Robinson, Genevieve

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Two part interview with Rosalie Strada about her life and experience as part of the Italian-American community in Columbus Park. She discusses her parents' and siblings' immigration from Italy, and recalls a warm, sharing community that she believes no longer exists, and notes that though the neighborhood was predominantly Italian-American, they had Black, Jewish, and Mexican neighbors. She also recalls the Great Depression, Pendergast, and World War II eras, working in the garment industry, the business environment on Independenve Avenue, the integration of later immigrants to the neighborhood, the trauma of her father's death, and her son, former Chiefs player John Strada.

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Three part interview with Dr. Samuel Rodgers about his life and experience as a Black obstetrician/gynecologist in Kansas City. He discusses segregation and desegregration of patients and staff in area hospitals, his pursuit of community health facilities, engagement with the Black Panthers, the increase in homelessness due to cuts in mental health funding, and other funding issues for local health care entities.

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Interview with Geneva Migrone about her life as part of an Italian-American family in the Columbus Park neighborhood. She recalls Black and Jewish neighbors, holidays, life in the neighborhood, and working outside the home after having several children. She discusses her family and members of the community enjoying the Don Bosco Community Center, recalls New Deal relief including WPA jobs, and notes the influx of Vietnamese immigrants in the 1970s and '80s.

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Interview with Arthur Brand about the history of the Jewish community and his family in the Kansas City area. He describes that he and his extended family came to Kansas City from New York City in June 1928, starting Brand and Puritz garment company, and the development and decline of Kansas City's garment industry from the 1930s through the 1970s. He also discusses at length the evolution of the Jewish community from its beginning in the urban core to its eventual shift south Kansas City and later to Johnson County; issues such as assimilation and intermarriage; and the development of institutions including Menorah Hospital, the Jewish Federation of Kansas City, Jewish Vocational Services, and Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy, named for his father; and his involvement with a Judaic Studies program at University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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Interview with Judge Howard Sachs about his life, work, and experience as part of the Kansas City Jewish community. He discusses his legal education and evolution on racial issues, He calls cases dealing with the desegregation of the Swope Park and Parade Park pools, the integration of the Kansas City Bar Association, his experience with the Urban League, and working to enact desegregation laws in Kansas City prior to the passage of the Civil Rights Act. He also discusses the support for civil rights issues from area rabbis, his work on the Kansas City School District desegregation committee, and his support for the Equal Rights Amendment.

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