Mamie Hughes – Champion Of Kansas City

December 22, 2008

She’s a true champion of the community by Steve Penn of the Kansas City Star (Saturday August 19, 2006)   

She fought for those displaced by construction of Bruce R. Watkins Drive. She helped stabilize the historic 18th and Vine Jazz District at a critical juncture. Indeed, Mamie Hughes has worked in many roles to make Kansas City a better place to live. That’s why I was glad to be on hand when she was honored by the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education as the center’s 2006 Community Champion. The reception held recently at the opening of the exhibit “Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936.” From 1986 to 2001, Hughes served as ombudsman for the Bruce Watkins free way project. She’s been a Jackson County legislator as well as a founding member of the Central Exchange. Hughes currently serves as president of the board of directors of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. And she serves on the board of governors for the Midwest Center  for Holocaust Education. In her typically modest fashion, Hughes deflected attention from her and onto the exhibit, which remains open until Dec. 9. “It really is a great honor, and I’m humbled,” Hughes said. “I wake up every morning hoping there’s another day’s worth work waiting on me.  I see this exhibit as a wonderful opportunity to continue this education for the young, the old and all the diversity that we talk about.”

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