Do One Good Thing

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Meet the Voices behind UNITE KC

 

Unite KC Board of Directors

Dayton Moore – Chairman of the Board

John Brooks

Melvin Cole

Jimmy Dodd

Jeremiah Enna

Pam Harris

Aimee Minnich

Unite KC Staff

Ray Jarrett

Executive Director

Brad Clark

Independent Consultant 

Shannon Benton

Communications Director

Share Your Story!

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 the next steps listed below for suggestions. Anyone can start by doing One Good Thing.   

 

  • Relational – Get to know someone with a different background. This act is central to the work of this movement.
          • Host dinner (or a series of dinners) in your home with a family of a different ethnicity and/or culture.
          • Download the “Go Underground Discussion Guide” and form or join a guided small group study to explore issues of race and unity.
          • Embrace opportunities for children to play and interact with children of a different ethnicity and/or culture.
          • Take a Sunday morning to attend a local church of a predominately different ethinicity or cultural expression.
          • Mentor a young student in an underserved school or neighborhood.
          • Spend time volunteering with a local nonprofit.

  • Download your FREE Go Underground Discussion Guide here!
    • Educational – Dive deeper into the history of racism and its and effects racism in Kansas City and the United States.

            • Download the VoiceMap app and take the “Dividing Lines” tour to learn more about the history of racism in Kansas City.
            • Research the history of Loose Park.
            • Read about The Battle of Westport and Nichols Restrictive Covenants and compare how they are so radically juxtaposed.
            • Annually attend a performance of Underground at the Kauffman Center.
            • Plan a trip to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN or 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
  • Financial – Financially support efforts to unite Kansas City and to help provide equal opportunities for all.
          • 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.
          • Support the ongoing work of Unite KC.