The King of Kings County

Whitney Terrell, Gwen Grant, Emiel Cleaver, Gina Kaufmann
On the 10th anniversary of the publication of his seminal, Kansas City-based novel, UMKC’s Whitney Terrell joins a discussion of its themes of prejudice, greed, and segregation. How much has the city’s racial climate changed in the past decade?
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
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6:30 pm
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Whitney Terrell’s novel, The King of Kings County, remains a landmark examination of white flight and the manipulative, prejudice-laced real estate practices that helped to segregate Kansas City. Selected as a best book of 2005 by the Christian Science Monitor, its inquiry into the economic roots of racial inequality feels even more current today.

On the 10th anniversary of its publication, Terrell—assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City—revisits the issues he explored in the book. Has the city’s racial climate changed in the past decade? If so, how? If not, why? Joining the discussion are Gwen Grant, president and CEO of the Urban League of Kansas City and new Black Archives of Mid-America Manager Emiel Cleaver. Gina Kaufmann, the host of KCUR-FM’s Central Standard, moderates.

Co-sponsored by KCUR.