Eight Days in April: Race, Rebellion, and Reconciliation

February 18, 2021 6:00 pm

This is a past event, but you can view a recording of the discussion here.

Join us for a free virtual event, Eight Days in April: Race, Rebellion, and Reconciliation on February 18 from 6:00-7:30pm featuring a panel discussion about the eight days surrounding the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in April 1968 and how the impact of those days continues to shape Kansas City today.

This event is held in conjunction with the exhibit, Eight Days in April: The Story of the 1968 Uprising in Kansas City which draws upon historical materials from UMKC’s LaBudde Special Collections and Marr Sound Archives. The exhibit will be available to view at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center and Museum when it is safe to open to the public and is also available as a digital exhibit. The digital exhibit includes an opportunity for community members to participate in a survey about renaming the 1968 Riot Collection.



Elbert Anderson, Simone Curls, Dee Evans, Jennifer Ingraham, Dr. Anthony LaBat, Sean McCue, Glenn North, Sandy Rodriguez, Lindy Smith, and Dani Wellemeyer assisted with grant writing, event planning and promotion, and provided inspiration and support. 

UMKC Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives, Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center and Museum, and Prospect Business Association are sponsoring this program in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Case dimensions: 5’ long x 30” wide x 9” high sitting atop 3’ legs

Glass exhibit table


The First Floor Gallery is located just inside the main entrance of the Miller Nichols Library.

Wall with exhibit content

Conference Room 325

Located on the Third Floor of Miller Nichols Library. For access, enter the library at the north ground floor entrance or the west first floor entrance. Then take the stairs or the elevator to the third floor..

Map of third floor of Miller Nichols Library