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

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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 Nelson-Atkins.org for more information.

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.
The Kansas City region has long been a place where different ways of life collide. I tell the stories of people living and working where race, culture and ethnicity intersect. I examine racial equity and disparity, highlight the area's ethnic groups and communities of color, and invite all of Kansas City to explore meaningful ways to bond with and embrace cultures different from their own. Email me at luke@kcur.org.