For our show for January 17, 2022, we dedicate our entire hour to the teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Host Margot Patterson will speak with Darron Edwards, Senior Pastor of United Believers Community Church, the Rev. Dr. Emanual Cleaver III, Senior Minister of St. James United Methodist Church and Attorney, Civil Rights Advocate, and Founder of My Better America, LaRonna Lassiter Saunders.

They will be talking about ways to repair community and address crime and racism in Kansas City.  As Dr. King often said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Half a century after the assassination of Dr. King, our criminal justice system still shows racial inequity at every point of the justice system – from arrest rates to incarceration, people of color are over-represented and not because they commit more crimes.  There are system failures that disproportionately punish people of color. Black and Hispanic adults are more than five times and nearly three times more likely to end up in prison than White adults. When in contact with police, people of color experience use of force more often than other people, and Black people are three times more likely to be killed than White people. The juvenile justice system shows these same inequities.  Black youth are more likely to be arrested than youth of other races, and are confined at four times the rate of White juveniles.

In the past two years, we have seen how a global pandemic has only exacerbated existing inequalities, not only in the justice system, but in behavioral health and crisis response systems as well.

Forces of evil and injustice cannot survive when people of goodwill come together to speak out.

We hope you will listen.  On Jaws of Justice, we examine how to find justice in our society.  Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.  Please tune in

Calendar for the week of January 17th:

  • 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.
  • MON Jan. 17th, MON Meets: 3 PM, is an Online event hosted by The Willow Domestic Violence Center on Facebook Live.
  • THURS, Jan. 20th, 5 PM, Hope and Healing for Survivors of Homicide is an adult support group which meets at the Robert J. Mohart Multi Purpose Center, 3200 Wayne, KCMO Please call 816)912-2601 or email [email protected] for more info.
  • FRI, Jan. 21st, NOON, Empower Missouri’s Friday Forum will be Eviction is a form of violence: how eviction is both a cause and condition of poverty.  This is a virtual event, access at
  • SAT, Jan. 22nd, 12:45 PM, you can join an outdoor rally marking the first anniversary of the “entry into force” of the international Treaty on the Prohibition of nuclear weapons. You can meet in the parking area near Main and 46th St., behind office buildings overlooking Mill Creek Park. There will be a short car rally. More info at peaceworkskc on Facebook.  All are invited!
  • A list of services, meals, and hot lines are available at  It is updated daily.

Thanks to all our listeners, stay close to your dial and stay well!


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