AMERICAN EXPERIENCE has partnered with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to create a traveling exhibit — a moveable museum of sorts — that tells the story of the 1961 Freedom Rides. A detailed narrative of the Rides is illustrated with vivid archival photos and newspaper clippings that document this pivotal event in the Civil Rights Movement. The exhibit is enhanced by companion audio that allows visitors to hear the poignant eyewitness accounts of the Riders who endured bitter racism and savage beatings, but ultimately changed America forever.
TOPIC 1: E-LATED!
Kansas City voters overwhelming endorsed the earnings tax and it will stay in place for at least five more years.
TOPIC 2: E-P-A AND K-C-K
Unified Government officials vow to fight the proposed move of the E-P-A Regional Office in downtown Kansas City, Kansas to Lenexa. Critics say the move would be costly and would also violate federal guidelines to locate offices in downtown areas when possible.
TOPIC 3: POACHING POLSINELLI?
The Polsinelli-Shughart law firm announced it will drop plans to build a headquarters building at West 46th Terrace on the Country Club Plaza. This follows protracted protests about the proposed location and design. The firm says it is now open to offers from throughout the metro area.
TOPIC 4: APPRENTICE PRESIDENT?
Billionaire and television personality Donald Trump says he’s seriously exploring a run for the GOP presidential nomination. His nascent campaign has focused on the “birther” issue, claims that President Obama is not a citizen of the United States. Trump supporters envision the 2013 inaugural where he applies the popular phrase from his television program and tells Obama “You’re fired.”
Monday, April 25, 2011
Reception 6pm | Program 6:30pm
Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library
Join KCPT and the Kansas City Public library for a special community conversation about the civil rights movement in Kansas City. A panel moderated by Nick Haines will discuss civil rights activism past and present as well as what role individuals and groups have to play in addressing current civil rights issues.
Selected clips from Freedom Riders — a new documentary describing the experiences of 400 black and white Americans that rode buses into the deep South in defiance of Jim Crow laws in 1961—sets the stage for the community conversation.
The event complements the Freedom Riders exhibit on display in the Central Library.
THIS WEEK: Friday, April 8, 2011 @ 7:30 pm
(Rebroadcast Sunday @ 11 am)
A LANDSLIDE VICTORY FOR THE EARNINGS TAX. WE’RE JOINED BY KCMO MAYOR-ELECT, SLY JAMES…
FROM EPA TO BASSPRO, DINOSAURS TO SHARKS….
A week after Kansas City, KS wins the Google lottery, there’s dire news in Wyandotte County KCK as the EPA announces its heading out of downtown KCK and taking its 600 jobs to the greener pastures of Lenexa. Could the Polsinelli law firm be heading to Johnson County too? The firm abruptly shelves plans to build a contentious office tower on the Country Club Plaza. So what’s next? A fast paced high energy review of a slew of metro development projects from bailouts at BassPro in Independence, to dinosaurs and aquariums in Johnson County.
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