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




Black History Month
2/11, Various Dates/Cities,

Gullah Celebration
2/01/11-2/28/11, Hilton Head, SC,

SSS Spring Fling
2/05/11, Cataloochee, NC,

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

Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit
2/23/11-2/26/11, Orlando, FL,

NBA All Star Events

2/18/11-2/21/11, Los Angeles, CA,

Pan African Film & Arts Festival

2/16/11-2/23/11, Culver City, CA,

Black Comedy Competition

2/11/11-2/13/11, Oakland, CA,

Bronner Brothers Hair Show
2/19/11-2/22/11, Atlanta, GA,

Harlem Fine Arts Show – hosted by Susan Taylor

2/25/11-2/27/11, Harlem, NY;


NBS Summit
3/23/11-3/27/11, Telerude, CO,

Caribbean Arts and Crafts Festival
3/04/11-3/09/11, British Virgin Islands,

Savannah Music Festival
3/24/11-4/09/11, Savannah, GA,

Annual Berks Jazz Festival

3/23/11-3/25/11, Reading, PA,

Mardi Gras San Francisco Style

3/05/11-3/07/11; San Francisco, CA;

San Diego Brazil Carnival

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

Black Travel Expo
TBD, Philadelphia, PA,

Black Marriage Day
3/27/11, Various Cities,

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

SSS Spring Fling
3/12/11, Cataloochee, NC,

National Black Memorabilia, Art, Doll & Collectible Show

4/16/11-4/17/11; Gaithersburg, MD;

San Francisco International Film Festival
4/21/11-5/05/11, San Francisco, CA,

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

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

Annual Multicultural Business Conference

4/19/11-4/21/11, Washington, DC,

Memphis in May Festival
4/29/11-5/01/11, Memphis, TN

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


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

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

Sweet Auburn Springfest
5/07/11-5/08/11, Atlanta, GA,

Barbados Gospelfest

5/11, Barbados,

Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference
5/11, Location TBD,

Gullah Festival Celebration
5/11, Beaufort, SC,

Afr’am Fest
5/11, Norfolk, VA,

Bonaire Jazz and Salsa Festival
5/11, Bonaire,

Cancun Jumpoff
5/11, Cancun,

Soul Siesta
5/11, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic,

Spoleto Festival
5/11, Charleston, SC,

Atlanta Jazz Festival
5/11, Atlanta, GA

5/11, Brooklyn, NY,

Carnival 2011
5/11, San Francisco, CA,

Los Angeles Black Business Expo
5/11, Los Angeles, CA,


USA Summer Festivals

6/11, Various Dates/Cities,

Hollywood Black Film Festival
6/11, Beverly Hills, CA,

Brooklyn International Film Festival
6/11, Brooklyn, NY,

Capital Jazz Fest
6/11, Columbia, MD,

Healdsburg Jazz Festival
6/11, Healdsburg, CA,

Chicago Gospel Festival
6/11, Chicago, IL,

Jamaica JumpOff
6/11, Runway Bay, Jamaica,

Urban Financial Services Coalition (UFSC) Conference
6/11, Location TBD,

Chicago Blues Festival
6/11, Chicago, IL,

Sundiata Festival

6/11, Seattle, WA,

San Francisco Black Film Festival
6/11, San Francisco, CA,

Real Men Cook
6/10, Various Cities,

FraserNet National Convention
6/11, Location TBD,

Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce Celebrity Golf Classic

6/11, Beaumont, CA;

American Black Film Festival
6/11, Location TBD,

6/11, Milwaukee, WI,

Monterey Blues Festival
6/11, Monterey, CA,

Annual N’DAJE Festival of African Music and Dance

6/11, Boston, MA, weblink

Taste of Chicago
6/11, Chicago, IL,

DC Caribbean Carnival
6/11, Washington DC,

Montreal Jazz Festival
6/11, Montreal, Canada,

Soul Music by the Bay

6/11, Oakland, CA,

Houston CaribFest
6/11, Houston, TX,

Bonaire Jazz and Salsa Festival

6/11, Bonaire,

Annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair

6/11, Los Angeles, CA,

Jubilee Jam
6/11, Jackson, MS,


USA Summer Festivals

AKA Convention

7/11, Location TBD,

Essence Music Festival
7/11, New Orleans, LA,

Fillmore Street Jazz Festival
7/11, San Francisco, CA,

NAACP Annual Convention
7/11, Location TBD,

Ghetto Golfers Fundraiser Tournament

7/11, St. Louis, MO;

National Dental Association (NDA) Annual Convention
7/11, Location TBD,

International Multicultural Tourism/Hotel Ownership Summit
7/11, Location TBD,

7/11, Toronto, Canada,

National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice
7/11, Location TBD,

National Urban League Conference
7/11, Washington DC,

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

Waterfront Blues Festival
7/11, Location TBD,

Bill Pickett Rodeo
7/11, Los Angeles, CA,

Bill Pickett Rodeo
7/11, Oakland/Hayward, CA,

Annual Party in Palm Springs Summer Splash
7/11, Palm Springs, CA,

National Black Arts Festival
7/11, Atlanta, GA,

Indiana Black Expo
7/11, Indianapolis, IN,

Macy’s Music Festival

7/11, Cincinnati, OH

Houston International Jazz Festival
7/11, Houston, TX,

Central Florida Christian Rally
7/11, Daytona Beach, FL,

Reggae Sumfest
7/11, Montego Bay, Jamaica,


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;

OldTownBlues Fest
9/05/17-9/18/11; Lansing, MI;

National Sales Network Convention
8/11, Location TBD,

Satchmo Summerfest
8/11, New Orleans, LA,

African World Festival
8/11, Milwaukee, WI,

National Bar Association Annual Convention
8/11, Location TBD,

Umoja Family Festival
8/11, Seattle, WA,

National Black Theater Festival
8/11, Winston-Salem, NC,

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

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

Watts Summer Festival
8/11, Watts, CA,

Long Beach Jazz Festival
8/11, Long Beach, CA,

National Black Police Association Annual Convention
8/11, Sacramento, CA,


Black Enteprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge
9/11, Carlsbad, CA,

Summer of Sin
9/110, Las Vegas, NV,

Chicago Jazz Festival
9/11, Chicago, IL,

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

Art & Soul Festival
9/11, Oakland, CA,

Montreux Jazz Festival
9/11, Atlanta, GA,

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

Kettle Moraine Jazz Festival
9/11; West Bend, WI,

Blues at the Beach
9/11, Virginia Beach, VA,

African American Street Festival
9/11, Nashville, TN,

Monterey Jazz Festival
9/11, Monterey, CA,

Sedona Jazz on the Rocks
9/11, Sedona, AZ,

Urbanworld FilmFest
9/11, New York, NY,

Dallas – Fort Worth Literary SoulFEST
9/11, Dallas & Fort Worth,

Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo
9/11, TBD,

ADCOLOR Annual Awards
11/11, Miami Beach, FL;

Anguilla Tranquility Jazz Festival
11/11, Anguilla,

Philadelphia International Art Expo
11/11, Philadelphia, PA,


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

World of Chocolate Holiday Event – World AIDS Day Fundraiser
12/11, Chicago, IL,

Holiday Kwanzaa and Christmas Gift Show
12/11, Oakland, CA,

Begins 12/11; 7-day festival in various cities,

Chicago Hoilday Sports Festival
12/11, Chicago, IL,

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
1/11, Various Dates/Locations,

Zora Neale Hurston Festival
Eatonville, FL,

Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival
Montego Bay, Jamaica,

NBS Eastern Region Winter Skifest
Gatlinburg, TN;

Nate Quinn, Springfield Public Schools Cultural Diversity Coordinator

February 16, 2011

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


NAACP Kansas City
Kansas City, MO

PHONE: 816-421-1191

Urban League Kansas City
1710 The Paseo

PHONE: 816-471-0550



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

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
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
Eey Bullock, Funeral Director / Owner

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

Watkins Brothers Memorial Chapel


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