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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) |

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

The University of Missouri invites you to join colleagues and friends for a reception in celebration of the leadership of Michael Middleton, JD and for his 30 years of service to Mizzou. (Invitation attached).

The reception will be held in the Great Room of the Reynolds Alumni Center – 704 Conley Rd, from 4:00 to 6:00pm. The formal program will begin at 4:30pm.

Please accept or regrets by August 21 to University Events (573) 882-1989; e-mail:

A memory book is being created to commemorate Michael’s years of service to MU. If you have any questions or wish to send a note directly, please contact Julie Middleton at

Here is the link to the MixBook application for you to contribute to the memories album being created for Michael:

Michael Middle Mixbook Album

Michael Middleton Retirement 8.28.2015

STV Graphic

Community Residents Rally to Silence the Violence For Back To School Time CCNVI News Service – On August 21st, the Columbia Community Non Violence Initiative will host a Silence the Violence Movement Back to School Rally from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.This year the Columbia Community Non Violence Initiative has hosted a number of events as a means to provide safe and productive activities for our community. We began the summer with a Safe Summer Rally as well as weekly prayer walks in various areas of our community. To end the summer, we will host our Back to School Rally. Our focus will be to provide clothing and shoe vouchers for community youth as they prepare to go back to school.

The evening will begin at 6:00 PM at Douglass Park where Columbia community leaders and members will rally and provide clothing vouchers for community youth at Douglass Park. The STV Back to School Rally will not contain an adversarial presentation or disposition, but is intended to bring community awareness, unity and engagement to address a variety violent issues that plague our community. During the Rally we will hear from community members and leaders offering opportunities and input to continue community safety.

For more information about the Silence the Violence Movement, or the Columbia Community Non-Violence Initiative please call 573-256-1896, or email at Those interested can also like the Facebook page of the Columbia Community Non-Violence Initiative, or view the twitter page @stvcolumbia.

Back to School Summer Rally at a Glance:

Date: Friday, August 21, 2015

Time: 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Location: Douglass Park

Theme: Back to School Rally

Target Audience: Columbia Community, Families and Youth approximately 150

Sponsorship Needs: Food, marketing, clothing and shoe vouchers [gift cards]

The Columbia Community Non-Violence Initiative is a Community collaborative responsible for creating and communicating Agency, Community Based Organizations and Not-for-Profit Organizational initiatives and activities that foster non-violence and a better quality of life for all Columbia, Missouri community residents


Mobile Theater and Rare P-51C Mustang Honoring Tuskegee Airmen Brings Unique Inspirational Opportunity to Kansas City

Local Youth and Community Groups Invited to Schedule Free Private Showings
Minneapolis, Minn. – July 29, 2015 – The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron, America’s tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, is bringing its RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit mobile theater and WWII P-51C Mustang aircraft to the Kansas City Aviation Expo Air Show at the Wheeler Downtown Airport August 22 and 23. The exhibit is a unique opportunity for all ages to experience the inspiring story of the Tuskegee Airmen – America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Robert Brogden Buick GMC, youth and community groups are invited to view the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit at the dealership at 1500 E. Santa Fe Drive in Olathe from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. August 19 and 20. Visitors will learn about the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s guiding Six Principles – Aim High, Believe In Yourself, Use Your Brain, Be Ready To Go, Never Quit, Expect to Win – and how they can be applied to their own lives. Contact Teresa Sanders at (913) 274-8008 or to reserve a FREE private showing.

The RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit  is a fully functional movie theater featuring the original film “Rise Above.” This immersive experience is housed in a climate controlled 53’ semi trailer with a dynamic 160-degree panoramic screen, creating the feeling of being in the cockpit soaring above the clouds in the P-51C Mustang – the signature aircraft of the Tuskegee Airmen in WWII. Audience members will learn what it was like for the Airmen as they worked toward their goal of becoming U.S. Army Air Corps pilots in the early 1940’s, and the obstacles they had the perseverance to overcome.

“The exhibit is truly a one-of-a-kind adventure,” said CAF Red Tail Squadron Leader and P-51C Mustang pilot Brad Lang. “Kids and adults walk away from this experience with a greater understanding of the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen. Their story, and that of the CAF Red Tail Squadron, is a means to inspire them to achieve their potential. It’s a message that resonates with all ages because of the unique and interactive way it is told. It’s an experience not to be missed.”

Wheeler Downtown Airport is located at 300 NW Richards Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri.Entrance to the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit is FREE, although standard admission rates to the Kansas City Aviation Expo Air Show will apply.

About the CAF Red Tail Squadron
The CAF Red Tail Squadron is a volunteer-driven 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to educating audiences across the country about the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel. Their three-fold outreach program includes an authentic, fully restored WWII-era P-51C Mustang, the signature aircraft of the Tuskegee Airmen; the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit 53’ mobile theater featuring the original panoramic film “Rise Above”; and educational materials and programs for teachers and youth leaders. The CAF Red Tail Squadron is part of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). To learn more about the organization, it’s mission or to become a donor, visit or follow the Squadron on Facebook at

About the Commemorative Air Force
Collecting and flying warbirds for over half a century, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is the largest flying museum in the world. The CAF is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to honoring American military aviation history through flight, exhibition and remembrance. The organization feels this is best accomplished by keeping the aircraft flying. The CAF has approximately 11,000 members and a fleet of over 160 airplanes assigned to 70 units across the country. These units, comprised of CAF volunteer members, restore and operate the planes, which are viewed by more than 10 million spectators annually. Visit


“Aim High, Believe In Yourself, Use Your Brain, Be Ready To Go, Never Quit, Expect to Win”

On behalf of Provost Garnett Stokes and her colleagues in the Provost’s Staff and Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative, Noor Azizan-Gardner would like to cordially invite you to a public lecture by the nationally-renowned scholar, Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, from the Ohio State University on the “The Building Blocks of Belonging and Success in College for Diverse Student Populations”, on Monday, August 24 at 7:00pm in the Missouri Theatre.

Please share the attached flyer with your colleagues and distribute it as appropriate. The event is free and open to the public.

For questions, please contact Azizan-Gardner, phone 573.882.6282 or e-mail:


Terrell Strayhorn Lecture flyer

Sharing Information:

The Columbia SDA Church is having a Back to School Explosion — The Remix at Douglass Park, on August 26-28, beginning at 6:00pm each evening. Activities include a Celebrity Basketball game, slam dunk competition, and 3-point competition. Grace Tour Nightly Service at 7:00pm. All events are free and open to the public; youth are especially encouraged to attend.

Please check out the attached flyer and link to the You Tube video for more information.

Here’s the promo video and flier:

Back to School Explosion — The Remix