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Carmaletta Williams, Speaker

Executive Director of the Black Archives of Mid-America

Free Did Not Mean Welcome

Millions of African Americans walked away from the South after Emancipation looking for freedom. For some it meant a journey to Kansas, believing “free state” meant free of racial discrimination. Discover how many realized that for Black people in Kansas “free” did not necessarily mean “welcome.”

Contact Carmaletta directly about speaking at your event:
Grandview, MO

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