Civil Rights

Southern cities epicenter of civil rights history, flanked by Topeka and D.C.

BY: - August 2, 2021

Sweep of the U.S. Civil Rights Trail covers prominent landmarks in the South as well as Topeka in the Midwest an D.C. in the Northeast.

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus say farewell at the conclusion of Monday’s memorial ceremony for the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis in the Capitol Rotunda. Lewis, a civil rights icon and fierce advocate of voting rights for African Americans, died July 17. (J. Scott Applewhite/Pool/Getty Images)

House Dems to unveil revamped voting rights bill named for the late John Lewis

BY: - August 1, 2021

WASHINGTON — House Democrats plan this week to unveil a new version of legislation named after the late Georgia civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis that could protect voting rights across the United States. During a Friday news conference, House Democratic Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina said that House Democrats are expected to introduce […]

Lesbian student’s courage prevails over bigotry by Kansas middle school principal and bus driver

BY: - August 1, 2021

TOPEKA — Kristi Gadino didn’t appear to be bothered by the “shockingly profane” language used by middle school students on her bus. An investigator who reviewed video of a Jan. 27 bus ride home from North Lyon County Elementary School wrote in her report that boys and girls could be heard saying “gay-assed motherf***er,” “jerk […]

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran joined with four other Kansas Republican members of Congress to endorse a legal brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of overturning the Roe v. Wade abortion decision of 1973. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas congressional delegation’s five Republicans join effort to overturn Roe v. Wade

BY: - July 30, 2021

Five of six Kansas members of Congress endorse legal brief outlining why U.S. Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade abortion decision.

Klobuchar: Senate Dems ‘very close’ to a deal on revised voting rights bill

BY: - July 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Thursday that lawmakers attempting to negotiate a compromise elections overhaul bill are “very close to an agreement” on legislation, as Democrats struggle to respond to restrictive voting laws passed in Republican-led states. Klobuchar, the chairwoman of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, has been meeting with other Senate […]

Kansas D.A. refuses to prosecute violations of new law that halted voter registration drives

BY: - July 28, 2021

TOPEKA — Douglas County District Attorney Suzanne Valdez says she won’t prosecute anyone under a new state law that caused nonprofits to halt voter registration efforts at the start of July. The legislation’s sweeping reforms include a provision that makes it illegal for individuals to engage in conduct that would cause someone to believe they […]

Critical race theory in Kansas: Anti-American indoctrination? Or political scare tactic?

BY: - July 28, 2021

Sharp disagreement surrounds Kansans' interpretation of critical race theory, which has gained political traction as a campaign issue for 2022.

Kansas racial equity panel calls attention to early childhood, maternal health disparities

BY: - July 26, 2021

TOPEKA — A Kansas racial equity panel report has pinpointed maternal and early childhood health, vaccine equity and Medicaid expansion among areas that could improve racial inequities in health care. Among the specific recommendations in the 2021 interim report from Gov. Laura Kelly’s Commission on Racial Equity and Justice is an extension of Medicaid coverage […]

Former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who also served in the Obama administration's Cabinet, is subject of a new Washburn University and KTWU documentary "Red State/blue Governor: Kansas' Kathleen Sebelius." (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

COVID-19 surge: Unvaccinated frustrate Sebelius, socialist ‘lunacy’ irritates Colyer

BY: - July 21, 2021

Former Democratic Gov. Sebelius ready to restrain unvaccinated, while former GOP Gov. Colyer refers to the notion as "crazy socialist idea."

Haven school board candidate lured into sharing racist ideology with teenage anti-fascists

BY: - July 20, 2021

TOPEKA — Reno County resident Josh Wells describes himself as the leader of a Proud Boys group, promotes an all-white nation state, and peddles false conspiracy theories about the financial plot behind COVID-19 and how police instigated the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The owner of Wells Home Repair is also a candidate […]

‘Our democracy is in peril’: Women risk arrest in voting rights protest in D.C.

BY: - July 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — Diane Howard of Cleveland traveled to the nation’s capital with hundreds of other women to urge Congress to pass an elections overhaul and undo new state laws that restrict voting access. A community activist for half a century, Howard said that this is not the first time she’s seen voting rights under attack. […]


The Chase County Courthouse is a Kansas icon. The jail in its shadow is a disgrace.

BY: - July 18, 2021

If you’ve ever strolled downtown in Cottonwood Falls, you’ll remember the charming courthouse perched on the square at the south end of the brick street. Charming is not a word I use often, but there’s no doubt about it: The Chase County Courthouse is downright charming. With its local limestone walls, red mansard roof and […]