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The Minority Men’s Network includes a number of men who have served in one or more branches of the Armed Forces. To those men, we say THANK YOU for your service and for being part of the Minority Men’s Network.

As we commemorate Veterans Day, the Network also says THANK YOU to ALL the men and women in our community who have served in the Armed Forces. We hope your day has been a good one and that we never forget those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.

THANK YOU every day, but especially today Veteran’s Day, from the Minority Men’s Network.


Steve Calloway, President

Minority Men’s Network and Educational Foundation

Join Columbia Parents for Public Schools and the Cradle to Career Alliance for a dialogue on


WHEN: Sept. 26, 2015 9AM to 11 AM *coffee and sign-in at 8:45!

WHERE: The ARC, 1701 W. Ash St. Columbia, MO

Download the guide at:

CPPS and Cradle to Career Dialogue 9.26.2015

Good Afternoon:

I am emailing on behalf of the Mizzou Black Men’s Initiative (MBMI) to extend an invitation to join us for the first “Ndugu” event of the year which takes place on Monday, September 28th, 2015 from 6-7pm in the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center (GOBCC) on the Mizzou campus.  Ndugu is Swahili for Brotherhood and the aim of the event is to strengthen ties amongst Black male undergraduates with graduate students, faculty/staff and community members.  MBMI believes that the development of these relationships is crucial in propelling these young men through their collegiate career.  Research shows that the development of supportive relationships is associated with successful college experiences for Black males.

We believe that your presence and interaction with these students will aid them throughout their collegiate journey.  Please note that business casual dress is required and refreshments will be provided. Parking is available in the GOBCC’s parking lot (CG2) and in the Virginia Ave. Parking structure just south of the GOBCC’s parking lot or the Virginia Ave.  We ask that attendee’s RSVP by Friday, September 25th, 2015 to Jonathan McElderry at

What: Ndugu

Where: Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center (813 Virginia Ave., Columbia, MO 65201)

When: Monday, September 28th, 2015

Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm

We appreciate your continued support of the MBMI program and look forward to seeing you at the event. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  Also, if you know someone that may be interested in attending, please forward this email to them.

P.S. Please forward to other colleagues or friends as you see fit!


Jonathan A. McElderry 

Coordinator, Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center
University of Missouri | 813 Virginia Ave., Columbia, MO 65211| (573) 882-2664 (office) |

The Network continues to provide a “reader” every week at 10:00am for our Reading Program with Nora Stewart Early Learning Center. It’s hard to measure the effects on our children of having MEN, especially BLACK MEN reading to them, but the Network is committed to this project. Dr. Fred Williams III has done a fantastic job of coordinating this work for us and we are soliciting ADDITIONAL men to help us in trying to have an impact on these children. It only takes about 20 minutes, it’s a lot of fun, the kids are great and they really enjoy your being there. We guarantee it will put a smile on your face!

For questions and/or to participate, please e-mail Dr. Williams at:

The Missouri Institute on Minority Aging (MIMA) will conclude their 18th Annual Conference today in Columbia, MO. The theme of this year’s conference is “Brain Health: A Key to Health Aging” and the program featured a variety of speakers and concurrent presentation, as well as social activities for participants. Mr. Sehon Williams is an active member of this group and serves as a lay leader for the Paula J. Carter Center on Minority Health and Aging (PJCCMHA), as well as the planning committee for this annual event. Williams is also a Lincoln alum and engaged member of the Minority Men’s Network in Columbia, MO.

Steve Calloway also participated in the MIMA Conference, speaking on the topic of The Senior Brain: Getting to “Safer” Regarding Medication Use. Calloway is a pharmacist and President of the Minority Men’s Network.

The Paula J. Carter Center on Minority Health and Aging (PJCCMHA) was established in 1997. The PJCCMHA is a multi-ethnic community outreach, education and public policy center administered by Lincoln University Cooperative Extension (LUCE). The primary purpose of the center is to improve the quality of life for Missouri’s aging minority population by reducing disparities and inequities in access to health-related care, literacy and behavior.

Our Mission is to provide leadership in addressing the health, social and psychological needs of Missouri’s 50 and older minorities and the underserved population. This is accomplished through education, research-based information, policy analysis and the use of technology as strategic tools.

Gerontology – Minority Health and Aging Missouri ranks seventh in the nation in the percentage of older adults comprising the total population, according to the 1990 Missouri Census. In addition, research shows that older minorities have poorer standards of living and less access to professional health care than their white counterparts. As such, PJCCMHA was created in conjunction with several state agencies to

  • provide education, training and research information on minority health and aging;
  • provide technical assistance on minority aging issues and disseminate relevant information to Missouri audiences;
  • develop innovative community-based demonstration programs that enhance the quality of life for Missouri’s minority elders.


For His Glory, Incorporated is a community based not for profit organization with the mission of ” Working together in the community with youth and their families”. We serve as volunteers to provide academic support programs, enrichment activities and mentoring for youth and their families in Columbia. I have served as its Executive Director for 10 years.

For His Glory is 15 years old, the academic support program (Grade A!) has been at its Second Baptist Church site for 10 years, and the Worship Arts and Dance Academy program has been at its site at the Blind Boone Community Center for 14 years. As of June 2015, we’ve obtained our first office site. You’ll hear more about that in the future.

Please share the attached flyer and help us to find volunteers that might be interested in serving on the Board of Directors, volunteering with the Program or Funding Development committees, getting involved as a tutor or mentor, or maybe making a contribution through the many opportunities that will be available between now and Dec. 31st.

Please see the Heart of Missouri United Way (HMUW) announcement and website about how you can make a contribution to help us this Friday, Aug. 28th, 2015 between 7:00-10:00 a.m. Stop by the Shelter Insurance Training Center (use the Shelter driveway) and without getting out of your car, you can drop requested items in the For His Glory Donation Barrel. The barrels will be located at the front near the fountain.

We’ve asked for: printer paper, HP950XL Black and HP951 Tri Color Printer Ink, non perishable food items to be used in our after school nutrition program, gasoline gift cards to keep our van rolling, and gift cards of $10-$15 increments that can be given as awards each Dec. and April to students who are succeeding and excelling in school and in our programs. These kind of donations will help us tremendously in serving youth and families in our programs.

With much appreciation for all the support we have received in the past, we say Thank you. Please forward this to others that might be interested in responding to this call as well.


Rev. Janice Dawson-Threat, Ph.D.
Executive Director
For His Glory/ FHG Incorporated


FHG Volunteer Opportunities

A member of the St. Louis chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen shared the attached flyer for next month’s Youth Aviation Day. The event will take place at the St. Louis Air & Space Museum, located in Cahokia, IL, from 8:30am to 3:00pm. A Columbia community member is passing it along because someone in our network of acquaintances may have a child or grandchild or know some children who might be interested in taking a free flight in a propeller plane or learning about aviation.

The sponsor group, Gateway Eagles of Missouri (GEM), is made up African American and white pilots that have been together for years and are simply interested in reaching young people to introduce them to the field of aviation. Contrary to the nightly news, there are blacks and whites in St. Louis who have been and are still coming together for good. They even have simulator training one Saturday a month on a Cessna Prop plane, open to all ages.

The event is open to the public and there is no charge for admission. Youth, ages 8 to 17 fly free and receive a free lunch.
Check it out when you get a chance and if you think of anyone, please share freely.


Youth Aviation Day – Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum – 9.12.2015

The Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Sr. Conference on Church & Social Action is rapidly approaching. We pray you will join us for this monumental undertaking. We will gather to discuss the challenges of faith in public space on September 10 & 11 at the Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia, Missouri.

Our gratitude to Dr. Aidsand Wright-Riggins, his staff and board at the American Baptist Home Mission Societies for underwriting cost for the conference. We are encouraged that Dr. Wright-Riggins will join us at the conference to help give tribute to Dr. Smith.

More is needed to meet our goal of creating a fund for theological education in Dr. Smith’s name. We appreciate all you can do to support this effort.

Attached is our registration form. You can also register online at You can make a contribution to online or send it with the registration form. Please note that the amount sent is to underwrite the conference and to establish the J. Alfred Smith Fund for Theological Education.

Keep us in prayer as we move forward in faith,

Carl W. Kenney II
Executive Committee
African American Clergy Coalition of Mid-Missouri