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Book Signing at Barnes & Noble

Saturday February 15, 2014
Barnes & Noble
Country Club Plaza
420 W 47th Street, Kansas City, MO 64112
4:00 p.m.

Come listen to Steve Penn, former KC Star columnist, discuss the riveting story of Pete O'Neal, a former KC Chapter Black Panthers leader and village elder in Africa. Don't miss this important part of KC and US History!

Case For A Pardon Book Presentation

November 4, 2013
University of Kansas
Alderson Auditorium in the KU Union
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

The event will feature former Kansas City Star columnist Steve Penn as he joins U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver II for a discussion of Penn’s new book Case for a Pardon: The Pete O’Neal Story.  The event will be sponsored by the Black Student Union (BSU) and co-sponsors. In 1970 Kansas City Black Panther leader O’Neal - facing a four-year jail sentence after his conviction on a weapons charge - fled to Africa. In his more than four decades of exile in Tanzania, O’Neal has become a force for progress. He is founder of the United African Alliance Community Center, which provides the community with free art, music, film and educational opportunities.

Cleaver is a cousin of O’Neal.

A Case for a Pardon – Steve Penn ’80 to Discuss his
Book about KC Black Panther Leader Pete O'Neal

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
McAllister Board Room
Ferrell Academic Center
Benedictine College
7:00 p.m.

Following a conviction during a controversial gun trial in 1970, Pete O’Neal, the leader of the Kansas City Chapter of the Black Panther Party, fled the United States.  He wound up in Tanzania, a country without an extradition treaty with the U.S.  He is still a wanted fugitive today.

Steve Penn, a 1980 graduate of Benedictine College and former award-winning columnist for The Kansas City Star, has written a book about O’Neal that tells the story from 1970 on.  And it turns out to be the story of a community leader, a man who started a children’s home and founded a non-profit school.  Penn will talk about the book, Case for a Pardon, during a presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7:00 p.m. in the McAllister Boardroom, located on the fourth floor of the Ferrell Academic Center on the Benedictine College campus.  His presentation, sponsored by the Department of Journalism & Mass Communications, is free and open to the public. Read more.

Steve Penn speaks on his new book,
"Case For A Pardon: The Pete O'Neal Story"

Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013
All Souls Unitarian Church
10:00 a.m.

Pete O'Neal, the leader of the Kansas City Chapter of the Black Panthers spoke at an All Souls forum on May 25, 1969 on "Why Revolution." A short time later, O'Neal was targeted by the FBI and charged with transporting a weapon across state lines. O'Neal has now been in exile for 43 years in Tanzania. Steve Penn, the author of "Case For A Pardon: the Pete O'Neal Story," is a former columnist for the Kansas City Star.

The church is located at 4501 Walnut St., Kansas City, Mo., one block east of 45th and Main St. 816-531-2131. The event is free and open to the public.

The Pete O'Neal Story

Sunday, September 22, 2013
KCK Public Library - Main Library
2:00 p.m.

Senator David Haley will lead a discussion of Steve Penn's book on the former KC Black Panthers leader, followed by a showing of the documentary Mama C - Urban Warrior in the African Bush.

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Thursday, March 9, 2013
Kansas City, MO -

Noted former local newspaper columnist, Steve Penn's new book "Case For A Pardon - The Story of Pete O'Neal", will be the subject of an author talk and book signing event hosted by the Black Archives of Mid-America (1722 E. 17th Terrace in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District) on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 3pm. According to Penn, there have been several documentaries based on O'Neal's extraordinary life, but "Case For A Pardon" is the first work that explains his entire story.

"I first reported on Pete O'Neal in 1987 and since that time I have followed and written extensively on his journey from a fiery militant leader of the Kansas City Chapter of the Black Panther Party through his transition in life to a responsible village elder and owner of a thriving children's home in Africa", states Penn, adding "This book is a culmination of the personal quest I've taken to learn about and share more of Pete's incredible and inspiring life story with Kansas City and the world".

The March 23rd Black Archives event will feature Penn in conversation with Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, who wrote the book's foreword and is O'Neal's third cousin. Regarding O'Neal, Cleaver wrote "The new caste system in America created an angry, but largely-peaceful black man. I proudly claim Pete as a relative, whose courage helped create the America we know today".

For more information regarding the author talk and book signing, contact Black Archives Executive Director, Doretha Williams at 816-221-1600 or go online to www.caseforeapardon.com.

For author interview opportunities or additional information, contact Carrie Stapleton, Phillips-West Public Relations & Communications at 816-419-2877.

Black Archives of Mid-America
Presents A Community Conversation & Book Signing

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