On April 9, 1968, five days after the killing of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., civil unrest in response to long-standing racial tension broke out in Kansas City. But what really happened 50 years ago? Last week, KCUR hosted the panel "Reaction or Riot?: Understanding 1968 in Kansas City" for community members to share their own experiences and recollections. Today, we revisited that conversation about the ways our city has — and hasn't — changed in the last half century.
- Alvin Brooks, AdHoc Group Against Crime founder and former commissioner of the Kansas City Police Department
- Rebecca Davis, University of Missouri-Kansas City professor of history
- Micah Kubic, ACLU of Kansas executive director
- Rev. Dr. Vernon Howard, Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City president