The Job: Doreen Maronde

Doreen Maronde has a passion for jazz. And it didn’t stop when she left her job at Johnson County Community College. As a volunteer, Maronde continues to program two jazz


Artist to Watch: Elroy Hawkins

It’s sad when Kansas City loses a talented performer to a larger market. It’s gratifying when we get one back. Elroy Hawkins (stage name L Roi Hawkins) has returned to the area after 20 years away, appearing in The Black Repertory Theatre Company’s 2017 productions of “Stickfly” and “A Soldier’s Story,” and in the Unicorn’s March 2018 “Informed Consent.”

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Kansas City Artist Michael Toombs Spearheads New Brown v. Board of Education Mural in Topeka

Housed in the former Monroe Elementary School in Topeka, the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site commemorates the landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision outlawing segregation in the nation’s public-school system. Now, a dynamic new mural across the street from the school brings a new generation’s perspective on the decision, which found that school segregation violated the 14th Amendment guaranteeing equal protection of the laws.

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