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:

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:

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 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:

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



The Kansas City Star, August 27, 2017:

Truthout, June 23, 2018:

KKFI 90.1 Heartland Labor Forum, June 4, 2020, discussion on socialism: (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:



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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



(Libraries can receive free copies of this work; visit to contact the author.)

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



(Schools, organizations, and book clubs can purchase bulk orders at a discount rate; visit to contact the author.)

Hickman Mills Freshman Center

Alta Vista Middle School

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

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