Kansas City, Missouri, is internationally recognized as one of the cradles of jazz and nationally known for its barbecue and its sports teams. But late last year, it earned national headlines as the city that waited until 2019 to name a street after the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., only to have voters reverse that decision … More What Kansas City Can Learn From Dakar, Amsterdam And Memphis About Naming Streets For MLK
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
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
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.
On March 14, students Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School walked out of their school and through their Grand Center neighborhood in St. Louis, stopping on the steps of St. Francis Xavier College Church. Among the Cardinal Ritter students who took part in the walkout, were two members of the school’s student council: Deja Brown, 17, is … More ‘We are the voice:’ St. Louis student leaders reflect on 50th anniversary of King assassination