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Legislation #: 140721 Introduction Date: 8/28/2014
Type: Special Action Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS BROOKS, SHARP, FORD, TAYLOR, DAVIS, JAMES, JR., REED, CURLS, MARCASON, CIRCO AND WAGNER
Title: Congratulating and acknowledging Sonny Gibson as author of “1865 Kansas City Early Negro History.

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8/28/2014 Filed by the Clerk's office
8/28/2014 Adopted

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RESOLUTION NO. 140721

 

Congratulating and acknowledging Sonny Gibson as author of “1865 Kansas City Early Negro History.

 

WHEREAS, Sonny Gibson has a long standing commitment to cultural accomplishments of Negroes in Kansas City and his life experiences encouraged him to court libraries, archives, used book stores, flea markets, stashes of old magazines, newspapers, and memorabilia; and

 

WHEREAS, Sonny Gibson is the author of 1865 Kansas City Early Negro History and discovered most “Negro” history in regards to Kansas City between two time periods, 1860-1910 and 1910-1960 being scattered in between. Must of the history regarding blacks, in the region would be used to colloquial term “Piece mealed” and in his research he found that valuable Negro history is often unknown, hidden, and virtually unrecorded. There have been times when he felt overwhelmed and felt strongly that the history of “Negros” was as good as lost. This was especially true when having “spotlighted” the cultural and academic success and accomplishments of Negroes in Kansas City, Missouri; and

 

WHEREAS, in his journey as an independent researcher and historian for the past 25 years, he has been exclusively concerned with ensuring that Negro history is known. The Honorable Chester Owens of Kansas City, Kansas was a friend who had given him a letter written by May McLeod Bethune to the late Bishop Gregg. This letter inspired Mr. Gibson to bring additional evidence of the riches in Negro history from the past. These achievements had been unheralded for so long, yet they continue to carry the same powerful message that can raise cultural consciousness of the current generation and set right the history books for generations to come; and

 

WHEREAS, the photographs, handbills, advertisements, newspapers, and other found artifacts “carry their own forced truth” and the accomplishments documented in this book should be recognized and deeply ingrained in our collective consciousness and revealed to everyone; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

That the Mayor and Council hereby congratulate and acknowledge Sonny Gibson as author of “1865 Kansas City Early Negro History;” and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof and that a copy hereof be presented to Sonny Gibson with the appreciation of the Mayor and Council for his outstanding research into the history of Kansas City’s Negro community.

 

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