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Interview with activist and community leader Elvis Gibson. Gibson discusses his early life in Texas, his experience in college and the air force, starting a newspaper called the Monarch Register to serve as a voice for the poor in the 1960s, founding the Black United Appeal, and his work with Model Cities and other programs promoting education, employment, and economic security. He also recalls racist encounters and heightened anxiety after the murder of Emmett Till.

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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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