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KC's Face Of Civil Rights


Kansas City Civil Rights leader Leon Jordan is famous for his unsolved murder, but his work to empower the black community in politics is also part of that story.

In the first part of Wednesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Robert Farnsworth, the author of a new biography about Jordan, and Mike McGraw, a journalist who investigated the 43-year-old cold case homicide for The Kansas City Star.  

HEAR MORE: Robert Farnsworth talks about the life of Leon Jordan on Sunday January 20 at 2 p.m. at the Kansas City Library Central Branch, 14 W. 10th Street, Kansas City, Mo. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Dr. Robert M. Farnsworth is a professor emeritus of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Mike McGraw is a reporter at The Kansas City Star.


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When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.