Leon Mercer Jordan - Robert Farnsworth

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Biographer Robert Farnsworth looks at the life, death, and lingering legacy of Leon Jordan, a one-time police officer and educator who founded Freedom, Inc., and became Missouri’s most powerful black politician before being gunned down in an unsolved 1970 assassination.
Missouri Valley Sundays
Sunday, January 20, 2013
2:00pm @ Central Library

Biographer Robert Farnsworth discusses his new eBook about the life, death, and legacy of Leon Jordan, a one-time police officer and educator who founded Freedom, Inc., and became Missouri’s most powerful black politician before being gunned down in a 1970 assassination outside his Kansas City tavern.

Farnsworth is professor emeritus of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has authored biographies of two other noteworthy Kansas Citians: African American poet Melvin B. Tolson and Edgar Snow, the journalist who introduced Mao and modern China to the West.

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