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Dr. King's Civil Disobedience Legacy | Kansas City's Black Businesses

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Carlos Moreno
A crowd protests at J.C. Nichols Fountain in Kansas City, Missouri on May 30, 2020.

What today's young activists think of Dr. King's methods for advancing social justice, and the circumstances holding back Kansas City's Black entrepreneurs.

Segment 1, beginning at 5:06: Leaders of Kansas City's social justice movement assess the value of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s strategies in their work today.

Protest marches and boycott's were among the methods used by Dr. King to advance the cause of Black people but violence never was. In these days of Black Lives Matter, we asked if the reverend's approach still works or if more is required.

Segment 2, beginning at 34:23: Kansas City non-profit issues report on Black businesses.

A Black person wanting to start a business in this town or a Black business owner trying to expand or just keep a company up and running will face obstacles that others do not. The Generating Income for Tomorrow organization has been issuing grants to help and prepared a report based on the recipients of those grants.

  • Brandon Calloway, executive director, Generating Income for Tomorrow (G.I.F.T)
Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.