Civil Rights Act Turns 50

Remembering the day ‘everything changed’

When President Johnson signed the landmark legislation outlawing discrimination based on race, Irene Marcus and her husband and a group of close friends seized the opportunity to build the American Dream in the form of sprawling ranch houses in a new development south of where blacks had previously been allowed to live.

Civil Rights Act Turns 50

Making a difference on Quindaro Boulevard

Gary Wilson opened Wilson’s Pizza and Grill in Kansas City, Kan., because no pizza chain would deliver to the neighborhood. Despite tax incentives and new infrastructure flowing to the western part of Wyandotte County, Wilson is committed to staying put and serving his urban community.

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