SCLC-GKC to Respond to

Claims of Higher Increases in Assessments


Black, Brown, and White

Poor Neighborhoods

Direct Action

Civil Disobedience

Monday, July 29th 9AM

steps of 

Jackson County Courthouse (north side)

415 E 12th St., KCMO


Jesus Christ inaugurated God's beloved community, and the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in our age, requires us to stand on behalf of that community, by standing up for the weak, the vulnerable, the poor, and the disinherited in our midst.


Join with us in a peaceful and faithful plea for mercy and compassion to be demonstrated toward the most vulnerable among us as we ask County officials to act justly in extending the 2019 Assessment Appeal Deadline to September 1 in order that persons in the urban core and beyond might have needed opportunity to protect themselves from home loss, homelessness, and displacement which could result from higher assessments.


Gather peacefully with residents from across the area as we make our appeal:



Jackson County Courthouse (North Side)

415 E. 12th St.

Kansas City, MO



Rev. Dr. Vernon Percy Howard, Jr.

Rev. Dr. Wallace S. Hartsfield II

Rev. Dr. Sam Mann

Bishop Eric Morrison

Rev. Susan McCann

Rev. Nia Chandler 

Rev. John Mc Cann

Rev. Dr. Karla J. Cooper

Rev. Dr. Mark Smith

SCLC-GKC stands with the family of

African American male Ryan Stokes who was shot by a KCPD officer on July 28th, 2013.

Ryan was unarmed, had broken no laws, and posed no threat to anyone the night he was

shot in the back and killed.

The family has suffered now for 6 years with

no resolution and no justice.

Join with us

Sunday, July 28th

3PM - 11PM


Sarah Colman-Livengood Park

5912 Lane Ave.

Raytown, MO

as we stand with them in support and receive updates to this case.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street Renaming Victory Event

Honoring The Coalition

Friday, April 5th, 7 PM

Guest Speaker

Rev. Karla Cooper

The Reverend Karla J. Cooper, the seventh child of eight children of Joel and Kay Cooper, ordained an Itinerant Elder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, currently serving Allen-St John AME Church in Kansas City, after a 14 year pastoral appointment in Lincoln, Nebraska serving the Historical Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church.  She has Dual Standing in the United Church of Christ and served as Chaplain/Coordinator of Service Programs at Doane University for 10 years.  She is currently the Special Assistant in Education and an adjunct professor in the Department of Education and the Master’s of Management program at Doane. She is also adjunct faculty with Nebraska Wesleyan University in the Department of Sociology.  She has served as a consultant /faith organizer for Nebraska with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Project One America, “an unprecedented effort lead by the Human Rights Campaign to advance LGBT equality and justice in Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming.”


She is a graduate of Eden Theological Seminary where she received a Master’s of Divinity and studied abroad as part of a travel seminar to India studying in three seminaries, Gurukul Lutheran Theological Seminary in Chennai; Tamilnadu Theological Seminary and United Theological Seminary in Bangalore.  She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Eden. She is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communication. She is completing her Doctorate in Education (EdD) from Doane University. She has taught courses in service-learning and cultural immersion in India for Doane  University since 2011 and has led various delegations to India annually. She served as visiting lecturer at Kenya Methodist University and pastoral trainer for Bishop Catherine Mutua, presiding Bishop from the Kaaga Synod in Meru, Kenya.

Friday, April 5, 2019, 7PM 

On behalf of SCLC-GKC, I want to congratulate our Board of Directors chaired by Wesley Fields, Esq., staff led by The Rev. Nia Chandler, our courageous Coalition Partners, our dedicated Corporate Partners, and last but not least our grassroot activists and volunteers who have worked so hard to ensure Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd., became a reality. You, we, have made history in Kansas City!





Please receive this invitation to receive your special honor at a ceremony sponsored jointly by the Urban Summit and the Baptist Ministers Union of Greater Kansas City to be held:


Friday, April 5th, 2019, 7PM

Morning Star Baptist Church

2411 E. 27th St. KCMO 64127

Rev. Dr. John Modest Miles, Host

You--our 75-plus strong coalition of justice and peace advocates deserve recognition for your spirit of Kingian activism which made this victory possible.

Please respond confirming your attendance at this very special honoring by emailing me at or by calling 816.547.0719.

-Dr. Vernon Percy Howard, Jr.

Senior Pastor, St. Mark Union Church

President, Southern Christian Leadership Conference-GKC

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 10AM

On Monday, February 25, a Sign Installation Ceremony of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd took place.  For Video Coverage Click on the pictures below.

Dr Howard Speaking at MLK Street Renamin
Pointing ot MLK SIgn.jpg

Thursday, January 24, 2019

On Thursday, January 24, God moved the hearts of eight Kansas City Councilmen and Councilwomen to pass the ordinance renaming Paseo Blvd. to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Thankful for all the grassroots organizations, Faith-based organizations and 51+ clergy that showed up in solidarity, representing the 51 year delay after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. of having a street name in Kansas City named after him! Represents much more than a legacy for Dr. King, but a fervent hope on a thoroughfare inhabited by a people group who often get overlooked!

SCLC-GKC and grassroots coalition marching for justice on April 13th 2018 to change Paseo to MLK 

Mike Shanin talks to Rev. Dr. Vernon Percy Howard, Jr. about the SCLC's push to rename The Paseo in honor of MLK and gets his reaction to the mayor's advisory group recommendations.

This past October, the Coterie Theatre debuted "Becoming Martin," a play written by #ShowMeKC featured artist and critically acclaimed filmmaker Kevin Willmott and directed by Chip Miller. The play, which focuses on the lesser known aspects of Martin Luther King Jr.s’ life, details what went into making him the man he was. Flatland (KCPT's digital magazine for local and regional story telling in and around Kansas City) was lucky enough to be invited to preview a panel discussion with Willmott and Miller, along with Kansas City Mayor Sly James, Community Activist Alvin Brooks and President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City., Rev. Dr. Vernon Percy Howard Jr. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

On Tuesday, November 6, voters of Kansas City had the power to tip the scales for themselves in one of the most important elections of our time. Your vote makes a difference because there is strength in numbers — that strength can make this country a better place for ALL people! 


Greetings "TAKE IT BACK!" 


It has been my pleasure to work with our "Take it Back" visionary leader and SCLC-GKC board member Bishop James D. Tindall, Sr., Urban Summit president Ken Bacchus, communication specialist and prophetic leader Rev. Chaunia Chandler, the entire Urban Summit, and all of our coalition partners, grassroots leaders, organizers, and activists in our TAKE IT BACK!  Voter Education and Mobilization Initiative.


Our work, along with the voter mobilization efforts of many others, had a profound impact on the November 6th election. Voter turnout was record breaking in many cases, and early analysis suggest that engagement matched historically high levels compared to 2008 and 2012 General Election numbers. Our official final numbers for voter turnout will be forthcoming soon.


Please know that your hard work and commitment successfully produced our non-partisan outcomes for engaging the urban core, marginalized communities, the working class, the young, the historically disenfranchised, women, the elderly, poor whites, and people of color in the democratic process. 




We look forward to continued work in the future as the 2019 election schedule holds matchless significance for the direction toward a more just and peaceful Kansas City. We will be in touch.


Forward together,  


Dr. Vernon Percy Howard, Jr.

Southern Christian Leadership Conference

of Greater Kansas City

1101 Euclid Ave.,
Kansas City, MO 64127

Ph: 816.547.0719


Rev. Dr. Vernon Percy Howard, Jr.


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1101 Euclid Ave.,
Kansas City, MO 64127


Rev. Dr. Vernon Percy Howard, Jr. - President

Att. Wesley Fields, Esq. - Board Chairman

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