Leon Jordan & The Rise of Black Politics in Kansas City

October 24, 2016 | 5:30PM Reception, 6:00PM Event
Miller Nichols Learning Center, Jeannette Nichols Forum

The UMKC Libraries are partnering with KCUR and the UMKC Friends of the Library to host two moderated panel discussions exploring the life and work of Leon Jordan as well as his impact on current and future black politics in Kansas City.

Leon Jordan was a well-known and highly respected politician and civil rights leader in Kansas City and Missouri. He has often been hailed as one of the most influential African Americans in Kansas City history and, at the time of his death, the state's most powerful black politician.

As a prominent member of Kansas City society, Jordan's infamous murder and the mysteries surrounding it rattled the Kansas City community. But his memory and legacy live on to encourage the continued growth of black social and political leaders in Kansas City and beyond.

Be sure to arrive early or stay after the event to visit the Headlines: Leon Jordan in the Media exhibit on the Ground Floor of the Miller Nichols Library, now through October.

Paid visitor parking is available in the parking lot north of Miller Nichols Library, the surrounding lots, as well as the 5th level of the Cherry Street garage. Meters and pay machines are centrally located in each lot.

This event and exhibit are brought to you as part of the UMKC Friends of the Library portFOLio Series. For more information, contact Nicole Leone at