Nasir Montalvo

Nasir Montalvo of Young Defenders Fellowship


Montalvo is Managing Editor for The Kansas City Defender. They began their work for The Defender pursuing an archival project unearthing Black LGBTQIA2S+ Kansas City history entitled {B/qKC}, supported by a plethora of community partners including the Gay and Lesbian Archives of Mid-America, Vivent Health, BlaqOut, Mid-America LGBT Chamber of Commerce and the University of Kansas.

Montalvo graduated from their alma mater, Stevens Institute of Technology, in May 2021, where they had extensive history as a student organizer–founding their University’s first and only space for marginalized community members, starting a Black writers column in their student newspaper, and leading protest efforts against Gianforte Family Hall (named after racist and anti-trans Governor of Montana, Greg Gianforte).

Montalvo and their work has featured in The Advocate, GLAAD, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, NPR, HelloGiggles, Flatland KC and various other local and national outlets.

Nasir's Latest Articles

55th anniversary of the “Kansas City Race Riots”: An interview with Dr. Anthony LaBat on decolonizing language

April memorializes the 55th Anniversary of what is (commonly referred to as) the Kansas City Race Riots that followed the death of Martin Luther King Jr in 1968. The University of Missouri Kansas City’s LaBudde Special Collections has reworked its 1968 Race Riot Collection information to decolonize its language, but is now looking to possibly rename its collection with the community’s help.

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