On March 20th, host Melvin Merritt will speak with his guest, Rosilyn Temple, Founder of KC Mothers in Charge.
KC Mothers in Charge cares for Kansas City families who have lost a loved one to homicide, providing victim and family services, education and advocacy.
On a cold November night in Kansas City, Rosilyn Temple, a concerned single mother stood afraid and alone on a dark street. She had been trying to contact her son, Antonio “Pee Wee” Thompson, all day. She called 911…and waited. When the first responders emerged from his apartment, her worst fears were confirmed: Pee Wee was gone. Her son had been murdered. There was no community liaison for her and she knew there had to a better way to support victims’ families. So she created one.
In early 2012, Temple learned about Mothers in Charge, Inc., founded in Philadelphia by Dorothy Johnson-Speight, PhD, MHS, LPC, who lost her son to homicide in 2003. Johnson-Speight led her through the process of building a Kansas City chapter. In 2013, Temple launched Kansas City Mothers in Charge (KC MIC) as a program of Kansas City’s Ad Hoc Group Against Crime and later, the organization received funding from the Kansas City Missouri Police Department (KCPD) to move into its own office space and expand its programs and services. KC MIC was incorporated in Missouri later that year and, in 2015, granted 501(c)(3) federal tax exemption status.
Rosilyn Temple will explain the KC Mothers in Charge key focus areas, such as trauma informed crisis care and support groups for victims of shootings and homicide. The group also works with offenders in efforts to prevent recidivism.
An upcoming event is Pee Wee’s Walk on Saturday, April 29th! #PeeWeesWalk
For the second half of our hour, host Keith Brown El was inspired by recent celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day to compile his thoughts on racism, which affects persons of all colors and winds like a thread throughout most if not all of human societies. Why do we have to feel superior to others? Is that the ONLY way we can feel good about ourselves? And, don’t we feel bad about ourselves if we feel superior to others?
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Calendar for the week of March 20th:
- The Kansas City Chapter of Missouri Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants has a monthly virtual meeting. MO CURE advocates for the human rights of prisoners in Missouri prisons and jails as well as those who have returned to society. For info call Keith Brown El at 816-377-2873.
- You can find Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense events at https://momsdemandaction.org/events/. Open to all, Mothers and others!
- The League of Women Voters is holding online candidate forums for the upcoming elections. You can simply Google “League of Women Voters”.
- TUES, March 21st, 5:30 PM, Censored. Banned is an event at the National WWI Museum, 2 Memorial Dr, Kansas City MO. You can join for this public event co-hosted by Kansas City PBS and American Public Square to explore attitudes and beliefs about Cancel Culture. Please register soon! Attend in-person or virtually! https://americanpublicsquare.org/event/canceled-censored-banned/?mc_cid=ad3b8669b6&mc_eid=08915e0de9
- THURS, March 23rd, 6:00 PM. How Not to Kill Yourself: A Portrait of a Suicidal Mind with Clancy Martin is an in-person event at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library the Truman Forum Auditorium. University of Missouri-Kansas City professor and author Clancy Martin joins Angela Elam, former producer and host of public radio’s New Letters on the Air, in a discussion of his new book. RSVP at https://www.kclibrary.org/node/32525/register
- A list of services, meals, and hot lines are available at https://lawrenceprogressivecalendar.blogspot.com/
Thanks to all our listeners, stay close to your dial and stay well!