september, 2021

29sep12:30 pm1:30 pmTough Conversations on Race and HistoryJournal Live Event

Map of the state of Kansas marked with where racist violence took place in red

Event Details

Tough Conversations on Race and History

Wednesday, September 29 | 12:30 – 1:15 PM CDT
A livestream event (Facebook and YouTube | no registration)

In the years spanning 1861 and 1927, at least 67 of 105 Kansas counties recorded at least one act of racist violence. Those past incidents, in places such as Hays, diverge from the established narrative of the state’s free state origins.

In the Summer edition of The Journal, David Condos of the Kansas News Service explored the challenges Kansans face in discussing and trying to make sense of such incidents and racism in general. He found that Kansans hoping to spur discussion about the state’s history of racist violence often find themselves standing alone. Some of their neighbors say no good can come from revisiting history.

But some still use their voices to chart a path toward acknowledgment and even reconciliation. Join Journal managing editor Chris Green and a panel of experts for a discussion about the state’s history, what it means today and the benefits, liabilities and consequences of talking about it.

The panel features:

  • David Condos, Kansas News Service
  • Demetrius and Nuchelle Chance, former Kansas residents
  • Pastor Robert Johnson, Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Wichita
  • Dr. James Leiker, professor of history at Johnson County Community College

Read the full Journal story related to this discussion online.

For more information on The Journal, visit klcjournal.com. The print edition featuring the story about the rural emergency hospital model can be purchased at the Kansas Leadership Center’s online store.


(Wednesday) 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


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