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Seg. 1: Diversity & Housing Cost In Raytown, Overland Park. Seg. 2: Truman's Civil Rights Awakening.

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Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University
World War II veteran Sgt. Isaac Woodward, shown here with his mother five months after being beaten and blinded by a South Carolina policeman, was subject to that treatment after failing to address a bus driver as "sir."

Segment 1: Municipal lawmakers from both sides of the state line discuss the hurdles facing their cities.

In a metropolitan area like Kansas City, different cities often find themselves dealing with similar issues at around the same time. Today, we learned about a few examples of this. Raytown, Missouri, finds itself dealing with issues of inclusivity, tied to growing diversity there, and transparency, a state audit will soon looka t allegations of financial mismanagement. Diversity and inclusion is a big issue in Overland Park, Kansas, too, as is a lack of affordable housing.

Segment 2: beginning at 21:15: The beating and blinding of a World War II veteran that set the civil rights movement in motion.

On Feb. 12, 1946, Sgt. Isaac Woodard, an African American veteran, was removed from a Greyhound bus in Batesburg, South Carolina, after he challenged the driver’s disrespectful treatment of him. Woodard, in uniform, was arrested by the local police chief and beaten and blinded while in custody. The incident caught the attention of President Harry Truman, who initiated the first presidential commission on civil rights. Today, we learned how the episode helped change the course of American history.

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.