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The Golden Arches in Black Kansas City

Crysta Henthorne, KCUR 89-3
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Images Courtesy Of UMKC Libraries And Southern California Edison Photographs And Negatives, Huntington Digital Library
Kansas City community organizer Lee Bohannon speaks at City Hall on April 9, 1968 — the day of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral. Behind him is an original McDonald's hamburger stand.

A 1975 protest at a McDonald’s restaurant in Kansas City emerged from years of escalating tension — between Black community members and their city, and between McDonald’s and the neighborhoods it occupied. But this particular location was also one of the first Black-owned fast-food franchises in the country, an accomplishment born from its own struggle for inclusion.

This episode of A People's History of Kansas City was reported, produced and mixed by Mackenzie Martin with editing by Gabe Rosenberg and Suzanne Hogan.

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