Local civil rights legend Julia Hill and University of Missouri-Kansas City educator Mary Ann Wynkoop will hold a public conversation entitled “A Celebration of Kansas City Women Making History,” Wednesday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m., in the Truman Forum Auditorium, Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library.
Newly retired from the executive board of the local NAACP, Hill will discuss her devotion to social justice as well as her activism during the civil rights movement to the present. In the 1970s, she served as president of the local NAACP, fighting to ensure that the school district and local companies hired and promoted African Americans. Hill was a member of the Kansas City School Board at the height of its desegregation case in the 1980s, and became its president in 1990.
Wynkoop is retired from UMKC, where she was an assistant professor in the Department of History and director of the American Studies Program. She writes and lectures on American studies, women’s history, post-WWII American history, the Civil Rights Movement, and film history.
The event is co-sponsored by the UMKC College of Arts & Sciences Division of Continuing Education and the Kansas City Public Library. Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the 6:30 p.m. event. RSVP online or call (816) 235-6496.