$7

Against the Tide: Desegregation of Swope Park Pool

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District (KCM@HGD

800 Broadway

Kansas City, MO 64105

View Map

Refund Policy

Refund Policy

No Refunds

Event description

Description

Geri Sanders’ (Geraldlyn) lecture will focus on Swope Park Pool and how the actions of a few effectively desegregated the pool in 1954. In addition, the civil rights of African Americans will be examined from the period of enslavement until the present and the impact of the movement today.

Bio

Since 2006, Geri Sanders (Geraldlyn) has been an adjunct faculty member at Metropolitan Community Colleges—Penn Valley Campus, teaching African American History and U.S. History. She retired after 20 years in the president’s office at the Kansas City Art Institute. After retiring, Geri has kept herself busy, first as the archivist at the Black Archives of Mid-America and now as an independent historical consultant working on diverse projects such as the Community Remembrance Project through the Legacy Museum, founded by Bryan Stevenson in Alabama.

Geri’s primary area of focus has been Sarah Rector, a member of the Creek Nation who received an allotment of land and subsequently, millions from leasing her land. Geri is planning to write a biography on Ms. Rector and to date has completed the first three chapters of that book.

Also, as an avid genealogist, Geri focuses on women’s labor as it relates to her own personal family with “The Whitehead Women: Three Generations of African American Women, Their Work and Their Lives in New South Alabama, 1870-1920” which she presented at the Alabama Historical Association in Montgomery in 2005. In addition, she has self-published family history narratives for both her maternal and paternal family branches and lectures on how to start a family tree using oral history.

A graduate of the University of Missouri at Kansas City, Geri holds both a bachelor’s and master’s in history, as well as a minor in African American studies. When she is not golfing, she likes to cook and taste soul food, and Geri’s sweet pies are the best in the Midwest.

Share with friends

Date and Time

Location

Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District (KCM@HGD

800 Broadway

Kansas City, MO 64105

View Map

Refund Policy

No Refunds

Save This Event

Event Saved