As part of the 60th anniversary of "Brown versus the Topeka Board of Education," the Kansas Humanities Council sponsored a local StoryCorps project last year, to record the memories of area residents. Today, we hear Topeka resident J.B. Bauersfeld interview his former high school principal, Dale Cushinberry.
A state panel has lowered the projection for state tax collections. Officials now predict the state will collect $187 million less in taxes through June 2016 than they had previously expected. Governor Brownback is expected to release an updated budget plan later this week.
Join us for special insights into local history! This panel presentation will be moderated by retired KU American Studies Professor Bill Tuttle, with former players James Barnes, Leonard Monroe, and Verner Newman. The players will share personal stories of playing high school basketball in a separate league. From the 1920's-1950, Lawrence had an all-black high school basketball team called the Promoters. The Promoters' story is an amazing history filled with harsh discrimination and interracial goodwill. This is a rare opportunity to meet team members! Please plan to arrive early. Seating is limited. At the Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St, Lawrence. www.watkinsmuseum.org, 785-841-4109.
Come check out the Barton Theatre Event “Suicide Punchline.” Barton Theatre will co-sponsor, along with the Suicide Prevention Task Force of Central Kansas Partnership, the production of “Suicide Punchline,” performed by Dr. Jennifer Tuder. The 40 minute performance will be followed by a discussion session.
Join us for special insights into local history! This panel presentation will be moderated by retired University of Kansas American Studies Professor Bill Tuttle, with former players James Barnes, Leonard Monroe, and Verner Newman. The players will share personal stories of playing high school basketball in a separate league.
From the 1920s -1950, Lawrence, Kansas, had an all-black high school basketball team called the Promoters. This team won its league championship twice and twice tied for first place. The Promoters had its own pep club, the Red Peppers, and three female cheerleaders. In the highly segregated society of that time it wasn't easy for the Promoters to even exist.
The high school administration did not allow the team to use its basketballs or to practice during the day. In order to play, the team rode the Lawrence Rapid Transit and played teams in Kansas City and other area cities. As the team members traveled they were refused service in restaurants and were forced to eat in the homes of opponent's parents.
That the team managed to exist for nearly thirty years demonstrates the fortitude and creativity of its African American team members as well as the support it received from black and white coaches, the players’ families and the black community. The team succeeded and excelled despite racial discrimination and segregation.
The Promoters' story is an amazing history filled with harsh discrimination and interracial goodwill. The enduring commitment of players and their families provided young black athletes from Lawrence, Kansas, opportunities to shine in the sports world during a difficult time period in American history. When the high school basketball team was integrated in 1950, the Promoters disbanded.