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Sidney Larson’s Murals at the Guitar Building and the Boone County Courthouse

August 6, 2012

I remember how I felt the first time I walked into the Guitar Building in Columbia. I had heard that it was a very interesting building and the name alone made me wonder why it was named after a musical instrument.

Right there, in all of its glory was a three-paneled mural depicting Columbia’s white mentality about themselves and black people. It made me sick to my stomach. Right then and there, I knew that the meaning of the phrase “Little Dixie.” The artists’ name was Sidney Larson who apparently was a teacher at Columbia College.

Boone County Courthouse in Columbia, Missouri. I was greeted with a painting designed to depict life in Columbia back in the day. I should further state that it depicted white life and how they saw themselves and others. For someone like me who had dreams and ambitions, who graduated high school with honors, and who worked hard to try to accomplish things in life, seeing those paintings made my throat fall into the bottom of my stomach.

Right then and there, I knew that I would not get the justice I would ever deserve in Boone County. Why? Because I was Black. And those paintings, symbolized how the white people felt superior and blacks were inferior.

There was a painting, which even after all of these years, I still recall. It was a painting that depicted a festive party. The white people are standing and dancing around. Their faces are clear and evident. But in the background, wearing black, is Blind Boone playing on a piano. But his face wasn’t even drawn in. He was just a shadow. This is a man who even today and many years after his passing is one of the well-known key figures of Columbia. He was a very successful ragtime pianist. But this painting left me feeling that no matter how talented, how successful, how amazing you are, you are nothing but a shadow in the background if you are black.

On May 30, 2002, I went to the courthouse to find out who in the world came up with these paintings. My first step was to the judges office where I was greeted by the receptionist. She stated that she can help me with the history of the building but they don’t have anything on the paintings. She also stated that their might be plaques next to each picture. She said, “Mr. Perry is Court Administorator.”

So I looked at the pictures and there were indeed some information. As it turned out the judges commissioned these paintings. Yes, the all white judges were responsible for this. When you see these paintings, it makes you wonder how any black person can walk into the Boone County courthouse and feel like they would be represented well. The Court en Banc-judges:
Gene Hamilton
Frank Conley
Ellen Roper
Jodi Asel
Larry Bryson
Chrstine Carpenter
Christopher Kelly

Here are some additional notes on the plaques near these paintings:
The Boone County Community Trust – R.B. Price

The Heinsel Charitable Foundation – Fred V. and Dorothy Heinsel

The Stafford Family Charitable Trust – J. W. “Stan” and Louis Stafford

Project Coordinator: Frank Conley and David L. Knight, Attorney

Sidney Larsen, artist, 1994

On my next journey to Columbia, I plan on taking pictures of these murals as I am amazed that in 2012, there is mention of them but they are nowhere to be seen.
But when you do see them, tell me how you interpret them.

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National Black Events Calendar

February 16, 2011

NATIONAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS

2011

FEBRUARY

Black History Month
2/11, Various Dates/Cities, soulofamerica.com/us-city-guides.phtml

Gullah Celebration
2/01/11-2/28/11, Hilton Head, SC, www.gullahcelebration.co

SSS Spring Fling
2/05/11, Cataloochee, NC, www.southernsnowseekers.org

Material Girls: Contemporary Black Women Artists
Reginald Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture
2/11/11–10/16/11; Baltimore, MD; www.africanamericanculture.org

Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit
2/23/11-2/26/11, Orlando, FL, www.blackenterprise.com/wps

NBA All Star Events

2/18/11-2/21/11, Los Angeles, CA, www.nba.com/jamsession

Pan African Film & Arts Festival

2/16/11-2/23/11, Culver City, CA, www.paff.org

Black Comedy Competition

2/11/11-2/13/11, Oakland, CA, www.BlackComedyCompetition.com

Bronner Brothers Hair Show
2/19/11-2/22/11, Atlanta, GA, www.bronnerbros.com/Show/show.html

Harlem Fine Arts Show – hosted by Susan Taylor

2/25/11-2/27/11, Harlem, NY; hfas.org

MARCH

NBS Summit
3/23/11-3/27/11, Telerude, CO, www.nbs.org

Caribbean Arts and Crafts Festival
3/04/11-3/09/11, British Virgin Islands, www.caribbeanartisan.net/newfest.htm

Savannah Music Festival
3/24/11-4/09/11, Savannah, GA, www.savannahmusicfestival.org

Annual Berks Jazz Festival

3/23/11-3/25/11, Reading, PA, www.berksjazzfest.com/ticketedevents.htm

Mardi Gras San Francisco Style

3/05/11-3/07/11; San Francisco, CA; www.brownpapertickets.com

San Diego Brazil Carnival

3/05/11; San Diego, CA; tickets weblink

Black Travel Expo
TBD, Philadelphia, PA, www.blacktravelexpo.org

Black Marriage Day
3/27/11, Various Cities, www.blackmarriageday.com

National Society of Black Engineers Annual Convention
3/23/11-3/27/11, Toronto, Canada, www.nsbe.org

SSS Spring Fling
3/12/11, Cataloochee, NC, www.southernsnowseekers.org

APRIL
National Black Memorabilia, Art, Doll & Collectible Show

4/16/11-4/17/11; Gaithersburg, MD; www.johnsonshows.com

San Francisco International Film Festival
4/21/11-5/05/11, San Francisco, CA, www.sffs.org

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
4/29/11-5/01/11, 1st weekend in New Orleans, LA, www.nojazzfest.com

National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA)
4/16/11-4/20/11, Chicago, IL, www.nfbpa.org

Annual Multicultural Business Conference

4/19/11-4/21/11, Washington, DC, www.diversitybusiness.com

Memphis in May Festival
4/29/11-5/01/11, Memphis, TN www.memphisinmay.org

St. Lucia Jazz Festival
4/30/11-5/08/11, St. Lucia, stluciajazz.org

MAY

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
5/05/11-5/08/11, 2nd weekend in New Orleans, LA, www.nojazzfest.com

St. Lucia Jazz Festival
4/30/11-5/08/11, St. Lucia, stluciajazz.org

Sweet Auburn Springfest
5/07/11-5/08/11, Atlanta, GA, www.sweetauburn.com

Barbados Gospelfest

5/11, Barbados, www.barbadosgospelfest.com

Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference
5/11, Location TBD, www.blackenterprise.com/events

Gullah Festival Celebration
5/11, Beaufort, SC, www.gullahfestival.org

Afr’am Fest
5/11, Norfolk, VA, www.afram-fest.info

Bonaire Jazz and Salsa Festival
5/11, Bonaire, www.bonairejazz.com

Cancun Jumpoff
5/11, Cancun, www.cancunjumpoff.com

Soul Siesta
5/11, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, www.soulsiestaonline.com

Spoleto Festival
5/11, Charleston, SC, www.spoletousa.org

Atlanta Jazz Festival
5/11, Atlanta, GA www.atlantafestivals.com

DanceAfrica2011
5/11, Brooklyn, NY, www.bam.org

Carnival 2011
5/11, San Francisco, CA, www.sfcarnaval.com

Los Angeles Black Business Expo
5/11, Los Angeles, CA, www.blackbusinessexpo.com

JUNE

USA Summer Festivals

Juneteenth
6/11, Various Dates/Cities, www.juneteenth.com

Hollywood Black Film Festival
6/11, Beverly Hills, CA, www.hbff.org

Brooklyn International Film Festival
6/11, Brooklyn, NY, www.wbff.org/overview

Capital Jazz Fest
6/11, Columbia, MD, www.capitaljazz.com

Healdsburg Jazz Festival
6/11, Healdsburg, CA, www.healdsburgjazzfestival.com

Chicago Gospel Festival
6/11, Chicago, IL, www.chicagogospelfest.us

Jamaica JumpOff
6/11, Runway Bay, Jamaica, www.jamaicajumpoff.com

Urban Financial Services Coalition (UFSC) Conference
6/11, Location TBD, www.ufscnet.org

Chicago Blues Festival
6/11, Chicago, IL, www.chicagobluesfestival.us

Sundiata Festival

6/11, Seattle, WA, www.festivalsundiata.org

San Francisco Black Film Festival
6/11, San Francisco, CA, www.sfbff.org

Real Men Cook
6/10, Various Cities, www.realmencook.com

FraserNet National Convention
6/11, Location TBD, www.frasernet.com

Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce Celebrity Golf Classic

6/11, Beaumont, CA; blackchamberofcommerce.org

American Black Film Festival
6/11, Location TBD, www.abff.com

Summerfest
6/11, Milwaukee, WI, www.summerfest.com

Monterey Blues Festival
6/11, Monterey, CA, www.montereyblues.com

Annual N’DAJE Festival of African Music and Dance

6/11, Boston, MA, weblink

Taste of Chicago
6/11, Chicago, IL, www.tasteofchicago.us

DC Caribbean Carnival
6/11, Washington DC, www.washington.org

Montreal Jazz Festival
6/11, Montreal, Canada, www.montrealjazzfest.com

Soul Music by the Bay

6/11, Oakland, CA, www.tramaientertainment.com

Houston CaribFest
6/11, Houston, TX, www.houstoncaribfest.com

Bonaire Jazz and Salsa Festival

6/11, Bonaire, www.bonairejazz.com

Annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair

6/11, Los Angeles, CA, www.leimertparkbookfair.com

Jubilee Jam
6/11, Jackson, MS, www.jubileejam.com

JULY

USA Summer Festivals

AKA Convention

7/11, Location TBD, www.aka1908.com

Essence Music Festival
7/11, New Orleans, LA, www.essence.com

Fillmore Street Jazz Festival
7/11, San Francisco, CA, www.fillmorestreetjazzfest.com

NAACP Annual Convention
7/11, Location TBD, www.naacp.org

Ghetto Golfers Fundraiser Tournament

7/11, St. Louis, MO; www.GhettoGolfers.com

National Dental Association (NDA) Annual Convention
7/11, Location TBD, www.ndaonline.org

International Multicultural Tourism/Hotel Ownership Summit
7/11, Location TBD, www.nabhood.com

Caribana
7/11, Toronto, Canada, www.caribanafestival.com

National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice
7/11, Location TBD, www.nabcj.org

National Urban League Conference
7/11, Washington DC, www.nul.org

National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Annual Convention
7/11, Location TBD, www.nabj.org

Waterfront Blues Festival
7/11, Location TBD, www.waterfrontbluesfest.com

Bill Pickett Rodeo
7/11, Los Angeles, CA, www.billpickettrodeo.com

Bill Pickett Rodeo
7/11, Oakland/Hayward, CA, www.billpickettrodeo.com

Annual Party in Palm Springs Summer Splash
7/11, Palm Springs, CA, www.pip4fun.com

National Black Arts Festival
7/11, Atlanta, GA, www.nbaf.org

Indiana Black Expo
7/11, Indianapolis, IN, www.indianablackexpo.com

Macy’s Music Festival

7/11, Cincinnati, OH www.qlzprod.com

Houston International Jazz Festival
7/11, Houston, TX, www.jazzeducation.org

Central Florida Christian Rally
7/11, Daytona Beach, FL, www.christiansmergingtogether.org

Reggae Sumfest
7/11, Montego Bay, Jamaica, www.reggaesumfest.com

AUGUST

USA Summer Festival

National Brotherhood of Cyclists Conference
8/04/11-8/07/11; Oakland, CA;

Lansing Jazzfest
8/05/11-8/06/11; Lansing, MI; www.jazzlansing.com

OldTownBlues Fest
9/05/17-9/18/11; Lansing, MI; www.oldtownbluesfest.com

National Sales Network Convention
8/11, Location TBD, www.salesnetwork.org

Satchmo Summerfest
8/11, New Orleans, LA, www.frenchquarterfestivals.org

African World Festival
8/11, Milwaukee, WI, www.africanworldfestival-milwaukee.com

National Bar Association Annual Convention
8/11, Location TBD, www.nationalbar.org

Umoja Family Festival
8/11, Seattle, WA, www.umojafamilyfest.com

National Black Theater Festival
8/11, Winston-Salem, NC, www.nbtf.org

Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival
8/11, Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluff, www.mvaaff.com

Annual Black Boaters Summit
8/11, British and U.S. Virgin Islands, www.honeyletstravel.com

Watts Summer Festival
8/11, Watts, CA, www.wattsfestival.org

Long Beach Jazz Festival
8/11, Long Beach, CA, www.longbeachjazzfestival.com

National Black Police Association Annual Convention
8/11, Sacramento, CA, www.blackpolice.org

SEPTEMBER

Black Enteprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge
9/11, Carlsbad, CA, www.blackenterprise.com/events/events.asp

Summer of Sin
9/110, Las Vegas, NV, www.summerofsinlv.com

Chicago Jazz Festival
9/11, Chicago, IL, www.chicagojazzfestival.us

Verizon Wireless American Music Festival
9/11, Virginia Beach, VA, beacheventsfun.com

Art & Soul Festival
9/11, Oakland, CA, www.artandsouloakland.com

Montreux Jazz Festival
9/11, Atlanta, GA, www.atlantafestivals.com

California Book Club Summit (African American Authors)
9/11, TBD, CA, thecaliforniabookclubsummit.com

Kettle Moraine Jazz Festival
9/11; West Bend, WI, www.kmjazz.com

Blues at the Beach
9/11, Virginia Beach, VA, beacheventsfun.com

African American Street Festival
9/11, Nashville, TN, aacanashville.org

Monterey Jazz Festival
9/11, Monterey, CA, www.montereyjazzfestival.org

Sedona Jazz on the Rocks
9/11, Sedona, AZ, www.sedonajazz.com

Urbanworld FilmFest
9/11, New York, NY, www.urbanworld.org

Dallas – Fort Worth Literary SoulFEST
9/11, Dallas & Fort Worth, www.dfwliterarysoulfest.com

Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo
9/11, TBD, www.billpickettrodeo.com

NOVEMBER
ADCOLOR Annual Awards
11/11, Miami Beach, FL; www.adcolor.org

Anguilla Tranquility Jazz Festival
11/11, Anguilla, www.anguillajazz.org

Philadelphia International Art Expo
11/11, Philadelphia, PA, www.octobergallery.com

DECEMBER

African Diaspora Film Festival
12/11, New York City, NY, nyadff.org

World of Chocolate Holiday Event – World AIDS Day Fundraiser
12/11, Chicago, IL, www.aidschicago.com

Holiday Kwanzaa and Christmas Gift Show
12/11, Oakland, CA, www.kwanzaagiftshow.com

Kwanzaa
Begins 12/11; 7-day festival in various cities, www.soulofamerica.com/kwanzaa-celebrations.phtml

Chicago Hoilday Sports Festival
12/11, Chicago, IL, www.chicagohotblog.com/holiday-sports-festival

2012
JANUARY
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
1/11, Various Dates/Locations, www.mlkday.gov/

Zora Neale Hurston Festival
Eatonville, FL, zoranealehurstonfestival.com

Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival
Montego Bay, Jamaica, www.airjamaicajazzandblues.com

NBS Eastern Region Winter Skifest
Gatlinburg, TN; www.winterskifest.com

Nate Quinn, Springfield Public Schools Cultural Diversity Coordinator

February 16, 2011

Dr. Nate Quinn
Coordinator of Cultural Diversity
and Expanded Learning Opportunities

nquinn@spsmail.org
Telephone: (417) 523-0064
Fax: (417) 523-0099

Nate Quinne, Cultural Diversity Coordinator

Nate Quinne, Cultural Diversity Coordinator

COORDINATOR OF CULTURAL DIVERSITY Hired: August 1983 Base pay: $89,395 Auto allowance: $2,400 Annual stipend: $12,212 Extra duties: Coordinator of summer school, extended learning program and records department.

The Office of Cultural Diversity is committed to building a school district community in which all areas of cultural diversity are valued. Diversity enriches educational experiences by affording opportunities to challenge stereotypes and misconceptions that are often the foundation for insensitivity, misunderstanding, and conflict.

The Office of Cultural Diversity is committed to increasing knowledge and awareness of cultural differences, as well as eliminating bigotry, both overt and subtle.

Each student within the district is treated with respect, and supports are in place to ensure success for all children.

Kansas City Black Media – News, Radio, NAACP, Urban League

February 16, 2011

Kansas City News and Radio Media that is black-owned or serves the African American community. Also, information about the Kansas City chapter of NAACP and the Urban League.

Hot 103 Jazz Brunch Line
PHONE: 816-763-1052

Jazz Hotline
Kansas City Jazz Ambassadors and Phoenix Bar & Grill

PHONE: 816-753-5277

Bi-State Committee for the Preservation of Sacred African American Sites
Kansas City, Missouri

PHONE: 816-421-5661

Black Chamber of Commerce
1501 East 18th Street; Kansas City

PHONE: 816-474-9901

WEBSITE: www.bcckc.org

NAACP Kansas City
Kansas City, MO

PHONE: 816-421-1191

Urban League Kansas City
1710 The Paseo

PHONE: 816-471-0550

WEBSITE: www.ulkc.org


Print

The Call Newspaper
Kansas City’s oldest Black newspaper was founded in 1919; The Call supported and was supported by Kansas City’s great jazz era; for example in 1937 the Call featured ads from an astounding 80 different jazz clubs in the city

ADDRESS: 1715 East 18th Street

PHONE: 816-842-3804

Kansas City Black Pages
The Business Connection to the Black Community

ADDRESS: 1601 East 18th, Suite 315

PHONE: 816-421-0400

JAM
A free copy of nightclubs throughout Kansas City, published by Kansas City Jazz Ambassadors

Radio Stations

90.1 FM KKFI – Blues, Gospel, Jazz , Reggae, World Music
103.3 FM KPRS – Hip Hop, Old & New School R&B
106.5 FM KCIY – Jazz
107.3 FM KNRX – Old & New School R&B, Tom Joyner Morning Show
890 AM KGGN – Gospel , Sunday sermons, Talk

Black Funeral Homes in Missouri and Kansas

February 16, 2011

Elite Funeral Chapel
11525 Blue Ridge Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64134
816-765-0141
Malcolm Morris, Funeral Director

Thatcher’s Funeral Home
1520 North 5th Street
Kansas City, KS 66101

Bullock Family Funeral Chapel / Ashland Cemetery
1903 Jules St.
St. Joseph, MO 64501
816-364-2301
Eey Bullock, Funeral Director / Owner

Slider Funeral Home
1734 Washington Blvd.
Kansas City, Kansas 66102

Watkins Brothers Memorial Chapel

913-573-2020

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