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Placing the history of Black Kansas Citians front and center

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Corinthian Nutter
Courtesy of Johnson County Museum
Teacher Corinthian Nutter (above with students) fought to integrate South Park Elementary School in Merriam, Kansas

Kansas City PBS special preserves stories that highlight the legacy of Black history in Kansas City.

Flatland KC reporter Catherine Hoffman turned producer to give more context to a series of Flatland stories showing the historical impact of Black Kansas Citians. From the role of the Black church to lynching to minority veterans, Hoffman highlights "Black excellence, sacrifice, and perseverance."

"Preserving Our Past: Kansas City Stories of Black History" premieres on Kansas City PBS 19-1, Thursday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m.

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