National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: January 27, 2013

National Archives at Kansas City

Fifty Years of Civil Rights: The Movement that Changed the World Panel Discussion at the National Archives

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City, (MO)… On Thursday, February 20 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives at Kansas City, in partnership with the Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group, will host a panel discussion titled Fifty Years of Civil Rights: The Movement that Changed the World. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the program.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was intended to outlaw major forms of discrimination against racial, ethnic, national and religious minorities, and women. It ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and by facilities that served the general public, also known as "public accommodations." The United States Congress asserted its authority to legislate under several different parts of the United States Constitution, principally its power to regulate interstate commerce under Article One (section 8), its duty to guarantee all citizens equal protection of the laws under the Fourteenth Amendment, and its duty to protect voting rights under the Fifteenth Amendment. The Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 2, 1964, at the White House.

This panel will provide the public an opportunity to meet a group of local Kansas City community activists who lived through segregation, broke barriers, and helped to create equal opportunities for blacks in Kansas City and other cities across the country. The public will hear their stories of triumphs and challenges during a turbulent time in American history. Panel participants include: Shirley Bolden, Lee Bohannon, Willie Dove, Elvis Gibson, Edith Haney Galvin, Irene Marcus, and Richard Tolbert. Opening remarks will be provided by Dennis Robinson, president of the Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group. The moderator will be Anita Russell, president of the Kansas City chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Local jazz legend Mary Moore will perform an a cappella opening of a Civil Rights-era song as a part of the program.

To make a reservation for this free program call 816-268-8010 or email

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 15 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

GKCBHSG is currently organizing to become an affiliate branch of The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the founders of Black History Month. The 2014 ASALH Black History Month Theme is: Civil Rights in America. For more information on ASALH visit

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