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 September 26, 2023

Jill Biden to visit Kansas City to check out the Harry S. Truman Library

On Wednesday, First Lady Jill Biden will visit the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Kansas City. She'll also show up at an event to back President Joe Biden for president in 2024.

The First Lady, who teaches at a community college, will visit the Truman Presidential Library and learn about their initiatives to promote civic literacy in the local area.

The museum is also the location of her meeting with high school educators and students, as one Kansas City publication reported.

The executive director of the Truman Library Institute, Alex Burden, plans to showcase some of the library's programs, such as the White House Decision Center.

The program allows groups to confront some of the difficult decisions Truman made in a replica of the Oval Office, such as whether to drop the nuclear bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

"We are thrilled that she wants to visit the Truman Library and meet with local teachers and students," said Burden.

The group held a symposium in the nation's capital earlier this year to honor Truman's decision to desegregate the military and the federal employees and the positive effect it had on the Civil Rights Movement.

On the first night of the symposium, President Biden delivered the keynote address. He utilized his time to emphasize the significance of diversity programs in the armed forces, which are now being attacked by conservatives in Congress.

Republican Missouri senators Eric Schmitt and Josh Hawley opposed Vice President Joe Biden's choice for chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Air Force General C.Q. Brown, because Brown has expressed support for diversity and inclusion initiatives inside the military.

When the Senate approved Brown in 2020, he became the first African American to hold the position of Air Force chief of staff.

Biden's campaign and the Democratic National Committee have formed a joint fundraising committee called the Biden Victory Fund.
The White House has not said who would be hosting the event or where it will take place.

Democrat Emanuel Cleaver, who represents Kansas City, is happy that the trip's emphasis is on public education and civics. Earlier this year, he sponsored a plan to increase funding for civics and government education in public schools.

Cleaver said, “While I’m disappointed that I will not have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Biden as I work to avoid a senseless government shutdown in Washington, I have no doubt that the people of Kansas City, Independence, and the Truman Library will welcome her with open arms."

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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