(Kansas City, Missouri) - Kansas City civil rights activist Alvin Sykes first encountered former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn in 2007, when Coburn was stalling the Sykes-backed Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act.
Sykes sought and got a meeting. The two men talked. And Coburn dropped his opposition, opening the door to the Till Bill's passage in September 2008. He paid tribute to Sykes as a difference-maker on the Senate floor.
Coburn left office at the end of last year. He and Sykes, who educated himself and still does much of his research in local libraries, recall their history and Sykes' lifelong work in a public discussion moderated by Library Director Crosby Kemper III on Thursday, July 23, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. The event is part of the Library's Scholar-in-Residence Lecture Series.
Admission is free. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available in the Library District parking garage at 10th & Baltimore.