Thursday, December 19, 2013

Upcoming Kansas City Conversation: Activist Talks With Library Director Crosby Kemper III



Check out this announcement of an important upcoming conversation @ Kansas City's Public Library . . .

Alvin Sykes Examines a Lifetime Devoted to the Pursuit of Truth In A Public Conversation with Library Director Crosby Kemper III

(Kansas City, Missouri) – Alvin Sykes never attended college. He never graduated from high school.

Yet as a self-taught human rights worker, this Kansas City native – the Kansas City Public Library’s 2013 Scholar in Residence – has served as an effective go-between working with the justice system on behalf of injured parties, particularly minorities and the poor.

Library Director Crosby Kemper III holds A Conversation with Alvin Sykes on Thursday, January 30, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

The event also serves as the public debut of the monograph Pursuit of Truth, about Sykes’ life and work. It was written by Monroe Dodd and published by the Kansas City Public Library.

Sykes has testified before Congress. He has bent the ears of local, state, and national politicians. He was the driving force behind the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act, which empowers the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate long-ago cases of civil rights violations.


He spearheaded an investigation into the 1970 slaying of Kansas City politician and civil rights leader Leon Jordan. Currently he is working on legislation that would eliminate the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse in Missouri.

Sykes has done all this with a minimum of formal education. Instead, he has spent countless hours in public libraries – reading, researching, and using public computers to build his cases. That led to his appointment as the Library’s Scholar in Residence.

Admission to the event is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. Free parking is available in the Library District parking garage at 10th St. & Baltimore. RSVP online or call

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8 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Well Done Mr. Sykes.

Anonymous said...

Don't think comments that are edited won't be replaced. As I said before, this nigger has no education, at either a high school or college level and we're to idolize him? Yeah right, just like the school board president...

Anonymous said...

See, the problem is, nobody gives a shit about your racist comments. Nobody is going to fight for you. You lost. Go home.

Anonymous said...

How the hell can you be a "scholar in residence" without even a basic education? Oh yeah, he's black....That certainly explains it.

Anonymous said...

You think you need a college degree to study? They've got your trained pretty well don't they?

Anonymous said...

Here, we have a thoughtful looking nigger, without an education or background of any kind. Because he looks as though he can manage a cogent thought, we are to honor him somehow. Fuck him, he's just another grifting nigger, taking advantage of the stupidity of humans.

Anonymous said...

It has nothing at all to do with how he looks, but rather how he has lived an unselfish life.

Anonymous said...

Unselfish my ass. Everything this nigger has, was either given to him or obtained through some kind of racial intimidation. That's just how it works and to think differently, is nonsense.