As a public service I thought I'd highlight the top 20 (something) news items in Kansas City's Frances Semler Controversy . . . I'm going to try and post these links and news items chronologically starting with news of her appointment . . . However, a few of the items might skip around.
1. June 11, 2007 - This is the first post I can find regarding news of Frances Semler appointment to the Parks Board. Before this appointment she had worked on Mayor Funkhouser's campaign in the Northland. Previously, her only claim to fame was writing angry letters to the Editor regarding immigration and the Kansas City's Smartport.
A national civil rights organization co-founded by Martin Luther King Jr. is pulling its 2008 national convention from Kansas City to protest decisions by the mayor.
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference thinks Mayor Mark Funkhouser showed racial insensitivity when he appointed a member of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps to the park board and when he tried to oust City Manager Wayne Cauthen, an African-American, without consulting with the City Council.
Local SCLC members also have criticized Funkhouser and his wife, who allegedly called a mayoral aide “Mammy.”
In a news conference this morning, Charles Steele Jr., president and chief executive officer of the SCLC, will announce the decision.
“I am here to raise hell,” Steele said in an interview with The Star after flying into Kansas City Monday afternoon.
He said the SCLC probably would hold its convention, expected to draw more than 2,000 attendees, in New Orleans instead.