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Remembering Leon Jordan's 'Legacy Of Leadership' In Kansas City

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Orchid and Leon Jordan in his office in Monrovia, Liberia, where Leon organized and led the police force there from 1947-1952.

Before he was assassinated, Leon Jordan played a critical role in the establishment of Freedom Inc., and Black political power in Kansas City and the Missouri Capitol.

A new documentary is honoring the man who paved the way for Black politicians in Kansas City.

Emiel Cleaver's documentary "Leon Jordan: Legacy of Leadership" will air live at 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 15, on KSHB.com, and the 41 Action News Facebook Page and YouTube channel.

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