Johnson County Clean Slate Virtual Expungement Clinic
July 1 – August 31

Kansas Legal Services, in partnership with the Johnson County Bar Association, present this opportunity to assist qualified applicants with Johnson County District Court expungements.  While not all charges are eligible for expungement, many are, and pro bono attorneys may be able to help. Filing fees may apply. Apply online or by phone July 1st through August 31st at www.kansaslegalservices.org or call 1-800-723-6953.  You can also contact Christy Campbell at campbell@klsinc.org or 316-290-8230.

Walk for Unity – Unite KC

Saturday, July 17th
9:30-Noon
Troost Ave & E. Truman Rd.

Unite KC is hosting a citywide Walk for Unity on July 17th! We are all too aware of the racial division in our community, further exacerbated by the history of the segregation of Troost Ave. Make the choice to come together and walk in a statement of unity for our city. Unite KC is a grassroots movement committed to taking action. For more information go to  www.unitekc.org.  And check the Unite KC Facebook event page for the most up-to-date information.

Summer Volunteer Opportunities

St. James Food Pantry – Ongoing
Volunteers are needed to assist with the Food Distribution Ministry at the south campus, 9420 James A. Reed Road in KCMO. Contact Pastor Jackie at jmccall@sjumkc.org

Resurrection School Makeover – Preschool Edition!  July 8-16
Volunteers will be working at Della Lamb’s Early Education program, and Emmanuel Family and Child Development Center to update their facilities so they can better serve the children and families in their communities. If you are in the Kansas City area and like to paint or do other DIY projects, join us! We are looking for hundreds of volunteers over the days of this project. Here’s the link for more information and to sign up. 

Black Achievement: Great Ideas/Successes

Damron Russel Armstrong, CEO/Executive Artistic Director for The Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City, shares his thoughts on knowing and celebrating the full extent of Black contributions because often they are not seen. Working together and recognizing everyone’s achievements adds to the betterment of all. See his article here.

Summertime – and the Living is Mostly Social

ARJ classes are taking a break for a few weeks, so we’re encouraging our St. James and COR members to come together for some friendly socializing. There so much going on in the KC area and this newsletter features just a few ideas on things you can do. Remember, building relationships is a primary goal of ARJ, so reach out to other ARJ members, form a group, and get together throughout these lazy days of summer.

The American Jazz Walk of Fame
Saturday, July 3

This year, the American Jazz Walk of Fame will induct Al Jarreau and the Mutual Musicians Foundation. Join the celebration on July 3rd from 7-9:30 at the American Jazz Museum 18th&Vine. In addition to the 7:00pm induction ceremony, there will be a concert at 7:45pm featuring Blair Bryant & the B2 Experience, plus the J. Love Band.
Fireworks display starts at 9:30pm. Event is free to the public. For more details go to: www.americanjazzwalkoffame.org

Crystal Bridges Museum of American History Teacher Institute:
The African America Experience Virtual Session

The Crystal Bridges Museum of American History in Bentonville, Arkansas is being noted as one of the most “woke” museums in the country. The African American exhibits and special programs are excellent! This month, the museum presents a week-long virtual class geared for teachers. The professional development session introduces teachers of all subjects to the methodology and process of teaching from works of art in the existing curriculums they use. 30-hours PD. Material cost is $50. For details and registration visit the Crystal Bridges website.


Historically Speaking: Where You Are Is Not Who You Are
An Evening with Ursula Burns
Thursday, July 22 — 6:00-7:00 pm CDT
Virtual Event

The National Museum of African American History and Culture brings you this free virtual presentation. Ursula Burns, the first Black female CEO of a Fortune 500 company, looks back at her life and her career at Xerox. She will share unique insights on American business and corporate life, the workers she has always valued, racial and economic justice, how greed is threatening democracy, and the obstacles she’s conquered being Black and a woman. Registration recommended.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

As you may know, the Kansas City T-Bones (independent; American Association), have rebranded themselves as the Kansas City Monarchs, in a partnership with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. The Kansas City Monarchs was the longest-running franchise in Negro Leagues history. A founding member of the Negro National League in 1920, the Monarchs won ten league pennants and the inaugural Negro League World Series Championship in 1924. When the team was disbanded in 1965, it had produced more major league players than any other Negro Leagues franchise.

Check out the team’s website for local games and come out to the ballpark for a day or evening of summer entertainment and a chance to pay tribute to the historic KC Monarchs.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Featured Exhibition – Ongoing
“Testimony” – African American Artists Collective

Kansas City-based African American Artists participate in this inaugural Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art project celebrating local artists. The exhibit – titled “Testimony” – embodies the power of speaking one’s own truth and of being called to stand in witness. It features the “testimonies” of nearly 40 artists through their paintings, textiles, poems, sculptures, music, film, jewelry, and dance.
For more information visit: https://nelson-atkins.org/news/testimony/