still doesn’t ignore that demographics are an element … More The Role Of Race In The Race For Kansas City Mayor

Black History In Kansas City, Kansas: How Downtown Was Desegregated

Chester Owens Jr. remembers bucking the laws of Jim Crow that said a black man had no right to eat where and when he wanted. In 1952, one of those places was a restaurant at Kresge’s department store on Minnesota Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas. “If I can go to Korea and die, I should … More Black History In Kansas City, Kansas: How Downtown Was Desegregated

Kansas City, Missouri (finally) gets a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

One of Kansas City, Missouri’s major thoroughfares will undergo a significant name change from Paseo Boulevard to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The change, which was one of several options, is more than a year in the making, and Thursday afternoon’s final vote split the city council 8-4. It also could take months for … More Kansas City, Missouri (finally) gets a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

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