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Seg. 1: Should KCK Voters Renew Public Safety Tax? Seg. 2: The Women Who Ingregrated U.S. Schools.

Warren K. Leffler
United States Library of Congress
Rachel Devlin's 'A Girl Stands at the Door' tells of the lesser-known young women of color who were at the forefront of the movement to integrate American education.

Segment 1: Kansas City, Kansas, Public Safety and Neighborhood Infrastructure Sales Tax up for renewal.

A three-eighth-cent sales tax that passed with 70 percent of the vote in 2010 has collected more than $50 million devoted to public safety and neighborhood projects in Wyandotte County. This August, voters there get to decide if the sales tax has been worth the money. The levy is set to expire in 2020 unless it is approved for renewal. Today, we discussed the projects that the tax has benefitted and if it's still the best option for the Unified Government.

Segment 2, starting at 23:01: Girls and young women pioneered the grassroots movement to desegregate American schools. 

Before Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka became the landmark case credited for desegregating U.S. education, young black women and girls first took to courtrooms to fight for integrated schools. We learned stories of the activists who laid the groundwork for the 1954 Supreme Court ruling, including Ada Lois Sipuel, the first black woman to apply to a white graduate school, and the Kansas City Call's Lucile Bluford, who fought for admission to the University of Missouri's journalism graduate school.

Rachel Devlin will discuss her book 'A Girl Stands at the Door' at 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, July 18 at the Central Exchange Downtown, 1020 Central St., Suite 100, Kansas City, Missouri 64105, and at 6:30 p.m. the same day at Kansas City Public Library's Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., Kansas City, Missouri 64112. For more information, go to CentralExchange.com and KCLibrary.org.

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