A Passion for Purpose: Building Cities for our Children

Sly James, Sean Wheelock
Sly James – in his final days as Kansas City’s mayor – joins co-author Sean Wheelock in launching his new autobiography A Passion for Purpose. It looks back on a life that took James from his upbringing in a segregated working-class neighborhood to military service in the Marines, a groundbreaking legal career, and ultimately the 29th floor of City Hall.
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Reception: 
6 pm
Program: 
6:30 pm
Event Audio
He has been the face of Kansas City for eight years. Now, as Sly James completes his second and mandatory final term as mayor, he looks back on a life that took him from his upbringing in a segregated working-class neighborhood to military service in the Marines, a groundbreaking legal career, and ultimately the 29th floor of City Hall.

Launching his new autobiography, A Passion for Purpose, the 67-year-old James sits down with co-author Sean Wheelock to discuss his career and the life experiences that have shaped his values and views—including his fierce advocacy for children’s literacy and education. He leaves office as a strong believer in the efficiency of city government and advocate for implementing its politics to the state and federal levels.

Royals Senior Vice President and General Manager Dayton Moore offers introductory remarks.

 

***PLAZA BRANCH PARKING ADVISORY***

This summer, the property on which the Plaza Branch is located will be undergoing repairs to public parking areas.  From July 8 through early August, 2019, the Main Street entrance to the parking lot and garage will be closed Alternate parking is available via the garage entrance on 49th Street. Learn more about how to plan your visit to the Plaza Branch while these repairs are underway .

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