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DE&I Speaker Series | Then and Now: Reflections of a Civil Rights Champion

September 30, 2021
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CT

Kansas City Office Managing Partner Jeff Simon talks with Alvin Brooks about the history of race and racism in America. Brooks has personally lived this history for almost 90 years, all the while striving to bring together the black and white communities in Kansas City.   

Among other things, Brooks will discuss the riots which erupted in Kansas City and across the United States following the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and the reform efforts initiated in their aftermath. 

Using Kansas City as one example of the situation in cities around the country, Brooks will discuss the final report of the Mayor’s Commission on Civil Disorder, which was issued in 1968. The Report examined the underlying conditions which fueled the riots and made recommendations on how to address those conditions. Brooks will talk about the progress and ongoing challenges associated with policing, economic opportunity, education, transportation, and housing, all of which were identified as underlying causes of the 1968 riots and also that speak to our current efforts to build better, more inclusive communities.  

Who Should Attend
This program is for Husch Blackwell attorneys, staff and select guests of the firm.

Continuing Education Credit
This program does not qualify for legal education credit.

Questions? Contact Shana Hoy at 816.983.8809.


Jeffrey J. Simon

Office Managing Partner