Affordable Health Care Forum: Saturday, Sept. 22 & Sept. 29th from 10:00 am – 11:30 Noon

 The Branch Health Committee in partnership with the Concerned Clergy Health Task Force will present education about how the Affordable Health Care Act will benefit those it was designed to help.  Qualified professionals will provide real answers to your health and wellness questions.  The Sept. 22nd forum will take place at theBruceR.WatkinsCulturalCenter,3700 Blue Pkwy, KCMO and the Sept. 29th forum will take place atZionGroveBaptistChurch,2801 Swope Parkway, KCMO.  Both forums are free and open to the public.  Please RSVP at 816.531.4683 Ext. #5.

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MO NAACP State Conference: Friday, Sept. 28th – Saturday, Sept. 29th, 2012

The annual NAACP MO State Conference will take place on Fri, 9-28 at 12:00 noon– Sat, 9/29 in St. Louis, MO at the Ramada Inn, 811 N. 9th St. Room rates are $75.00 per night. Several workshops will take place. Adult registration is $50.00 and Youth registration is $25.00. All are welcome to attend. Please call the office at 816.421.1191 or email to for more information.

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Branch General Membership Meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 18th at 6:30 pm

 At 7:15 pm, Shelley McThomas, Democratic Director of the KC Election Board will present a forum entitled, “Voting 101: Bringing Voter Education to You”.  A Touch Screen machine will also be available for demonstration of actual voting.   This meeting takes place at theBrushCreekCommunity Center at Cleveland & Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd.  Members and the general public are invited, especially first time voters.

 Branch business will take place from 6:30 – 7:15 pm.  The main agenda item will be an election of the Nominating Committee for the upcoming Branch Election of officers or at-large members of the Executive Committee in November 2012, date to be determined.  All members whose memberships are current as of 30 days prior to this September 18th meeting may be elected to the Nominating Committee.

 On October 16, 2012 at the general membership meeting, there will be a report of the Nominating Committee, receipt of Nominations by Petition and the election of the Election Supervisory Committee.  All members whose memberships were current as of April 1, 2012 may be nominated for office or as an at-large Executive Committee member.

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Skilled Trades Community Outreach Forum: Sat, Sept. 15th from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Partnering with the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus (EWMC), the KCMO NAACP Branch, the KCMO Parks & Recreation Department along with several other sponsors will host a forum to introduce and inform the community on entry-level requirements for twenty-one (21) + construction trades and labor jobs. Representatives from the KC Firefighters and Police Department will also be there. This event will take place at the Brush Creek Community Center and the Spirit of Freedom Fountain, Cleveland & Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd, KCMO. Register to vote and/or update your voting address. Food and beverages will also be served. Encourage anyone and everyone 18 years and older to attend and gain this invaluable employment information from all of the building and construction trades under one roof at the same time!

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Ailey Pope at the NAACP ACTSO Great Debate

Ailey Pope the daughter of Carol Coe at the NAACP ACTSO Great Debate between Wiley College and Harvard. The Topic is “Stand Your Ground Laws”  This video cannot be imbedded, to view it you need to click HERE.  Ms. Pope’s debate starts 1 hour and 50 minutes into the video. You can skip forward by moving the slider at the bottom of the video window.

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Candidate forum videos on July 19th

On July 19th at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, the Kansas City Missouri branch of the NAACP held a candidates forum.  The event ran from 6 p.m to 9 p.m. and included candidates for The Missouri House & Senate and the Jackson County Sheriff election. The candidates were allowed a one minute introduction and one minute for final remarks. Answers to the questions were limited to two minutes. The questions were ask by a panel of moderators and the questions came from both the NAACP KCMO Political Action Committee and the audience. Questions from the audience were screened and delivered by the moderators.

The workers at the event were.

Anita L. Russell President NAACP KCMO Branch
Eugene Stanifer Jr. NAACP KCMO PAC Chairman (reception and registration)
Michael N. Downing NAACP KCMO PAC Interim Chairman (session introductions)
Annmarie Jackson (reception and registration)
Rosa James (timekeeper)
MaryAnn Greyson (visual aids)
Henry E. Lyons President NAACP Olathe Branch (moderator session 1)
Ronald Finley Esq.(moderator session 1 & 2)
Dr. Joyce Downing (moderator session 2)
Arimeta DuPree Esq. (moderator session 2)


The first session  covered the Jackson County Sheriff candidates and the candidates for the Missouri State 7th District. Present from left to right were Jason Holsman for State Senate, Dwon Littlejohn and Randy Poletis for Sheriff.

The second session covered the Missouri State House candidates. Present from left to right were Brandon Ellington for District 22;  Erik K. Stafford, Randy D. Dunn and Derron L. Black for District  23;  Sarah Gillooly, Judy Morgan and Jonathan Sternberg for District 24; and Tom McDonald for District 28.

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The Kansas City Missouri Branch of the NAACP holds general membership meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. The normal location is the Brush Creek Community Center at 3801 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd. Meeting time is 6:30 pm.

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Membership Campaign Kick-off Dinner

NAACP Kansas City, Missouri Branch

Membership Campaign Kick-off Dinner

Theme: “NAACP: 103 years of Power through Membership!”

Friday, April 13, 2012
6:30 PM

Swope Parkway United Christian Church
6140 Swope Parkway
Kansas City, Missouri 64130

Keynote Speaker – Pastor Rodney E. Williams

$30.00 includes Dinner and One–Year Adult Membership
Door Prizes (must be present to win)

2012 Membership Campaign April 13 – June 19

Church Contest
Small 50 – 200 Members (Minimum Requirement 50 Memberships)
Medium 201- 400 Members (Minimum Requirement 100 Memberships)
Large 400 – Up Members (Minimum Requirement 150 Memberships)

Plaques will be presented to Churches with most memberships above minimum requirement at the Kansas City, MO Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Luncheon November 3, 2012.


For tickets and additional information, call the NAACP at 816-421-1191 or email

Sponsored by the Membership and Religious Affairs Committees:

Constance Shields, Membership Chair
Robert Lowe, Life Membership Chair
Rev. Thurmond Caldwell, Religious Affairs Chair

Anita L. Russell, Branch President

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NAACP Kansas City Missouri School District candidate forum

The March 20th 2012 NAACP Kansas City Mo. Branch forum for candidates running for  positions on the Kansas City Mo. School Board. The moderators (from left to right) are Anthony White, Alice Flowers and Patricia Hardimon. The timekeeper is Rosa James. Question collection was done by Annmarie Jackson and Joyce Downing. The opening was by the Interim-Chairperson of the NAACP KCMO political action committee, Michael N. Downing. Mr. Downing is filling in for the Chairman of the Political Action Committee, Eugene Standifer, who is expected to return from rehab soon.  Also appearing is the President of the NAACP KCMO, Anita Russell. 

The candidates from left to right are Sam Mann, Curtis Rogers, H. Lon Swearingen, Candace Koba, Nia Webster, Duane Kelly, and Lyne’t C. Smith. Demonte Rochester arrived a little late and was seated on the far left.

 This video can be viewed in full screen high definition. Just select 720 for resolution at the bottom right of the video box by clicking on the gear icon (which sometimes only appears after the video is playing) and then selecting full screen by clicking on the icon on the far right, three places from the gear icon. Warning, a high speed Internet connection is needed for satisfactory results, due to the large amount of data being sent. Even with a DSL connection, it may be preferable to pause the video for a few minutes before playing to let enough data buffer to avoid pauses in the playback.

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NAACP Raytown School District candidate forum

The NAACP Political Action Committee would like to thank Raytown Christian Church and Rev. Dawn Weaks for again hosting our school board forum for a second year in a row.  The forum went well, with the exception of my camera work.  Microphone rumble resulted in the presentation of Patricia Hardimon’s opening of the forum to be displayed as scrolling text.

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