Strife in the Streets: Kansas City Remembers 1968
4801 Main St
Kansas City, MO 64112
Frustrated with the slow pace of civil rights reforms and outraged at the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., protesters in Kansas City took to the streets on April 9, 1968. The four subsequent days of civil unrest shocked many in a city known for its lack of racial violence despite deep, underlying tensions. Six people – all African-Americans – died, some 20 more were hospitalized, and arrests totaled nearly 300. A three-block area of Prospect Avenue was bombed out and burned down.
The Library, in collaboration with KCPT-Kansas City PBS and KSHB-41 Action News, examines the indelible episode and its aftermath in a two-pronged event marking its 50th anniversary. First is the premiere screening of the new documentary short ’68: The Kansas City Race Riots, Then and Now, co-produced by KSHB and KCPT. Then, a panel discussion addresses the lessons learned from the violent chapter of history, from the role of policing to the value of protest. KCPT’s Nick Haines moderates. RSVP at the library’s website.