Where Do We Go From Here? KC's Black-White Divide @ St. Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran, Kansas City [7 December]

Where Do We Go From Here? KC's Black-White Divide

18:30 - 20:00

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St. Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran
3800 Troost Ave, Kansas City, Missouri 64109
Kansas City remains scarred from the wounds of slavery and Jim Crow.

Black Kansas Citians are more likely to be born poor, attend underfunded schools, and struggle with unemployment, under-employment, and low wages. They are more likely to experience violent crime like homicide. There exists a massive wealth and health gap between black and white Kansas Citians; life expectancy for the former is many years lower, and the infant mortality rate is twice as high. Black Kansas Citians are more likely to be pulled over by police, placed under threat of racial profiling, abuse and unnecessary force, and even death.

What can be done to address these and other challenges? Where do we go from here?

Vicki Noteis, Alvin Brooks, Khadijah Hardaway, and Deborah Scott will discuss how Kansas City arrived at this place and what solutions are necessary to overcome present inequality and injustices.

Join us December 7, 2017 from 6:30pm-8pm at St. Mark, 3800 Troost Ave in KCMO.

This event is FREE.

— VICKI NOTEIS is an architect and urban planner, the president of Collins Noteis & Associates, which has long worked on Troost redevelopment. She is a former KCMO assistant city manager and former director of city planning and development.

ALVIN BROOKS is a former KCMO city councilman (mayor pro tem) and former police commissioner. A community leader who has worked for civil rights for half a century, Brooks also founded the Ad Hoc Group Against Crime, which works to prevent violent crime and bring perpetrators to justice.

KHADIJAH HARDAWAY is a Kansas City entrepreneur and the host of «Khadijah and the White Guy,» a popular radio show on KKFI 90.1 that explores issues of race and racism, as well as a myriad of community issues. A social justice activist, she worked with Alvin Sykes on the Emmet Till Justice Campaign.

DEBORAH SCOTT is a political science professor at MCC-Penn Valley. She studied at American University in D.C., joined various political campaigns, and worked for decades in housing and community development and investment here in Kansas City.
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