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City hosts 3rd Annual Civil Rights/Fair Housing Summit

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Civil Rights Division of the Human Relations Department will hold its Third Annual Civil Rights/Fair Housing Summit, “Civil Rights in the Age of Obama,” on Friday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The summit will be held at the City’s Southeast Community Center, 4201 E. 63rd St.

The event, held annually in April to commemorate Fair Housing Month,

will feature two keynote speakers: Rev. C. T. Vivian, one of the living leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, and Barbara Arnwine, executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law.

Following the speakers, three mini-workshops will be held. The first will reveal results of the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing study, which focused on housing in the metropolitan area. The second will provide an update on employment discrimination law, and the third will present the latest developments on the rights of ex-offenders, with a focus on the Food Stamp Bill and expungement for non-violent offenders.

Lunch will be provided at no cost, but preregistration is required.

The summit is free and open to the public. To register, call 816-513-1812, or register online at

About the keynote speakers:

Among other civil rights accomplishments, Rev. C.T. Vivian, a Baptist minister, founded the Nashville Christian Leadership Conference; helped end segregated lunch counters in Peoria, Ill.; organized sit-ins; planned the first civil rights march; rode the first “Freedom Bus” into Jackson, Miss.; and created the educational program, “Vision,” which later became “Upward Bound.”

Barbara Arnwine is internationally known for contributions on critical justice issues, including the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1991. She continues to champion civil rights issues nationally and internationally in the areas of housing, fair lending, community development, employment, voting, education and environmental justice.

Any person with a disability who desires reasonable accommodation to attend this meeting may contact the City’s 311 Action Center at 311 or 816-513-1313, or for TTY, 816-513-1889, or by e-mail at

For media inquiries or more information, please call Mickey Dean at 816-513-1836.


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