Good afternoon, CCO community! Did you see the latest article in our series on how faith impacts the social justice perspectives of Kansas Citians? "Islam and America's Unwritten Rules on Race" by Shahid A. Abdus-Salaam is one you won't want to miss. Be watching our blog, Facebook, and Twitter to see all the articles in this series.

We have many events coming up that we hope to see you at:


Go from idea to income with our "Start Your Business" Entrepreneurial Workshop! On Saturday, April 22, from 10 am to 2 pm, CCO and EconAvenue will host a free workshop on how to launch the successful business you've always envisioned. We will discuss and share local resources, hear ideas from business experts, and work on changing local culture to provide ongoing support to new business owners like you.

This event will take place at the NBC Community Development Corporation (event host), 735 Walker Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66101. RSVP today.


Attend our "Taste of Kansas City" Reception at the American Jazz Museum at 18th and Vine! On Thursday, April 27, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, come meet the famous White Privilege Conference speakers, including Michael Eric Dyson, Glenn Singleton, Peggy McIntosh, John D. Palmer, Eddie Moore Jr., James W. Loewen, and more.

You will enjoy a tour of the American Jazz and National Negro League museums, KC BBQ, a cash bar, music, book signings, and spoken word artists.

Purchase your ticket(s) here or contact Marquita Taylor at to become an official sponsor, which includes several unique benefits. Free transportation by Hobson's Limousines will be provided to the first 100 White Privilege Conference participants to purchase tickets for the reception.


Bring your young adult to a Youth Lock-in! CCO is co-hosting a lock-in for young men ages 12-19 on Friday, April 28, from 5 pm to midnight, with a lock-in for young women ages 12-19 the next night, Saturday, April 29, from 5 pm to midnight. Both are free!

As part of the Global Youth Initiative, these will not only be nights of fun and games, but also character-building activities and leadership development. They will take place at the Gregg/Klice Community Center (1600 Buck O'Neil Way, Kansas City, Missouri 64108). RSVP here.


Join our "Burden of a Criminal Record" event. On Tuesday, May 2, from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm, we will explore the barriers to re-entry faced by previously incarcerated Wyandotte County residents and what can be done to overcome these challenges.

This powerful event will take place in the auditorium of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library (625 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66101). Please RSVP.


Have a great week!