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Conserving Kansas City's Black Artists Online, And Local Lawmakers On Trump's State Of The Union

Luke X. Martin
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At a KCUR event on Tuesday in Kansas City, Missouri Rep. DaRon McGee, left, Kansas Rep. Stephanie Clayton, center, and Emporia State University political science professor Michael Smith discussed Pres. Donald Trump's first State of the Union speech.

While Kansas City has a long tradition of black artists, their work tends to get overlooked, says textiles artist Sonié Joi Thompson-Ruffin. Today, we learn about a community project that's giving these local creatives online posterity. Then, we hear excerpts from a conversation with Democratic Missouri Rep. DaRon McGee, Republican Kansas Rep. Stephanie Clayton, and Michael Smith, chair of Emporia State University's political science department. At a live event hosted by KCUR and Tapcade, the three share their thoughts on Pres. Donald Trump's first State of the Union address.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art will host the second annual Wiki Edit-A-Thon in the Rockhill Room and Spencer Art Reference Library at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 3. Go to for more information.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Luke X. Martin is a reporter focusing on race, culture and ethnicity for KCUR 89.3. Contact him at or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.