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Dear Friends,

Many of you know that for over three years I have had the extraordinary blessing of working with the now-88-year old distinguished Black community leader, Al Brooks, on his memoir. I am now able to report that the manuscript of over 250,000 words is now complete.

There are many arcs to Al's story. One is being threatened with death by police when he was a young boy, to his becoming a Black cop himself, to his becoming the first city Black department head, and the first Black assistant City Manager to becoming Mayor Pro Tem, to becoming President of the Board of Police Commissioners.

I can hardly wait for publication so others can be inspired by the life of this great man. This photo is from the 2019 Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce dinner naming Al as Kansas Citian of the Year.


 

An Update

Those who do not live in the Kansas City area may want to know of the success we had in stopping the renaming of the fountain in Mill Creek Park "The Dream Fountain" in an attempt to honor Martin Luther King Jr. I understand the Park Commissioners viewed the photos I took and realized that the violence of the fountain sculptures does not represent King's dream. The dispute appears on our website here.
 



A Correction

Vital Conversations with David Nelson is, as always, on a Wednesday from 1 to 2:30 CDT, this month August 12. It should be another great discussion, this time in the context of the centenary of the women's right to vote. Click here for more information and the Zoom link.
 



A New Program

The Interfaith Center at Miami University in Oxford, OH, and CRES offer a provocative Zoom conversation between David Nelson and myself: "Interfaith Understanding Is Too Slight a Thing," Sept 20 Sunday 2 pm CDT.

Both David and I have been involved with interfaith effort for much of our careers, and while supportive, we think some constructive re-examination might be helpful when goals are watered down to "warm fuzzies." After the two of us speak, those of you joining us will be invited into the discussion. 



Until next time, as Al Brooks would say: Be blessed. 
Vern

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