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An American Dream at Parade Park

David White, KCUR 89.3
Images Courtesy of the Kansas City Public Library and Bek Shackelford-Nwanganga

As Kansas City’s first Black-owned housing co-op, Parade Park helped residents pursue the American Dream of owning a home and building a community. But after 60 years, it’s uncertain if it can survive foreclosure and redevelopment.

Read more about how Parade Park offered Black Kansas City families a path to home ownership from KCUR's Bek Shackelford-Nwanganga.

This episode of A People's History of Kansas City was reported and produced by Bek Shackelford-Nwanganga, with editing by Suzanne Hogan, Barb Shelly and Mackenzie Martin. Sound design and mix by intern Paris Norvell.

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Bek Shackelford-Nwanganga is a freelance reporter for KCUR 89.3.
Every part of the present has been shaped by actions that took place in the past, but too often that context is left out. As a community storyteller taking a new look at local history, I aim to provide that context, clarity, empathy and deeper, nuanced perspectives on how the events and people in the past have shaped our community today. I want to entertain, inform, make you think, expose something new and cultivate a deeper shared human connection about how the passage of time affects us all. Reach me at hogansm@kcur.org.
Paris Rex Norvell is an intern for KCUR Studios.
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