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Mark McCormick

Mark McCormick

Mark McCormick is the former executive director of The Kansas African American Museum and a member of the Kansas African American Affairs Commission.

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U.S. President Joe Biden signs the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law in the East Room of the White House on June 17, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Juneteenth holiday marks the end of slavery in the United States. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

This Juneteenth, let’s redefine freedom as parity

By: - June 19, 2022

Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Mark McCormick is the former executive director of The Kansas African American Museum and a member of the Kansas African American Affairs Commission. As we approach our […]

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Some 68 years after Brown v. Board, similar foes continue stubbornly fighting progress

By: - May 15, 2022

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Mark McCormick is the former executive director of The Kansas African American Museum and a member of the Kansas African American Affairs Commission. During a 2014 symposium […]

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The Kansas Fraternal Order of Police, writes Mark McCormick, isn’t accountable to citizens but wields enormous power to shield police officers from punishment for behavior that harms citizens. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

High-profile law enforcement cases spotlight role of Kansas Fraternal Order of Police

By: - April 10, 2022

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Mark McCormick is the former executive director of The Kansas African American Museum and a member of the Kansas African American Affairs Commission. The Kansas Fraternal Order […]

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Kansas Sen. David Haley asks: Why hide our nation’s historical ‘Roots?’

By: - January 24, 2022

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Mark McCormick is the former executive director of The Kansas African American Museum and a member of the Kansas African American Affairs Commission. Forty-five years ago this […]

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Does CRT make white students feel bad? Try being a Black student

By: - January 10, 2022

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Mark McCormick is the former executive director of The Kansas African American Museum and a member of the Kansas African American Affairs Commission. Patrick recalled the horror […]

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Hummingbird made of steel: ‘Newsroom mom’ Jeannie Eblen blazed trails with relentless curiosity

By: - November 23, 2021

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Mark McCormick is the former executive director of The Kansas African American Museum and a member of the Kansas African American Affairs Commission. Jeannie Kyger Eblen […]

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Grievance envy discounts the oppressed while denying them justice

By: - September 20, 2021

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Mark McCormick is the former executive director of The Kansas African American Museum and a member of the Kansas African American Affairs Commission. For decades, people […]

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What the Kansas attorney general needs to know about critical race theory

By: - June 8, 2021

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Mark McCormick is the former executive director of the Kansas African American Museum and a former newspaper columnist. The late historian John Henrik Clarke explained the […]