Kansas City

Alvin Sykes Interview - 06/29/2015

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.

Dora Munyon Interview - 06/24/2015

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.

Sue Thompson interview - 07/08/2015

Sue Thompson was born in Merriam, Kansas and moved to Kansas City, Kansas after she married her husband, Chuck. They raised two boys together and Sue spent many years volunteering for the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library, the Bar Association Auxiliary as well as other Wyandotte County organizations. After the tragic death of her husband, she returned to Johnson County to care for her father.

Cathy Betz interview - 02/24/2015

Cathy Betz was born in Grundy County, MO and has lived in Liberty, MO for the past 25 years. She has a Master's degree in Library and Information Services and a Specialist degree in Education Administration. She taught 37 years in Kansas City area public schools districts including Kearney, Liberty and Raytown, where she was a teacher, library media specialist, and district library coordinator. Cathy is currently working in a public library setting.

Gail "Randy" Randall Thompson, Jr.- Interview 4/6/14

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.