“From Kansas City KS to Tanzania” with Charlotte “Mama C” O’Neal
Our speaker will share her journey from growing up in KCKS and membership in the KC Black Panther Party to a life as a community activist, musician, poet, and artist in Tanzania. She and her husband Pete run UAACC, the United African Alliance Community Center. (Historical note: Pete O’Neal, then leader of the KC Black Panther Party, spoke May 25, 1969 at the All Souls Forum on Why Revolution?)
“School Board Candidates’ Forum” with KCMO School Board Candidates
On April 8 the Kansas City School District voters will elect new Board members. Should the State take over the District? Is the Superintendent’s claimed come-back genuine? Hear what each candidate has to say, and then ask them your questions.
“Mere Words and Symbolic Gestures: Pope Francis and the New Catholic Message” with Mary O’Halloran
Mary O’Halloran, media consultant and panelist on KCPT’s “Ruckus,” is our presenter. Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio was elected Pope in March, 2013. What has happened during his first year? How is he seeking to change the Catholic Church? Is the Church ready for a break with tradition or reform of the Vatican’s governance and public policies?
“Why We Need Alternative/Community Radio” with Bill Clause
Bill Clause, Special Events and Volunteer Coordinator at KKFI 90.l FM Community Radio, will discuss how KKFI fits into the space between internet information anarchy and the corporate media giants.
“Oscar Sunday at the Forum” with John Tibbetts
It’s Oscar Sunday, the celebration of the 86th Academy Awards. All good UU movie goers will gather to predict and critique winners and losers. John Tibbetts, Associate Professor of Theatre and Film at KU will be standing in for Bob Butler this year. John will be leading the conversation and sharing many new and interesting Oscar stories.
“L. M. Birkhead: Democracy’s Defender” with Jim Grebe
Outspoken fighter against Kansas City Pendergast machine politics, American fascism, red-baiting and other social ills of his day, L. M. Birkhead left a remarkable legacy of progressive activism, including pastorship of the All Souls Church in the 1920s. All Souls member Jim Grebe, Birkhead’s biographer, recounts the story. (“The Future of Books” with Crosby Kemper III, originally scheduled for this day, has been postponed.)
“Harvest Public Media: Food, Fuel and Field” with Donna Vestal
Kansas City’s KCUR-FM public radio station launched Harvest Public Media in 2010 to focus on “food, fuel and field.” Executive editor Donna Vestal will talk about why KCUR decided to launch the project, its goals and its techniques of reporting.
“New Letters on the Air” with Angela Elam
New Letters on the Air began in 1977 as a radio companion to the quarterly literary magazine New Letters. Each week it features intimate conversations with contemporary writers. Angela Elam, who has been host since 1996, will share her experiences with this award-winning show.
“State of the City” with Mayor Sly James
Kansas City Missouri Mayor Sylvester James continues our decades-long annual tradition with a mayoral presentation on the state of Kansas City, Missouri.
“Reflections on Martin Luther King, Jr.” with Sharon Sanders Brooks
Sharon Sanders will share reflections on Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy. She is a historical consultant who has served on the Board of the Black Archives since 2006. She formerly was a civil rights investigator, addressing discrimination complaints in Kansas City. She has served on the City Council and in the Missouri House of Representatives.