KCABJ Says Goodbye To One Of Its Founders KCABJ in December lost one of its founding members with the death of Ceaser M. Williams Jr. Ceaser had worked in the late 1970s on the copy desk at The Kansas City Star and in the early 1980s became the first black assistant metropolitan editor at The Kansas City Times. He had been a reporter with the Buffalo Evening News before coming to Kansas City.
His career after Kansas City included editing jobs at the Philadelphia Enquirer, Newsday and the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He had served on the faculty of the Editing Program fellowship run by the Maynard Institute and had taught at Clark Atlanta University. He returned to The Kansas City Star in the 1990s and rose to become news editor before leaving the newspaper to teach journalism in Kansas City area schools.
His oldest son, Trey, who is in his first year of college, was a graduate and scholarship winner in the KCABJ student journalism academy. Ceaser leaves his wife, Mara’ Rose Williams, Trey and youngest son, Jordan.
KCABJ Plans For 2010 On Monday, Jan. 17, for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, KCABJ members will be volunteering from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Harvesters. KCABJ Secretary Anita Parran made the arrangements.
Harvesters is at 3801 Topping Ave. in the East Bottoms. Harvesters’ most needed items for low-income families include canned vegetables, canned fruits, boxed meals, canned meat and tuna, peanut butter, canned soap, cereal, soap, deodorant, shampoo and toilet paper. The King Holiday is known in the black community as “a day on” instead of a day off.
About a dozen people attended the KCABJ Holiday Party in December at Danny”s Big Easy restaurant at 18th and Vine across from the Blue Room. Members decided at the November meeting to continue the tradition to bring people together for the holiday season and support a black business.
KCABJ President Greg Moore said he wanted to continue a “Drive for Fives” plan he initiated this year to have the organization:
Pick up five new members
Get five past members to renew
Have five members donate $5 to KCABJ.
Get five members to recruit one new member each.
Have five members commit to five volunteer days for KCABJ.
Members discussed the media awards program and looked ahead to 2011. A planning committee will be formed in February for the 2011 media awards because it will be the 20th anniversary of the program, which encourages the Kansas City area media to do more enterprising stories about African Americans and other people of color.
In addition, KCABJ in 2011 will celebrate its 30th anniversary. The planning committee will organize a banquet to coincide with the media awards. KCABJ member Sharon Cheers said she would look into whether it could be at the downtown library.
Sharon also agreed to collect the names of KCABJ members willing to run as officers of the organization. The election will be held at the Jan. 15 KCABJ meeting. The positions are president, vice president/print, vice president/broadcast, secretary and treasurer.
Greg said he wanted KCABJ to reach out in 2011 to young professionals seeking journalism careers to draw them into the organization.
NABJ News Kathy Times, president of the National Association of Black Journalists, has picked Rod Hicks as chair of the Philadelphia convention. It will run Aug. 3-7. Sybril Bennett is the programming chair.
The convention will focus on digital journalism education. KCABJ Vice President/Print Glenn E. Rice will serve as the 2011 NABJ elections chair. New officers are to be elected.
NABJ is inducting five journalists into its Hall of Fame on Jan. 27 in Washington, D.C. They are Ed Bradley, Eugene Robinson, Merri Dee, J.C. Hayward and Ray Taliaferro.
From March 24-26, NABJ is offering a conference on health disparities at the Barbara Jordan Conference Center of the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington. For more information go to nabj.org. In addition, NABJ is offering a multimedia short course. For more information go to nabj.org.
To NABJ members who are unemployed, NABJ is offering a six-month membership extension.
Opportunity Knocks The Metropolitan Community College-Business & Technology campus is seeking adjunct professors. For more information contact Dr. Tom Wheeler, dean of instruction at 816-604-5200.
Time to Renew Membership dues for 2011 is due. The application is below.
Print this application and mail it with your $20 check to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64111 to cover your annual membership dues. KCABJ maintains the lowest dues among all of the affliated NABJ chapters.
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(Membership in KCABJ runs from January through December. Annual dues of $20 in the organization has not changed since the organization was founded in 1981. It is the lowest of any of the affiliates of the National Association of Black Journalists.)