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Legislation #: 160459 Introduction Date: 6/16/2016
Type: Special Action Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS WAGNER, REED, LUCAS, TAYLOR, SHIELDS, HALL, JUSTUS, FOWLER, CANADY AND MCMANUS
Title: Honoring “Surviving members of the “colored” musicians unions under the American Federation of Musicians.”

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6/13/2016 Filed by the Clerk's office
6/16/2016 Adopted

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RESOLUTION NO. 160459

Honoring “Surviving members of the “colored” musicians unions under the American Federation of Musicians.”

WHEREAS, at one time in American history, there were segregated facilities, neighborhoods, schools and unions and the American Federation of Musicians acknowledged and helped to nurture musicians though this “deliberate set apart” that was a part of the nation’s laws; and 

WHEREAS, out of this deliberate set apart, arose some of the greatest names in history to which names such as Count Basie, Mary Lou Williams and Charlie Parker all belonged to Local 627, now known as the Mutual Musicians Foundation, a National Historic Landmark located at 1823 Highland Avenue in the historic 18th and Vine District; and

WHEREAS, the American Federation of Musicians, along with the rest of the country, deemed segregation illegal and unjust and desegregated the Union in the 1970’s, those who belonged to the union merged one into the other and the black union was no more; and

WHEREAS, those presented today are some of the remaining musicians who belonged to “colored” musicians unions throughout the United States and have come to Kansas City to remember the heritage, salute Local 627 and be honored at a gala for their contributions to art and culture globally; and

WHEREAS, that the Mutual Musicians Foundation International, Missouri Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Works, Dalmark, the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund (Kansas City) and the Ben Webster Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark, all recognize the importance of preserving their stories for the future and have generously contributed to honoring them here today; NOW, THEREFORE,

  BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

That the Mayor and Council hereby honor and congratulate these special guests and their host the Mutual Musicians Foundation International and the City of Kansas City; and

 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof and that copies hereof be presented to the Mutual Musicians Foundation International and their guests who hail from around the world.

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