Talk:Racism in Topeka, Kansas

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The history covered by this article is controversial. Many of the people who were involved in TFORT will have differing beliefs about the facts. This article, in this draft, mentions the names of only two of the people who were involved and one of them is deceased. There are many other important participants. However, not all of their names are recalled by this author. In the spirit of Wikipedia, other authors and views are invited to partipate in this project. All that is requested by this author is that all points of view are allowed to be seen by Wikipedia users. Thus, if you make a change, find a way to preserve the spirit and intent of the previous author. The goal of this project is to preserve a small bit of history that represents a very intense time in the lives of many of those involved. Thank you! --Montanean 19:00, 22 May 2004 (UTC)

Doing a quick search for both the full name and the acronym didn't seem to find anything. Do you know of any material on the Internet documenting this organization? Niteowlneils 21:17, 22 May 2004 (UTC)
This article comes from a primary source, namely the author. Extensive searches of the web have uncovered nothing on this topic so this is a Wikipedia exclusive. The only potential secondary source is the clip file at the Topeka Capital Journal ( which, of course, has no web archive of that period. The majority of media coverage of this organization came from the three TV stations in the market -- especially a UHF TV station whose news editor was an African American. The article is written in as neutral a fashion as is possible. --Montanean 20:55, 23 May 2004 (UTC)

Where the heck did this name come from? This is certainly not in keeping with Wikipedia naming conventions. RickK 04:39, 23 May 2004 (UTC)

New, more general, heading replaces topic. If you have other suggestions about how to comply with Wikipedia naming conventions, please share them here. Thank you. --Montanean 20:55, 23 May 2004 (UTC)

This title now has nothing to do with the article. Why not leave it at the original title? RickK 01:46, 24 May 2004 (UTC)

OK ... try this "Racism in Topeka, Kansas." We'll get this right yet. --Montanean 11:30, 24 May 2004 (UTC)

A FAIR OBSERVATION made by some of the above commenters relates to the fact there is only one source for the information above and nothing can be found on the web to corroborate the article. The author now has begun to inquire with the library at the Topeka Capital Journal. They probably have some sort of index for articles that appeared during that period. When dates are pinpointed, the author then can try and secure microfilms for that period. These are available through inter-library loan. The newspaper articles can corroborate the existence of the organization and some of the issues that came to the attentiion of the Capital Journal. --Montanean 00:41, 26 May 2004 (UTC)

Why isn't this article titled "Task Force to Overcome Racism in Topeka"? I don't know what it was called before, but the name is still wrong. Postdlf 15:28, 15 Jul 2004 (UTC)


Well, as a member of the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Topeka at that time (and at present) this isn't TOO far from how I remember things... Saddly, the group petered out due to lack of institutional funding and resources. The active participants got pulled away by the rest of their lives. Joyce Stohr moved out of town, etc. Rick Boatright 18:13, 15 Jul 2004 (UTC)


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