TOPEKA LIBRARY -- Local lawyer, historian and writer Leon Graves explains former Kansas Governor Arthur Capper’s contributions to civil rights at Arthur Capper: Civil Rights Pioneer, July 14th at 7:00pm in the Topeka Room 204.
Kansans will get their fill of interesting, local facts from a tumultuous era in America’s history. The discussion will center on Capper’s life and his contributions to the cause of equal rights and racial justice during the first half of the 20th century.
“Local history has ties to significant fights for civil rights,” Charity Rouse, Special Collections Librarian, said. “Arthur Capper is part of that story. This program commemorates his legacy and the legacy of this community in the Civil Rights Movement.”
Capper (1865-1951) was a local publishing icon, Kansas Governor from 1915-1919 and served as a United States Senator representing Kansas from 1919-1949. Throughout his life he was a champion of many causes including children with disabilities and civil rights. He was also the first president of the Topeka chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Artifacts from Capper’s life and publishing career are on display outside the Topeka Room on the second floor. Those who want more information about the program should call the Topeka Room at 785-580-4510.