Sunday, June 25, 2017

Black History Month

Linda Brown

Linda Brown is the leading figure in the landmark “Brown vs. Board of Education” case, which led to the outlawing of segregation in schools. As a third grader, Brown had to walk a mile to get to school due to racial segregation. Yet, there was an all-white school much closer …

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Lenette Woodard

Lenette Woodard is considered one of the greatest basketball players, male or female, of all time. Born in Wichita, Woodard played for the University of Kansas from 1978 to 1981. She averaged 26 points a game and became a 4-time All-American. She then played ball overseas before becoming a member …

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Ann Clarke

It’s one of the most remarkable stories involving the Underground Railroad in Kansas. After Ann Clarke escaped from her Lecompton owner, she hid on a farm in Topeka, but was unfortunately discovered by slavery sympathizers to be taken captive again. While the captors waited for Ann’s owner to collect her …

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Brandon Quintin Adams

Brandon Quintin Adams was born in Topeka in 1979. Adams is best known for playing Kenny in The Sandlot, playing Jesse in the first two Mighty Ducks movies, and playing “Baby Bad” in Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker video.

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Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae is a singer and actress known for her genre-bending music, and innovative style. The 31-year-old entertainer was born in Kansas City, Kansas and has addressed her KCK and African-American roots with songs such as “Ghetto Woman” which addresses the difficulties of being a black, working class women in …

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