"The Time is Always Right To Do What is Right!"
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City announces and mourns the passing of our long-time Board member and community leader Taylor Fields, Esq. He transitioned from this life late Wednesday evening, July 28th, 2021.
Our thought's and prayers are with the Fields Family.
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SCLC-GKC, as a member of the Urban Council, also comprised of Urban League, NBUF-KC, NAACP-KC and Urban Summit, calls for the
Department of Justice to conduct
a civil rights investigation into the KCPD!
THE INAUGURAL HANGING OF
THE NEW DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. BLVD STREET SIGNS
took place last Saturday, June 5th with SCLC and other celebrants in the broad coalition, at the intersection of
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and The Paseo.
We marked this historic victory as a sign of peace and justice in our City and community.
The "21 Days of Peace" initiative will kick off this Sunday, June 13th and is purposed to call our community to a cease fire and beseech us to seek non-violent pathways for conflict resolution.
Please stay tuned for more information about this important initiative and how you can be a part of bringing our community to a cease fire!
FRIDAY, JUNE 4TH - 6PM
SCLC marched and protested against the continued racism and police brutality afflicted upon Kansas Citians by the KCPD.
We will continue to stand in a non-violent direct action protest with victims of police brutality and Friday Night Protest leaders. We continue our years long fight for justice, "real" reform, the dismissal of the Chief of Police, and an end to the killing of unarmed Black men in Kansas City.
The SCLC-GKC stands in full support of Bishop Frank Douglas and Family and for justice and accountability for their son Cameron Douglas. Cameron was shot multiple times and killed approximately two years ago. The Douglas family reports to us that barriers are being presented to them in the process of receiving justice. These barriers are causing Bishop Douglas and his family compounded grief and heartache. We are demanding the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office Proceed with the trial without delay. Let us stand with them!"
SCLC-GKC received from the Office of the Mayor to participate in a proposed meeting which was to focus upon ensuring order in the community in anticipation of the Chauvin verdict. As you will discover in your reading of this statement, we rejected this meeting because participating in such a proposed meeting would compromise our efforts to continue demanding the reforms necessary to halt the killing and brutality of our people here in Kansas City by the KCPD.
Furthermore, participating in such a meeting along with the KCPD Chief and other clergy who were also invited by the Mayor, and who are aligned in support of the Chief and the racism/police brutality currently the norm, would have sent a harmful message to the constituencies for whom we are defending and fighting.
These were decisions made based upon the enduring SCLC mission and vision. Our pre-existing and bedrock principles of loyalty and solidarity with the victims of Civil Rights violations and police brutality, as always, has guided us.
Long live the dream, and the fulfillment, of justice, peace, and the beloved community!
On behalf of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City (SCLC-GKC) and the Kansas City for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd National Coalition, this note comes to thank you for your enduring support and commitment in helping make a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd a reality here in KCMO.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021, the KCMO Parks Board Commissioners approved the resolution to rename the Blue Parkway/Swope Parkway/Volker Blvd corridor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd. This long awaited, anticipated victory would not have occurred had it not been for your support and dedication to make this historic success possible.
SCLC-GKC is honored to have partnered with so many justice seeking, peace making individuals and groups to help make this victory a reality.
Thank you for the invaluable support and contribution you and your organizations made to this historic victory in Kansas City and to the ongoing work of SCLC-GKC.
Long live the dream, and the fulfillment, of justice, peace, and the beloved community!
The Things That Make For
A Resurrection of Hope
SPECIAL THANK YOU TO ALL SPONSORS & SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS
SPECIAL THANK YOU TO ALL
LISTEN NOW TO HOST
DR. HOWARD WHO SPEAKS WITH MR. HENRY PULLIAM
(FATHER OF BRYSON PULLIAM)
The 180th Person Killed in KC During 2020
SCLC-GKC Denounces Threats & Acts of Violence Aimed at U.S. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II
SCLC-GKC denounces any and all threats or acts of violence aimed at U.S. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II or his colleagues. Efforts toward peace, justice & good will cannot be killed or murdered. Our work and our prayers remain for justice, peace, and safety.
2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Mass Virtual Celebration!
The SCLC-GKC MLK Mass Virtual Celebration
The Mass Celebration this year featured U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver II, D-5th MO who led a panel discussion with three influential and high-profile Congressional leaders who hail from congressional districts representing voters which turned the nation in the November election. We honored persons in the Kansas City community who,
in the spirit of Dr. King, have made significant contributions towards the continued advance of justice work!
We invite you to view the recordings of the
SCLC-GKC 2021 MLK Mass Virtual Celebration
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A New Moral Vision for KC
"Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble." - The Late Rep. John Lewis
The SCLC-GKC MLK Virtual Interfaith Service
SCLC-GKC continued its legacy of moral and faith-based leadership in Civil Rights via non-violent, direct action, social change by sponsoring another signature event which is its annual MLK Interfaith Service!
Thank you to our guest speakers:
The Reverend Traci Blackmon
from St. Louis, MO,
and local faith pioneer and leader Rabbi Michael Zedek for delivering powerful prophetic words for a time such as this!
Congratulations to this years
2021 Evelyn Wasserstrom Award Winners!
SCLC-GKC Mountain Movers
A YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULT DIVISION
To learn more about the Taylor Fields Esq.
Dream Keepers Scholarship or to
Join Mountain Movers
(SCLC-GKC's Youth and Young Adult Division)
to all who participated in
the peaceful protest at
MARCH ON KC!
We continue to demand change!
Commemorating the 57th Anniversary of the March on Washington
To all who worked so diligently to earn this WIN to EXPAND MEDICAID!
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City stands with the Indian Mound Neighborhood Association,
the editorial board of the Kansas City Star,
and others in calling for Chief Rick Smith's resignation.
Southern Christian Leadership Conference
of Greater Kansas City
will fight with all of those who have a legitimate claim of racism and
MEET KEVIN WOOLFOLK
DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP ENGAGEMENT & ACTIVISM
Director of Membership Engagement & Activism
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City is proud to introduce
Mr. Kevin Woolfolk as Director of Membership Engagement and Activism.
Mr. Woolfolk is a Missouri native who has spent decades in St. Louis and Kansas City fighting for the rights of the marginalized and oppressed within society. During his work with SCLC-GKC over the last year he has proven diligent and effective in helping to mobilize and organize coalitions, provide execution of strategic plans, analysis of membership data and processes, co-hosting our weekly broadcast, and supporting protests and advocacy on the ground. SCLC-GKC welcomes Kevin to the team and to our broader work to advance justice, peace, equity, and the beloved community.
Important information from Third District Councilwoman Melissa Robinson regarding Covid-19
For information regarding Covid-19 Testing Contact:
TMC at 816-404-CARE (2273)
Swope Health at 816-474-4920
Samuel Rodgers at 816-923-5800
Dr. Vernon Percy Howard Jr., President of SCLC-GKC, served as one of five panelists (Rhonda LeValdo, Haskell Indian Nations University, Media Communications faculty; Lama Matthew, Lobpön Palden Gocha, Spiritual Director of the Rime Buddhist Center; and Rabbi Moti Rieber, director of Kansas Interfaith Action, representing the Jewish faith community) who participated in a virtual forum "Faiths’ Call for Climate Action" hosted by The Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council to share faith perspectives on responding to our climate crisis based on the knowledge that climate change is a threat to the existence of all of humanity and requires immediate action from people of all faiths.
KC 4 DR MLK JR BLVD National Coalition invites you to participate and support our continued efforts for peace, safety, economic development, beautification, and unity.
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ON PROPOSED J.C. NICHOLS PARKWAY
NAME CHANGE TO DR. KING
If you would like more information about this topic,
please contact Rev. Dr. Vernon P. Howard, Jr. at
816-547-0719, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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2020 SCLC-GKC MLK Celebration
SCLC-GKC Board Meeting
2021 MLK CELEBRATION
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
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2020 MLK EVENTS
Rev. Nelson Fuzzy Thompson
SCLC-GKC President's Prophetic Voice, Activism, and Organizing!
We congratulate our president for leading the mobilization efforts in our March and Rally for Peace and Justice in April. We congratulate Dr. Howard for being selected among 51 "Missouri Influencers" by the KC Star newspaper.
Dr. Howard will be helping frame and shape the public conversation around various issues, including economic justice, in articles and commentary in that publication starting now and leading up to the November election. Look for Dr. Howard's prophetic voice in the Star's "Missouri Influencer" series.