Crosthwaite, Minnie L.

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Author: 
Megan Dennis
University of Kansas

“The black schools [in Kansas City] were much better than they had any right to be, partly because they were full of talented teachers who would have been teaching in college had they been white, and partly because Negro parents and children simply refused to be licked by segregation.” Then-reporter Roy Wilkins’s statement about education in the Kansas City area aptly summarizes the unjust obstacles that segregation created for black students, their parents, and educators at the segregated schools of Kansas City. Before the Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v. Board of Education (1954), which declared separate public schools for white and black students to be unequal and unconstitutional, black communities and activists made personal sacrifices in their fight for quality educations; they arguably had to do so afterward, as well. The African American schools that managed to stay open in the Kansas City area during segregation did so despite discriminatory policies that frequently underfunded, closed, and overcrowded schools.

Author: 
David Conrads

Minnie Lee Crosthwaite filled many roles during her 90 years: teacher, wife, mother, business woman, and community leader. She is remembered best as a pioneering social worker at Wheatley-Provident Hospital, a private hospital with African American staff and patients.

Object Type: 
Photographs

Photograph of the Wheatley-Provident Hospital Auxiliary, No. 1 posing outside of the main entrance to the hospital on the western side of Forest Avenue between 18th Street and 19th Street in Kansas City, Missouri. This vantage point faces northwest towards the main entrance. Standing, reading from left to right are: Mesdames James Csborne, Robert Eggleston, J. O. Morrison, Miss Elsie M. Mountain, Mesdames Fred Johnson, H. O. Williams, John Davis, Nellie E. Young, Joe E. Herriford, Sr., Don Rife, M. H. Tompkins, Louis Manuel, C. H. Adkins, Eva M. Fox.

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