WICHITA, Kan-- 1967 was a time when racial tension dominated the discussion in Wichita. Housing, jobs, even the selection of cheerleaders had the city on edge.
Violent clashes happened outside Wichita East High School. Black students at East were upset that all 12 cheerleader finalists were white. When East's principal added a black finalist nearly 200 white students boycotted classes. Fights broke out near the school. "People that have been in slavery for 300 years and economic slavery for at least 75 eventually, like a steam boiler, have to blow off some time or another," said Wichita City Commission member A. Price Woodard.