KCABJ Newsletter for January 2019

Glenn Rice Honored

Former KCABJ President Glenn E. Rice received the Community Service Award from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City during the weeklong celebration honoring the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The award was given Jan. 15 at the Rev. Nelson “Fuzzy” Thompson Community Luncheon at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.

Former KCABJ president and current KCABJ Secretary Anita K. Parran introduced Glenn to the audience. Her remarks were:

“Congratulations to the SCLC for another successful Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration week. Please pay close attention to the word ‘success.’

“When I received the invitation to introduce this year’s Community Service Award recipient, Glenn E. Rice, I did not hesitate for one second to say ‘Yes, of course.’ I am honored to do this for a friend and colleague.

“I have known Glenn for more years than I have fingers and toes. He has been an exemplary example of vision, enlightenment, and servant leader as a constant journalistic watchdog for and in our community.

“I discovered many papers that my mother collected during her lifetime. And I will share passages from ‘The Art of Success’ as defined by Wilferd Peterson. I believe that Glenn has demonstrated these successes over the years. He is truly a community asset in so many ways that cannot be fully articulated this afternoon.

‘“There are no secrets of success. Success is doing the things you know you should do.’

“I hope you know that Glenn is not a purveyor of the so-called ‘fake news’ that is being bandied about capriciously and without merit. He is an award-winning reporter for more than 30 years at The Kansas City Star. He has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize three times and for many years has worked diligently to produce The Kansas City Star’s annual special section for the King holiday, which we celebrate in part today. In partnership with reporter Mike McGraw, they doggedly researched and shed light on the Leon Jordan assassination in a series of articles that both captivated and educated readers. Not a native of Kansas City, I read with fascination and awe about the founder of the local black political club, Freedom Inc., and appreciated the intense research that was involved in the reporting.

‘“Success is not limited to one area of your life.’ I know that Glenn is a devoted husband to Charlotte and father to Zane. I can still remember his joy when he learned that he was going to be a dad. But, I must admit my take at the time was, he also seemed a little scared and apprehensive of such a daunting lifelong responsibility. He is unwaveringly devoted to family and fatherhood.

‘“Success is focusing full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve.’ Glenn is a career-long member of the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists, which is how we first met. For years Glenn has been one of the leaders producing the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy for high school and college students in the metro area. He has spent countless hours in this endeavor, which is really a free journalism boot camp for students. And it really IS a boot camp. He has enlisted journalists from all disciplines to participate and has worked diligently with The Kansas City Star organization to help produce the student newspaper, which is a culmination of the academy.

“I would be remiss if I did not mention that Glenn has held high offices in the National Association of Black Journalists — once overseeing a multimillion-dollar budget as treasurer. He was honored by the organization with the ‘Salute to Excellence Award.’

‘“Success is accepting the challenge of the difficult.’ I remember when Glenn paired with Lewis Diuguid on a very public discussion titled ‘The N-word: Have We Really Come That Far?’

‘“Success is discovering your best talents, skills, and abilities and applying them where they will make the most effective contribution to your fellow men.’

“So last, but certainly not least, I will address another dimension of Glenn that has far-reaching community results. Glenn is devoted to his fraternity, Omega Psi Phi.

“A member of the Omicron Xi chapter, Glenn has a full page resume of fraternity credentials and experiences. He has received the Superior Service Award, served as vice president of his chapter and is the current coordinator for the sons of the Success/Project Manhood mentoring program.

“Making a difference in our community with our boys and young men is a worthwhile and meaningful endeavor that points to yet another Glenn Rice success.

“Finally, ‘Success is not arriving at the summit of a mountain as a final destination. It is a continuing upward spiral of progress. It is perpetual growth.’

“I remain a cheerleader of Glenn E. Rice and salute all that he has contributed to our community. He is a ‘quiet leader’ whose words matter, whether in printed form or verbally.

“I can think of no one more deserving of this Community Service Award than Glenn, who has given so much and has so many successes attached to his name. I know that he is always seeking professional and personal growth. His talents, skills, and abilities make an indelible mark on our community.

“So as we celebrate the legacies of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Rev. Nelson “Fuzzy” Thompson, we also celebrate Glenn E. Rice with the presentation of the Community Service Award.”

After hugging Anita, Glenn then responded in accepting the honor before the lunchtime audience:

“You do not have to worry. I won’t be up here very long because I don’t want to be the person to stand in the way of your hearing our keynote speaker, Kevin Willmott.

But seriously, I thank God for His continued grace, mercy and forgiveness.

I would like to thank the executive board and members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City and in particular the Rev. Vernon Percy Howard Jr., Arlana Coleman, the Rev. Sam Earnest Mann and Wesley Fields Esq. for this wonderful and cherished recognition.

I am deeply honored and humbled to receive this award during a luncheon named in honor of the Rev. Nelson “Fuzzy” Thompson, a man whose friendship I cherished and someone who made his life’s work the unrelenting pursuit for social justice and equality.

“Most importantly, I would like to thank my wonderful and beautiful wife, Charlotte, the love of my life whose sage advice, wise counsel and unconditional love and good cooking have sustained me for nearly 30 years. I know of no other person who is as smart, accomplished, warm, loving and thoughtful as you. Thank you for standing by my side; for pushing me and even sometimes dragging me to the finish line.

“To my daughter, Zayne Haley Allean, thank you for allowing me to be your father. Thank you for being the epitome and the living embodiment of God’s daily blessings. Thank you making fun of me when I needed it and forgiving me for those countless times when I have or had tried to embarrass you. I love you more than life itself and I am so proud of the young woman you are and the one that you are becoming.

“My mother, Jewel Rice, is here. Thank you raising me, for all of the sacrifices that you made raising six hard-headed kids all by yourself in that small three-bedroom house at 24th and Agnes streets. Well, maybe I was the only hard-headed one. But thank you Momma for getting up long before ‘early’ every day to catch the Metro bus in the frigid temperatures of the winter and swelter of the summer to go work that didn’t pay you enough and when you were bone-dead tired. Yet, through it all you possessed the perseverance to keep going. Thank you for working two jobs and for going without so that your children didn’t go to bed hungry or cold. Thank you for making me go to Sunday school, morning service, afternoon service, evening service and Wednesday prayer meeting and Bible study.  I guess y’all can tell that I was raised in the church. I am grateful to love of my siblings — Billy, Jackie, Lorenzo, Denise and Roy.

“I would like to thank my mentor and big brother, Lewis Walter Diuguid, for your unconditional tough love when I needed it and your brotherly advice even when I didn’t ask for it.

“Anita Parran is my (s)hero. Thank you for being my friend and mentor. I want to be like you when I grow up.

“I am grateful to the editors and my colleagues at The Kansas City Star, past, present and in the future. I have worked at The Star for more than 30 years. That is exactly 29 and half years longer than I deserved to be there and thank you Lacy Banks and Helen Gray for building that bridge. I would be remiss if I did not thank Lisa Lopez, who hired me to be a copy clerk.

I mentioned my colleagues at The Star last for a reason. We live in challenging times, and the role of a free and independent press is more important today than at any other time in our nation’s history.

“So before I sit down, I simply ask you to support your local newspapers — The Kansas City Star, but especially The Kansas City Call, The Kansas City Globe, The Hispanic News and Dos Mundos — the true soldiers without swords.

“I ask you to not only read local but also subscribe local.

“And when you see something you like, and in particular the news stories that I write, please retweet them, and share them on the Facebook — because I need all of the page views that I can get. But let the editors know as well. When we get something wrong, please let us know. Please don’t unsubscribe and unfollow us the Twitter. Hold us accountable.

“Remember it was the free press that reported on social injustices that occurred during the height of the civil rights struggle then and now. It wasn’t easy then and it isn’t easy now.

“As journalists, we never expect recognition because that’s not why we do our jobs or got into the business. And my wife will tell you that it ain’t for the pay.

We show up to work every day, try to do our jobs by asking those tough questions, try to bring comfort to the suffering, a voice to the voiceless and try to hold the powerful accountable. That is why we continue to need your support; especially when you know who shouts — fake news.

“But this award that I am receiving today is extra special because it means that my labor has not been in vain. And to be recognized by your community is especially heart-warming, enriching, humbling and special.

“And with that, please accept my heart-felt and sincere thank you.”

NABJ News

The National Association of Black Journalists is teaming up with Reuters to provide journalists with the opportunity to earn a master’s degree. The deadline to apply is Feb. 28. For more information on the Reuters-NABJ Graduate Fellowship go to https://www.nabj.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1184710&group=.

Registration and hotel accommodations are now open for NABJ Presents: Basics Bootcamp 2019 scheduled for Feb. 15-16, 2019 at Shaw University in Raleigh, NC. Panels will lead training sessions that will include the new media ecosystem; identifying, cultivating and effectively using sources and social media; digital ethics including copy-editing, privacy and trespassing; real-time field reporting and writing; building an online portfolio; and constructing content for online audiences. For more information go to https://www.nabj.org/event/BasicsBootcamp2019?utm_source=Registration+and+hotel+accommodations+now+open+for+NABJ+Presents%3A+The+Basics+Boo&utm_campaign=Devo+18&utm_medium=email.

NABJ took a stand against CBS news’ lack of diversity in its new hires for coverage of the 2020 presidential election. Of the 12 staffers, not one is African American.

“It is unfortunate that we are still having these discussions about diversity and inclusion,” said NABJ President Sarah Glover. “Ironically last year the 50th anniversary of the Kerner Commission Report was a major topic and now in 2019 we’re still asking media organizations specifically, and society as a whole to do the right thing.  CBS’s political team takes previously heralded steps back half a century.”

In response, CBS said the team that was announced is “an initial wave of what will be an outstanding and diverse group of journalists assigned to cover the 2020 election for CBS News.”

The NABJ Region III conference will take place April 5-6 in Birmingham, Ala. The theme is “Code Switching: Reporting the Virtual Truth.” For more information go to https://www.nabj.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1166033&group=&utm_source=Registration+and+hotel+accommodations+now+open+for+NABJ+Region+III+Conference&utm_campaign=Devo+18&utm_medium=email.

 

KCABJ Membership Application for 2019

Mail this 2019 application with your $35 check or money order ($25 for students) to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64171. It covers your annual membership dues. Membership entitles you to receive the KCABJ monthly newsletter sent via email and emailed monthly meeting notices.

 

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