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

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

‘I dream’: St. Louis child hopes the city will do something about vacant properties

Gravois Park has an unlikely advocate for inclusive development in a 12-year-old girl who wants to see the vacant buildings and lots on her block be transformed into safe, liveable places. Deyon Ryan’s passion for the issue is partly influenced by her father DeAndre Brown, who has been vocal on the issue. Ryan wrote about … More ‘I dream’: St. Louis child hopes the city will do something about vacant properties

Signs Of Oregon’s Racist Past Might Be In The Documents Of Homes

Leaders across Oregon have taken great pains in recent years to acknowledge the state’s racist past and dismantle tools of institutional racism in real estate. But the history lingers — maybe even in the documents of your home. Racially restrictive covenants came to prominence in the 1920s. As neighborhoods were created in cities across the country, housing … More Signs Of Oregon’s Racist Past Might Be In The Documents Of Homes

In quest to find affordable home, family lands in once-segregated St. Louis County neighborhood

Michael and Danielle Abril are active members of the Meacham Park Neighborhood Association. They show up at meetings. They volunteer. They help inform others in the community. “Meacham Park is a blessing to us because it allowed us to be relatively close to my work and in a great place, a great community,” Michael Abril … More In quest to find affordable home, family lands in once-segregated St. Louis County neighborhood

St. Louis conference ‘celebrates’ 50 years of Fair Housing Act

Advocates concerned about persistent housing segregation in the region might question why promotional materials for the 2018 Fair Housing Conference use the word “celebrate” in reference to the Fair Housing Act. “The reality is the racial segregation that we see everywhere in this country is the product of very explicit design by the federal state … More St. Louis conference ‘celebrates’ 50 years of Fair Housing Act