A History of Segregation in Kansas City

Monday, Apr 16, 2018

Dividing Lines: A History of Segregation in Kansas City

Download the new Dividing Lines app on Android or iOS and journey through the history of segregation in the Kansas City metro, primarily through its real estate. The tour is designed so that you can safely drive through the city at your own pace while hearing stories about each area you travel through.

Nathaniel Bozarth, ethnographer and host of the “Wide Ruled” podcast, narrates this 90-minute drive, bringing in interviews from several area students and notable city figures Sid Willens, Bill Tammeus, Mamie Hughes, and Margaret May.

“Dividing Lines” was created as a part of the Johnson County Library’s “Race Project KC.” The Library’s Civic Engagement Committee and Tanner Colby’s book “Some of My Best Friends are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America” inspired much of the ongoing work of Race Project KC. This tour was made possible by support from Johnson County Library and the Kansas Humanities Council. It was produced by Brainroot Light & Sound. Written by Nathaniel Bozarth and Christopher Cook. The tour features music from Hermon Mehari and KC Jazz LP.

The content of this tour may contain controversial material; such statements are not an expression of library policy.

Get more information and download the app now.

More from Race Project KC:

Our upcoming panel, East is East and West is West on April 19 at 6:30pm, is sold out. You can join in the waiting list, or watch Facebook during the event for a livestream. Thanks to American Public Square for cosponsoring this event, which includes panelists Mayor Sly James, author Tanner Colby, civil rights attorney Authur Benson, Chief Diversity and Professional Development Officer Michelle Wimes, and moderator Steve Kraske of the Kansas City Star and KCUR.

Dividing Lines: A History of Segregation in Kansas City