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Olivia Williams Is Young, Gifted, Black — And Leaving Kansas City

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Raised in Grandview, Missouri, college student Olivia Williams is not planning on returning to the Kansas City area once she graduates.

Can Kansas City make itself a place where young Black people want to stay?

Grandview native Olivia Williams has her sights set on Atlanta after graduation, because she feels it's more welcoming to young Black women like her. She wrote about it in a blog post for the Kauffman Foundation, and detailed three steps Kansas City needs to take to make itself a place she'll want to stay.

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