Alvin Sykes has lived in Kansas City, Kansas, Kansas City, Missouri, Topeka, and Omaha, Nebraska. He is well know for his work as a human rights activist, and his search for justice based on the truth. He has conducted legal research in the several high profile cases most notably those of Steve Harvey and Emmett Till. Mr Sykes played a crucial role in getting the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act signed into law.
Childhood and family
Dora Munyon experienced many difficulties in her early life. Family troubles resulted in a separation from her siblings and placement in an orphanage. After unsuccessful marriages and issues with alcoholism, she eventually met and married the love of her life. She also became a foster grandparent working with Kansas City, Kansas 5th graders which she found very fulfilling. She credits her faith for carrying her through the difficult times and would like to write a book about her life some day.
Karen Baiers was born in Watervliet, Michigan. She grew up on the farm, then moved to Kansas City in 1968 after graduating from Michigan State University.
Lynn Wild is a Wild Senior Outreach Librarian that grew up in Nebraska.
Gail "Randy" Randall Thompson, Jr. was born in Bakersfield, CA. At the age of two, his family moved to Kansas City, MO where his folks bought at house South of Waldo at 97th and Warnall. He attended Boone Elementary School and then Center Junior High School. His family later moved to the Westbook neighborhood of Overland Park, KS where he attended and graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School. This interview covers the schools he attended, neighborhoods he lived in, his memory of the JFK assasination, and his first job.