Covid-19 (Coronovirus) Notifications

A Message from MMN President Keith McIver

TO: Members and Friends of the Minority Men’s Network

We are in uncharted waters as a national and international community with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Several meetings, events and planned activities have either been postponed or cancelled and our educational institutions are among them.  I pray for our country and world.

Out of an abundance of care for the health and safety of our members and the community, the Minority Men’s Network has suspended all future monthly meetings and programmed events until further notice. The MMNEF Scholarship Committee has been meeting virtually and is making alternate plans for awarding our scholarships at each of the Columbia Public Schools to our graduating seniors. We are also in the process of updating our website, Facebook page, and electronic communications to share information and resources that we hope will be helpful to the community during this unprecedented time of stress and adjustment. Please let us know what might be helpful! We are indeed all in this TOGETHER!

One final thought is that our Network leaders have been discussing the disparate impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on communities of color. New York City, Chicago, and St. Louis among large cities have been reporting a disproportionate number of deaths among African-Americans. We do not yet know the statistics for Columbia/Boone County, but we strongly encourage and insist that our local officials pay close attention to this situation as it pertains to Columbia/Boone County. Let’s be proactive about how we can mitigate and “flatten the curve” for our most vulnerable citizens. Meanwhile, STAY HOME if you can and WASH YOUR HANDS!

Yours in Service, Keith McIver – President Minority Men’s Network

Minority Men’s Network and Educational Foundation

The Minority Men’s Network consists of a members’ network of men primarily in Columbia/Boone County who serve as a support group for individuals to provide leadership and to address issues that are vital to the minority community. The primary participants of the Minority Men’s Network are African-American and other “at risk” minority males. Dr. Eliot Battle and Dr. Arvarh Strickland were the “co-conveners” of our organization and like them, we strive to be positive role models who STEP UP to lead and serve our community.

The Minority Men’s Network Educational Foundation provides scholarships annually to African-American students pursuing a post-secondary education. These scholarships are an INVESTMENT in our youth and our future. The Men of the Network believe that EDUCATION is the gateway to better options and greater opportunities. Through mentoring we encourage and support minority youth all along the continuum from early childhood to adulthood and career in pursuing academic excellence.

2019 Ron Marley Memorial Scholarship Recipients with their Families and Minority Men’s Network Members

Minority Men’s Network Educational Foundation THANKS YOU for Your Generosity!

The Minority Men’s Network participated in the CoMoGives Community Giving Campaign as part of our Annual Solicitation. From December 1 through December 31, MMN generous and amazing Community Members contributed almost $950,000 to 138 non-profit organizations participating in CoMoGives! The Minority Men’s Network received a combined total from all sources of more than $6000 during our Annual Solicitation for scholarships given through our MMN Educational Foundation! For this we say THANK YOU to our Members and Friends for your ongoing support!

Although CoMoGives 2019 has ended, you can still support the Educational Foundation. You can always send a check to us at:  PO Box 1839, Columbia, MO 65205-1839. You can also donate anytime on our website at this link:

We value your support of the Minority Men’s Network and as a follow-up to our solicitation activities, all contributors will receive a letter documenting your 2019 contributions to the MMN Educational Foundation, for use in completing your state and federal income tax returns.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for your generosity and your investment in our community and in our youth!


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