Strugglers Hill is a neighborhood in Kansas City, KS with the borders of 13th and 10th Streets (west and east) and State Ave. and Walker (south and north). Founded in the early 1920′s, the neighborhood was home to many African-Americans that went on to prominence in politics, business, philanthropy and art.
With funding provided by the Kansas Humanities Council as part of its 150th anniversary of Kansas initiative, I have produced and directed a documentary short subject about Strugglers Hill featuring interviews with former and current residents.
Not included in the documentary short subject film (‘Strugglers Hill: A People, A Community’), the video is an excerpt from an interview with Senator David Haley (D), 4th District, Kansas.
Sen. Haley’s uncle, Alex Haley, wrote the novel “Roots” and “The Autobiography of Malcolm X.” Sen. Haley discusses the Kansas City, Kansas educational system.
Maggie Walker, a lifelong resident of Strugglers Hill describes her experience growing up in the neighborhood and one aspect of “it takes a village to raise a child.”