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Brownback scheduled to attend black history event in Wichita

Gov. Sam Brownback is expected to attend “Reflections and Reconciliation,” a black history event scheduled for Feb. 15 in Wichita.

The event includes a panel discussion exploring the gains and losses in race relations. It is sponsored by the Kansas African American Museum and the Kansas African American Affairs and Commission. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Wichita State University’s Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th.

The event is free and open to the public.

For the past year, the museum has been involved in a “Don’t Forget Dockum” campaign, which is about one of the nation’s first successful lunch counter sit-in. It occurred in Wichita during the summer of 1958 at the Dockum Drugs store, where the Ambassador Hotel now sits at Douglas and Broadway.

The sit-in currently isn’t featured in the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Wichitans hope that when the new museum of African American History and Culture opens in the fall of 2015, the Dockum sit-in will receive its long overdue recognition, according to a news release from Mark McCormick, the Kansas African American Museum’s director.

Tickets to a private event held that same day at 4 p.m. at the Kansas African American Museum, 601 N. Water, are still available. For more information, call 316-262-7651 or e-mail mark.mccormick@tkaamuseum.org for more information.

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