Educator, writer and former Missouri House Rep. Lloyd Daniel has had a long and noteworthy career. Today he honors Leon Jordan, another African-American Kansas Citian with a storied legacy. Jordan was a police detective, teacher and political leader. In 1955, he bought the Green Duck Tavern on Prospect. He also served for three years in Liberia, helping that country develop a modern police force. Like Daniel, Jordan served in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was assassinated in 1970, outside his tavern. Today at 10 a.m., Daniel celebrates Jordan's legacy, as well as the spirit of hope captured by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, with a reading of poetry and short stories, accompanied by jazz saxophonist William Sanders. The event is at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center at 3700 Blue Parkway. Admission is free. For details, call 816-292-2835.
Sat., Nov. 1, 10 a.m., 2008