Coordinated by Johnson County Library, Race Project KCis an annual immersive social justice initiative focused on the history of the United States. It’s designed for students, grades 9 through 12, in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The principal text is Some of My Best Friends are Black - The Strange Story of Integration in America by author Tanner Colby. In this book,the author weaves his personal truths into the history of integration in America since the Civil Rights Movement. Divided into four parts, the book examines the author's own schools in Birmingham, Alabama, neighborhoods in Kansas City, the workplace, and churches. It then ties these observations to the national experience of growing up in a "post-racial" USA. While Some of My Best Friends Are Black is the principal text, other fictional and nonfictional accounts of history are also included. Johnson County Library:
coordinates monthly events September through April for a student cohorts.
hosts an annual multi-school Segregation Bus Tour in April of each year.
schedules individual Segregation Bus Tours for students or educators per our Civic Engagement committee’s availability.