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Field Notes

Field Notes: ‘Charity, like in faith and hope.’

We’ve lost a lot in the pandemic to date. Many Americans have lost their jobs, their health, their loved ones. When the rent came due and her fellow Kansas Citians faced eviction, Diane Charity helped organize tenants to fight from losing their homes, too.

In this Field Notes, Ms. Charity talks about her mother’s influence on her activism, the culture of sharing at Parade Park and why she still fights the good fight.

We talked on March 26, 2021 at Kansas City, Missouri’s Black Archives of Mid-America.

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Mo-Curious

Mo’ Curious #4: The View from Beacon Hill

Mo’ Curious #4 draws on recent oral histories from a trio of long-time Kansas Citians. The episode is a cultural memory of Beacon Hill, an urban neighborhood in transition.

This audio returns Summer 2021.

Something to look forward to, eh?

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Field Notes

Field Notes: ‘Why would I be looking for you?’

This Field Notes post looks at the personal impacts of the coronavirus. Dr. Carmaleta Williams, the director of the Black Archives of Mid-America discusses holding picture parties, interviewing the elders and being the art teacher for a pair of her instantly home-schooled grandsons.

This audio is taken from a phone conversation of April 21, 2020.

Check out more Kansas City Black history by viewing the Beacon Hill oral history project here.