June 30, 2012

Curtis McClinton Sr. remembered as desgregation leader, first black state senator

Curtis R. McClinton, the first African-American elected to the Kansas Senate, began to change the segregation situation after he was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 1956. He introduced public-accommodation laws calling for equal treatment for individuals, regardless of race, religion or national origin, that predated the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964. Mr. McClinton died Wednesday in Wichita. He was 99.

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