Created Equal in Kansas

Ordinary people do extraordinary things. Case in point: the Americans who participated in the civil rights movement. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, here are some stories and events related to the civil rights movement in Kansas.

Created Equal

march_on_washingtonKHC will offer Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, a series of four film screenings and discussions in Wichita and Kansas City featuring civil rights documentaries produced with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The events will take place at The Kansas African American Museum in Wichita in fall 2013 and the Kansas City Kansas Public Library in spring 2014. KHC is one of 12 organizations in Kansas to be awarded the Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle film sets. Click here for event details.

Memories of the March

“We held hands and rocked. This was a benchmark of my life.” In 1963, Bob Miller participated in the March on Washington. In 2007, he and his wife Shirley shared his story at the StoryCorps booth in Baldwin City sponsored by KHC and Kansas Public Radio.

Kansas Plays a Key Role

For over 40 years, KHC has supported grant projects exploring Kansas’ role in the civil rights movement. Click here for a list of KHC-supported civil rights grant projects. Does your Kansas community have a civil rights story? Consider a KHC Humanities or Heritage grant. The fall grants deadline is September 25th. The deadline for draft proposals is August 28th. Contact Murl Riedel, director of grants, at murl(at)kansashumanities.org for more information.

Don’t Forget

Commemorations in honor of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington are underway in Kansas and across the nation. On August 28th at 2:00 PM CST, you can join KHC in the worldwide movement to “Let Freedom Ring.” The Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site is also hosting an event in honor of the March on Washington’s 50th anniversary. Click here for details.