Praise and Media


“Now more than ever, we need to have a serious conversation about race. This book is a good place to start.”

~ Charles E. Coulter, author of Take Up the Black Man’s Burden: Kansas City’s African American Communities, 1865-1939

Racism in Kansas City represents an exhaustive body of research that should be ‘must reading’ for anyone exploring African-American history in Kansas City and the region. Griffin has distilled his results into an often enlightening account of the trials endured by black Kansas Citians.”

~ Monroe Dodd, Kansas City historian and author

Racism in Kansas City: A Short History should be mandatory reading beginning with our middle school children and ending with parents and other adults.”

~ Alvin Brooks, from the Foreword

Racism in Kansas City: A Short History is the most important must read book of 2015!!!”

~ Tony, blogger at Tony’s Kansas City



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Tony’s Kansas City, August 3, 2015:

Tony’s Kansas City, September 26, 2015:

The Kansas City Star, October 6, 2015:, reprinted from Ink Magazine’s “30 Under 30” series

Tony’s Kansas City, October 17, 2015:

KKFI 90.1, December 1, 2015:

The Kansas City Star, January 6, 2016:, reprinted from Ink Magazine cover story, January 5, 2016:

Tony’s Kansas City, January 27, 2016:

Hawk Roll Call Newsletter (Rockhurst University), March 21, 2016

Democratic Left Magazine (Democratic Socialists of America), Spring 2016:

CBC News (Canada’s largest network), June 11, 2016:

Teacher 2 Teacher, June 27, 2016:

Missouri Historical Review (State Historical Society of Missouri)July 2016 (p. 309):

“What Lies Beneath Health Equity in KCMO,” KCMO Public Health Connection, November 2016:

Tony’s Kansas City, February 26, 2017:

KKFI 90.1, March 16, 2017:

“Still Separate, Still Not Equal,” KCMO Public Health Connection, August 2017:

The Kansas City Star, November 11, 2018:

Freedom’s Racial Frontier, Herbert Ruffin and Dwayne Mack:

Dart News, November 27, 2018:

Kansas City v. Oakland, Matthew Ehrlich:

’69 Chiefs, Michael MacCambridge:

From Jefferson to Banneker: The Intersection of Race, Demographic Change, and School Naming Practices in Kansas City’s Segregated School System, 1940-1953,” History of Education Quarterly, February 2019,

Op Ed News, September 15, 2019,

SCLC-GKC’s People Power in Motion (KPRT 1590AM and 106.1FM), December 14, 2019

The Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics Vol. 4, Issue 1, 2019:

The Plug, March 5, 2020:

Creating the Suburban School Advantage, John Rury:

The Kansas City Star, June 26, 2020:

KKFI 90.1 Jaws of Justice, August 17, 2020:

The Community Voice, August 20, 2020:

Greenline Grows KC virtual benefit concert, August 28, 2020,

KCUR 89.3, November 19, 2020:

Blurb of praise on back cover, The Kansas City Boys Choir, Ralvell Rogers II:

The Kansas City Star, December 20, 2020:

“Montessori Education in Kansas City, Missouri from 1988-2005,” American Educational History Journal, Fall 2021:

This Place of Promise, Gary Kremer:

Parents Defending Education, February 15, 2022:

KCUR, April 3, 2022:

The Kansas City Star, July 24, 2022: 



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Phantoms of Kansas City Lecture Series, Uptown Arts Bar, December 3, 2015

Community of Reason, UMKC, February 28, 2016

Culturally Responsive Book Club (discussion), Ewing Marion Kauffman School, April 11, 2016

Alta Vista Middle School (co-panelist with Dr. Valerie Blackwell, UMKC), May 26, 2016

Crossroads Church of Kansas City, June 12, 2016

Race Project KC Educator Summit (discussion), Central Resource Library of Johnson County, June 29, 2016

Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley, September 8, 2016

Black Archives of Mid-America – Kansas City, September 29, 2016

Rime Buddhist Center, November 2, 2016

Crosspoint Community Church, February 12, 2017

Prospero’s Books, February 28, 2017

Penn Valley Community College panel discussion (with Alvin Brooks, Tanner Colby, and Deborah Scott), April 20, 2017

Kansas City Oasis, May 14, 2017:

KC Teacher Residency Program, Park University downtown campus, June 15, 2017

Kansas City Oasis, October 8, 2017:

Rockhurst University, February 6, 2018

KC Teacher Residency Program, Park University downtown campus, March 5, 2018

Green Door Book Store & Gift Shoppe (local authors open house), December 14, 2019

Green Door Book Store & Gift Shoppe, July 23, 2020

“Vital Conversations,” a program of the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council, November 11, 2020

“Courageous Conversations,” with the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey and HOK, December 7, 2020:

St. Theresa’s Academy, December 9, 2020

American Institute of Architects KC Pillars Leadership Program, December 16, 2020

3rd Annual Truman Day Continuing Legal Education, May 7, 2021

“White Responsibility: A Conversation on Race & Faith in the Heartland,” with CRES and the Interfaith Center, May 16, 2021:

Hallmark Cards, November 10, 2021

St. Andrew Christian Church, March 6, 2022

Community Christian Church, a program of It’s Time 4 Justice KC, July 23, 2022

Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley, September 15, 2022



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The Kansas City Star, August 27, 2017:

Truthout, June 23, 2018:

Book Authority, “18 Best New Socialism Books to Read in 2020,” number 6, January 2020

KKFI 90.1 Heartland Labor Forum, June 4, 2020: (minute 34:55)

Marion West, May 21, 2020:

Zero Books, August 10, 2020:

Tony’s Kansas City, August 11, 2020:

KKFI 90.1 Radio Active Magazine, September 8, 2020

KC Studio Magazine, September 14, 2020:

Extinction Rebellion KC podcast, October 22, 2020:

Times Literary Supplement, October 23, 2020:

KSHB, October 29, 2020:

The Beacon, October 31, 2020:

KKFI 90.1 Jaws of Justice, December 21, 2020:

Democratic Left, January 11, 2021:

World Socialism, March 2021:

Vital Conversations, a program of the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council, May 12, 2021 (speaking event on socialism)

Kansas City Star, August 22, 2021:;

Kansas City Oasis, August 7, 2022 (speaking event on socialism)

The Missouri Independent, November 1, 2022,



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Kansas City Public Library

Lawrence Public Library

University of Missouri Library System

Mid-Continent Public Library

Johnson County Public Library

Jackson County Historical Society Research Library

Rockhurst University Library

Missouri River Regional Library

Cass County Public Library



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Hickman Mills Freshman Center

Alta Vista Middle School

Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley (Common Read recommended reading, 2016-2017)