Reaction or Riot? Kansas City, Fifty Years After The Slaying Of Martin Luther King Jr.
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