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Seg. 1: A 'Lost Boy Of Sudan' Creates Music In Kansas City. Seg 2: Remembering Ruth Shechter

Segment 1: Refugee of South Sudan performs here in the Metro.

Dominic Leek's home village in South Sudan was raided during the Second Sudanese Civil War. At the age of eight, he escaped Sudan and eventually found refuge in Kansas City. Hear Dominic's story and learn why he uses music to relay messages of peace to his home country.

Segment 2, beginning at 32:17: Memories of a Kansas City civil rights leader.

Ruth Shechter was a leader in Kansas City's fight against redlining and a proponent for fair housing. In light of her recent passing, we look back on how her legacy shaped the Kansas City we know today.

  • Henry Sewing, member of first African-American family to move into Fairway, Kansas
  • Alvin Brooks, friend and colleague of Ruth Shechter
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