Racism in Kansas City: A Short History | A Conversation with Alumnus Author

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Hall Auditorium
Garrett Griffin

Rockhurst alumni, faculty, staff and students are welcome to join us for a conversation with alumni author and speaker. Garrett S. Griffin, '13, the author of Racism in Kansas City: A Short History, will speak on the origins of the book and troubling current trends in white thought in KC and elsewhere.

His book is a study of Kansas City’s darkest moments—slavery, the border war, the Civil War, bombings of black homes, lynchings, the segregation of neighborhoods and schools, the civil rights struggle, the Black Panther movement, the 1968 race riot, assassinations in the 1970s, the infamous Missouri v. Jenkins U.S. Supreme Court case, and the racial inequities that still plague Kansas City today. Threaded throughout Racism in Kansas City are stories of those who fought ardently against racist policies—and won. Copies will be available for sale and signing at the event.

About Garrett Griffin, '13
Garrett S. Griffin is a political writer, activist, and the author of Racism in Kansas City: A Short History. He was born in Kansas City, studied at Missouri State University, and earned a graduate degree in history education at Rockhurst University. He is currently the communications coordinator at Communities Creating Opportunity (CCO). He formerly worked as a professional writer, as well as a paraprofessional with special needs students in Grandview, where he currently lives. 

Registration is free, but let us know you're coming!

Questions? Contact Katie Bolton at katie.bolton@rockhurst.edu. 

The evening is brought to you in partnership between The Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Alumni Relations.