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Eight Days in April: Race, Rebellion, and Reconciliation

February 18, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 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.

Please register in advance for this Zoom event. If you have any questions about registration, please contact Dr. Anthony LaBat at or (816) 235-1532 between the hours of 9:00am - 4:30pm.

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.


Dia Wall

Dia Wall (Moderator) Anchor/Reporter, KSHB

Jason Cooley

Jason Cooley Community Initiative Officer for the Chief of Police, Kansas City Police Department

Dr. Delia Gillis

Dr. Delia Gillis Professor of History & Founding Director of The Center for Africana Studies, University of Central Missouri

Don Maxwell

Don Maxwell Revitalize Prospect

Glenn Rice

Glenn Rice Journalist, Kansas City Star

Dr. Susan Wilson

Dr. Susan Wilson Vice Chancellor for Diversity & Inclusion, UMKC


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.

Posted: February 09, 2021