Posts Tagged ‘Kansas City’

Immigrants We Get the Job Done February 2, 2017 No Comments

At a recent Women’s March in Kansas City, at Washington Square Park, I saw a woman holding a sign saying “Immigrants We Get the Job Done.” I have found this to be true, especially ever since I graduated from the University of Kansas in political science and started my professional life working in refugee resettlement [...]

Garrison School Cultural Center holds fall open house November 7, 2016 No Comments

Dr. Cecelia Robinson will be busy for the next few days as she dons her historian hat and works at finalizing gallery spaces in the Garrison School Cultural Center. Robinson is the historian for the Clay County African American Legacy Inc., but her love of history — and Clay County’s in particular — is a passion to which she has devoted more than 30 years of her time and energy.
Her efforts and those of some William Jewell College students and a few others will be on display Wednesday, Nov. 9, at a fall open house tour that begins at 6 p.m.

Nedra Bonds: The angry quilter September 25, 2016 No Comments

I recently visited the Quindaro neighborhood, along the Missouri River, in Kansas City, Kansas, USA with a friend. We paid silent homage to the folk who saved part of the historic village from being turned into a landfill. Read more, much more, in this BBC story, Nedra Bonds: The angry quilter. Nedra Bonds explains what motivated her to turn the family tradition of quilting into a platform for political protest.

L’élaboration de stratégies efficaces April 25, 2016 No Comments

Les prix A. Philip Randolph ont été distribués le 15 avril 2016, au Centre du patrimoine culturel Bruce R. Watkins à Kansas City, USA. Lors de la cérémonie de remise des prix, Patricia Jones, présidente de la section de Kansas City de l’Institut A. Philip Randolph, a partagé des histoires de ce pionnier de l’organisation des travailleurs. Dans les années 1920 et 1930, Randolph a aidé à organiser les porteurs et les femmes de ménage travaillant sur les wagons Pullman de chemins de fer de l’Amérique et a créé le premier syndicat dirigé par les afro-américains. Plusieurs des prix cette année ont été faites aux églises dans la région de Kansas City qui ont fourni des espaces de réunion pour les travailleurs et organisateurs du mouvement ouvrier.

Crafting Effective Strategies No Comments

The A. Philip Randolph awards were distributed on April 15, 2016, at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center and Museum in Kansas City. In the 1920s and 1930s, Randolph helped organize America’s porters and maids working on the Pullman railroad cars and created the first African-American-led labor union. Many Pullman maids and wives, daughters, and sisters of Pullman porters were members of the Ladies Auxiliary which shaped “public debates over black manhood and unionization, setting political agendas for the black community, and crafting effective strategies to win racial and economic justice.”

Violence in Ferguson didn’t have to happen August 17, 2014 No Comments

FERGUSON, MO. The Rev. Tommie Pierson was meeting in his church a week ago Saturday when, only blocks away, multiple bullets fired from a Ferguson police officer’s pistol pierced the body of Michael Brown, leaving the unarmed African-American teen dead on the street.

In This I Believe: Greetings July 28, 2014 No Comments

A cashier at a café at Johnson Country Community College (Kansas, USA), where I spend a few hours most days these days, inspired me to share something I read earlier this year by a friend of a friend. The cashier explained how some people, while they order and pay for their breakfast or lunch or snack with him, chat on their cellphones and toss debit or credit cards at him, never making eye contact or otherwise acknowledging him as a person. An essay by a friend of a friend on the importance of greetings came to mind, and I thought I’d share it. Here goes…

Living through a tragedy April 20, 2014 No Comments

Three persons lost their lives outside a Jewish Community Center in the Kansas City area one week ago, as a result of hate crimes, which we deplore. Our thoughts go out to their loved ones. The article below, from the Johnson Country Community College newspaper by a young journalist that found himself at the Center near the time of the tragedy, attests to hope and humanity, and the power of youth.

The art of provocation: Kansas City artist A. Bitterman takes a fresh look at old problems March 17, 2014 No Comments

Lately, Bitterman has been spending a lot of time thinking about Troost Avenue [in Kansas City] and all the failed efforts to overcome the inequities of black and white, east and west. “We see Troost as a problem, but it’s a symptom of a problem,” he said. He asked himself, What if the city was segregated, but it was me? That question is the basis for a film in progress, “Half Life.” As he writes in his synopsis: “Haunted by a city that seems permanently divided, the artist wakes up on a bus to find himself transformed — half black, half white — a personification of the city itself. An existential crisis unfolds.”

Turn the Page reading initiative gets national recognition January 31, 2014 No Comments

Turn the Page KC, an effort to improve third-grade reading proficiency in Kansas City schools, has received some national recognition.
The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading has named Turn the Page one of its “35 Pacesetters for 2013.”