Do One Good Thing

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Meet the Voices behind UNITE KC

 

Unite KC Executive Team

Dayton Moore    

Melvin Cole

Jimmy Dodd

Aimee Minnich

John Brooks

Jeremiah Enna

Pam Harris

Unite KC Staff

Ray Jarrett

Executive Director

Brad Clark

Independent Consultant

Shannon Benton

Administration / Communications

 

Support for Unite KC

Lynne Beaver

Executive Director, Brandmeyer Family Foundation

Brenda Calvin

Culture and Inclusion Officer, Health Forward Foundation

Connie Hougland

National Christian Foundation

Jan Kreamer

Former CEO, Kaufmann Foundation

  • We believe that true societal change starts with a transformation of the heart and that personal transformation begins with one small step.  Take a look at these first small steps below that anybody can take.  For more detailed action options in a specific area of interest.

 

  • Form New Relationships – get to know someone from a different background. This act is central to the work of this movement.
          • Gather in your home with a family of a different race and / or culture.
          • Form or join a guided small group study in your home to explore issues of race.
          • Parents should seek out settings in which their children can play and interact with children from a different race and-or culture.
          • Take a Sunday morning to attend a Kansas City church of a different race and cultural expression.
          • Volunteer your time to serve the underprivileged, particularly children, by participating in a reading program.

    Financial – invest some cash.

          • Contribute to organizations and ministries that fight racial inequality.
          • Make a conscious effort to shop at Black owned businesses in your community.
          • Financially support Underground, an annual presentation of the Underground Railroad at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
          • Commit to purchasing educational supplies for schools that incorporate Black history and characters. Purchase Black history flashcards, children’s books featuring Black children, Black puppets, etc.
          • Contribute to the college fund of a Black teenager.
          • Support Equal Justice Initiative (led by Bryan Stevenson) as they seek to exonerate innocent Black men and women facing execution on death row.

    Education – become more informed.

          • Commit to taking a historical tour examining the roots of systemic racism in Kansas City. For example, understanding the history of Loose Park. Compare The Battle of Westport and Nichols Restrictive Covenants and how they are so radically juxtaposed.
          • Commit to attending the annual performance of Underground (Kauffman Center – April 30 and May 1, 2021)
          • Plan a trip to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis TN and Freedom Hall and The King Center in Atlanta GA.
          • Find and read materials about United States history that include topics on:
            • The history of the Gospel driving the Abolition Movement before the USA was founded
            • The Three-Fifths Compromise
            • Juneteenth
            • Jim Crow laws / Segregation
            • Tulsa / Greenwood – Black Wall Street race massacre in 1921
            • Desegregation 1954 (Brown vs. Topeka BOE)
            • Murder of Emmett Till in 1955
            • Redlining
            • 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing in 1963
            • Civil Rights Act of 1964
            • Voting Rights Act 1965
            • Memphis Sanitation Strike in 1968
          • Read a book:
            • Oneness Embraced: Reconciliation, The Kingdom and How We are Stronger Together by Tony Evans
            • Articles of Race and Racism by Tim Keller
            • The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby and watch the companion The Color of Compromise on Amazon Prime.
            • Dear White Christian – What Every White Christian Needs to Know About How Black Christians See, Think and Experience Racism in America by Aaron Layton
            • White Awake: An Honest Look at What it Means to be White by Daniel Hill