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people are expected to attend. The luncheon keynote speak er is Dr. Julianne Malveaux, an economist, author and founder of Last Word Productions, Inc. The emcee is Denver Nuggets' public address announcer, Kyle Speller. Community Day (Saturday) of the summit features Kelvin Boston in a day-long Moneywise Empowerment Seminar along with author/educator Dennis Kimbro, Ph.D., and celebrity nutritionist/fitness specialist Robert Ferguson, MS, CN. Moneywise is considered public television's longest running multi-cultural financial affairs series. To address the economic clout of ethnic media, Saturday also offers a session with

Kathryn C. Clay Writes Second Book Springfield, MO—The Ladies publishing her second book, Civil League (LCL) will hold a “Abstract Rhythms of the Heart,” which will be released in July. book signing Friday, May 10, Kathy’s talent 2013, 7:00 at the CStreet Event Center for writing was not 306 W. Commercial learned but comes as Street a natural gift. Originally from Spring(Parking is available field, Missouri and in the rear for your convenience) a 1969 graduate of This event will be Central High School, held in support of she now resides in Ft. Worth, Texas. the LCL scholarship, it will begin at 6:00 After many years p.m. with a silent of working on the Kathryn C. Clay auction and social BNSF Railroad, she is hour, followed by a book signing now retired and spends her time writing, working with her book by our guest poetry writer. Former Springfield resident clubs and volunteering for Meals Kathryn C. Clay has been writon Wheels. This event is free and ing for many years. She is now open to everyone.

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by Vera Jane Goodin Schultz Unite Contributing Writer “We didn’t have enough people to sit even one person on each pew,” Rev. T.J. Appleby of Timmons Temple recalled his early days as pastor at the historic stone church by Silver Springs Park. At that time, First Lady Anitra Appleby made 15 church bulletins and had some left over after each service. Rev. Appleby was officially installed as pastor in December 2003, several months after they arrived in Springfield thanks to a job transfer. Rev. Appleby works for the Federal Bureau of Prisons as a Case Manager and is set to retire in January 2014. He looks forward to concentrating completely on pastoring. Timmons Temple Church of continued on page 2

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Springfield, MO—Six individuals were honored Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the NAACP Annual Freedom Fund Celebration at the Howard Johnson Hotel. “Teamwork makes the dream work” was this year’s theme for the event, held by the Springfield chapter of the National Association for

the Advancement of Colored sented to local community People. members and organiJoplin Mayor Mezations at the event. lodee Colbert-Kean The Business Partner was the guest speakaward was given to er at the celebration Midtown Carnegie and focused on the Branch Library, Lyle question, “Are you a Foster received the Joplin Mayor, Melodee team member, or are Drum Major award Colbert-Kean you just a member?” and Dr Nate Quinn received continued on page 2 Several awards were prePhoto by Springfield News-Leader

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God in Christ is Rev. Appleby’s first pastorship; he has been Assistant Pastor at a church in North Carolina and in West Virginia. Of the beginning at Timmons, Rev. Appleby said, “It was tough and a bit discouraging. I told the Lord you sent me all the way here to preach to eight or ten people. The Lord was very clear letting me know just wait, just be patient and they are coming.” And they did come. “We’ve totally outgrown this facility. We must move. We can’t really do all the ministries that we have to do and are trying to do because we have no space,” Rev. Appleby said. For example the Missions Ministry lacks space for a Clothes Closet and a Food Pantry. Sunday Schools are not able to divide into age appropriate groups. The Music Ministry, central to the church, needs space to rehearse. There is no nursery. “We’d like to have tutoring and after-school programs, but we don’t have the facilities,” Mother Appleby said. Although Timmons Temple is important in the history of Springfield’s African American community, the congregation’s growth means the building is for sale. “This church has been a pillar in Springfield for many years and I’m sure there are people who have mixed emotions about it being something else,” Mother Appleby said. “There is so much tie-in here and so many people who have their roots here and came here when they were children and remember their moms and dads talking about being here. There’s probably in the community some real mixed emotions

about us even putting it on the market,” Rev. Appleby said. Rev. Appleby called the building’s original construction “a great walk of faith.” “The church was named for Elder Carter Timmons. He built the church,” Rev. Appleby said, adding, “When you think about when it was built in 1932 and what was happening in our country then with the Great Depression, imagine what it would take for a group of poor Black people in that day to try to build a church when at the same time you are struggling to make ends meet and put food on the table.” In its heyday, the church was a major religious center. As Rev. Appleby put it, Timmons Temple “was the major rocking church of holiness. This was where it was happening.” He described what it used to be like. “On Sundays back then the church would be totally packed. In the summertime, they would raise the windows and people would come with lawn chairs or sit in their cars with their windows down so they could hear the service because there wasn’t enough room for them.” Timmons pastored the church until his death in 1975. Then the church went through long periods without pastors, and with visiting preachers. The congregation dwindled. “One Sunday there were about ten of us here. I stood up there and said I want you to do me a favor. Look around at all these empty pews. The Lord told me that one of these days every pew was going to be filled up. And soon our choir would be filled up and soon we would have musicians,” Rev. Appleby said. Today’s congregation is thriving. “We envision that the Lord will grow our congregation to be much bigger. And we will be able to fully do what our mission

statement says for us to do,” Rev. Appleby said. That mission is: “To stand as a Beacon of hope for those who have lost their way. To embrace each individual as one of God’s most prized possessions. To enjoy and appreciate the blessings of God, in this present world, while lifting up a standard of holiness in our service to Jesus

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continued from page 1 who could not support it because the "demand was greater than the supply." However, because of popular demand, another fish fry will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the American Legion Post 125, 1339 East Division, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The menu includes catfish fillet, spaghetti, greens, coleslaw, cornbread and dessert for a donation of $8.00 or a fish sandwich and coleslaw for a $5.00 donation. This is the second project

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the Educational Partner award. The association also awarded Shelia Burton the Community Service award, Nora England received the Woman of Honor award and the Springfield NAACP Youth Scholarship went to Alicia Johnson. The Jacquelin Waugh Foster Scholarship went to Jerrie Montana Bryant. Mark Dixon, chairman and ex-

Christ our Lord.” Of the future, Rev. Appleby said, “As soon as we move into our new edifice our name will change and we will be called Sanctuary of Praise. The Lord gave us that name; our slogan will be because praise is what we do. So in some sense it will be shedding off the past and we will be forging a new path.”

of a campaign to raise funds for the 2013 Annual Park Day Celebration. This is in response to rising costs, but also because of extremely low participation in 2012. SRC and the Springfield Greene County Park Board are committed to sponsoring Park Day. However, community support of the fundraising campaign as well as support of Park Day are vital to the scholarship program as well as funding for future Park Days. Watch the Unite for announcements on other fundraisers as well as new and exciting plans for Park Day 2013. ecutive director of the BartleyDecatur Neighborhood Center, delivered the “I Have a Dream” speech, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous words. There were about 200 in attendance at the hotel’s conference room during the event. Association president, Cheryl Clay, said the crowd was amazing & to be honest it was kind of over whelming and humbling.

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The Springfield Sister Cities Association is pleased to announce its annual celebration of Mexican arts and culture, ArtsFiesta!, is moving to Park Central Square this year. This year ArtsFiesta! will be FREE of charge, and beer from Springfield’s own Mother’s Brewing Company will be available for purchase on site, along with Mexican-themed food. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Free parking is readily available at the two car parks just west of the Square, public lots at Olive and Boonville and elsewhere downtown.

Restaurant Review: Kai Sushi Lounge and Bar by Lyle Foster Unite Contributing Writer Kai Sushi Lounge and Bar 306 South Campbell.... Hours... 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to closing (check for day of week) Whooo Hooo! We are going sushi this month and are expanding our taste buds and horizons! Many of you who are regular readers know that I am not the most adventurous in terms of certain cuisines ....so yes I get it.....why are you writing a restaurant column... well in some ways because eating today is a total experience and food is a part of it. But I am open and willing to try... so we are taking you downtown STown to a local hotspot that was voted best downtown restaurant in the News-Leader poll. I have been here once before but I knew it was time to go again and I was fortunate to go with some friends who could also expand the taste testing. The atmosphere at Kai is definitely upscale and in some ways comes off as almost of a night club atmosphere. There are two levels... I might describe the upstairs as a little more formal and in some respects depending on where you sit as slightly intimate. The downstairs has a good sized bar and depending on the time and evening may also have a disc jockey as well. The colors express a rich palette that is comfortable but formal enough if you want to dress to impress a guest. In fact this is a great spot to take a date or someone you are trying to show that you are large and in charge! How you like that? For those of you who want something stronger to drink than iced tea and water you will be well refreshed as they have a very ample drink menu and martini list as well. I will only say to protect the innocent that we did some samples and everyone was very satisfied. We did have some sushi...the same people own Kai that own

Haruno on the southside of the town and we all know (if you like sushi that is ) that the sushi there is bomb!!! Kai has the cool names for the sushi rolls that we all like and the ingredients are fresh and well prepared. I wasn't with the most daring sushi eaters but we did have some California rolls and the Jurassic Park is great as well. When it comes to sushi the key is having fish that is fresh as possible. A good idea is to ascertain what fish is the freshest and eat selections based on that. Fortunately Kai has a good reputation for having fresh fish. We ordered several great entres.... I am very partial to salmon and it was very moist and tender and well prepared.....just about delicious in fact. It was prepared with a teriyaki sauce and advertises as being Atlantic salmon. The rice was moist and the Japanese style vegetables were fresh and very tasty. I will admit that my dish was so good that I decided I would visit again very soon to have it again. One of my seatmates had the chicken teriyaki (do you notice a theme?) and it came with hibachi vegetables which again were very good. Now on the surface teriyaki seasoning may seem a no brainer but I have had teriyaki which was not the greatest....but this was pretty, pretty good. We were well satisfied. The menu includes a lot of steak and seafood and Kobe beef which we will have to come back to try. The wait staff were pleasant enough although there were some reviews online that complained about rude staff but that was not our experience. My philosophy with wait staff is be pleasant and expect the same in return Everyone may have some less than great days but we hope it does not affect the service experience. We all enjoyed Kai and yours truly plans to go back and yes I will try something else on the Sushi menu as well. Overall Rating 3 1/2 slaps!!!

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Health & Mental Fitness Tips and Tricks for Seasonal Allergies by Dr. Tyeese Gaines, M.D. for Black Health Matters.com Finally, it’s the start of spring weather. But, for some, it also means the start of allergy season. With sneezing, coughing, stuffy nose and itchy, watery eyes, they’re simply miserable this time of year. Believe it or not, allergy symptoms are actually the body trying to help out. The body considers allergens like mold and pollen to be foreign invaders. When the nose clogs and the eyes water, for example, the body is trying to keep those invaders from getting inside. It just so happens that it makes allergy sufferers miserable in the process. Dust mites, mold, and pollen—from trees, grass or weeds—are the biggest spring allergy offenders. So how can you avoid being so uncomfortable this allergy season? Let’s take a look at a few tips and tricks. Natural Remedies If you’re not a big fan of antihistamine medications, try a couple of natural options. Ginger root. Put pieces of fresh ginger in a teapot or teacup and pour hot water into it to make a tea. Ginger has antibacterial properties and serves as a natural antihistamine. Nettle extract. You can buy

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May 18 Starts The Summer Reading Program At The Library by Kathleen O’Dell , Springfield-Greene County Library District May 18 starts the fun, prizefilled Summer Reading Program at the Library, and we hope all ages will sign up this year. The Summer Reading Program is not only fun, but it helps students of all ages significantly improve their reading skills. The more you read, the better you get! Parents can sign up for the Tiny Tots program. Babies and toddlers need books, too! Sharing stories, songs and rhymes introduce little ones to books and language. Reading, playing and singing are ways to help them get ready to learn to read. They’re part of the Racing to Read, the Library’s early literacy program that supports parents with great books and activities that give tots from birth to preschool the skills they will need when it’s time to learn to read. Drop by the children’s department of any Library branch or Mobile Library for a Tiny Tots Gameboard and record 10 books and complete five of the simple activities listed there. When you are finished, bring your game board to your library to pick out a free board book for your child, and be entered into a drawing for other prizes. Kids from age 4 to fifth grade can sign up for the program, which runs May 18-Aug. 3. Register and pick up a free game board at any Library branch or the Mobile Library and begin logging their reading time to win a Food ‘n’ Fun Flipcard full of free and continued on page 5

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A Few Thoughts For Our 2013 Graduates did. The moment when you are called up to the stage to receive your diploma, in your cap and gown, is a moment to savor. However, this To the 2013 Springis only the beginning of field Public School a long journey — the graduates, Congratulaworld is waiting for you. tions! As you prepare for The future lies before this journey on the road you, Like a field of called life here are a driven snow, Be careful few thoughts you might how you tread it, For Gwen Marshall want to take with you: every step will show. 1. Find and pursue your passion ~Author Unknown 2. Get better at trusting yourself Graduation Day is a day to and learn to be bold mark a tremendous accomplish3. Do not let others define who ment. You could not have come you are to this day without a lot of hard 4. Dream Big! work. There may have been “You know, it's very simple. You days when you felt that you can't put a large box in a small could not continue, and yet you Gwendolyn Marshall Office of Cultural Diversity, SPS

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The Apostles have been likened unto the Stylistics. Their toe-tapping, hand-clapping, harmonious sounds and thoughtprovoking lyrics make their latest cd, “Mission Possible” a great edition to any music library. The Apostles released “Mission Possible” in January 2013. Prior to the release of the cd, their single “ Winner in You”, soared to #7 on the European Independent Gospel charts. The Apostles include: Jacquelyn Etienne, Earnest Faust, and Marlon Graves. If the name Marlon Graves sounds familiar it’s because he was born and raised in Springfield. “It all began for me in Springfield and I appreciate the foundation I got there,” Graves said. During his time in Springfield, Graves was a member of the local hip/hop group called C.A.D. (Central Against Drugs). Graves left Springfield in the early 90’s with a football scholarship to Kemper Military Junior College. He pursued a football career while earning a degree from Baker University. After graduation his ambitions of a professional football career were interrupted by a rare heart condition. Graves recalls how he lay in the hospital bed reading the book of Job in his Bible. He was particularly moved by the passage, “have you considered by servant Job? There is no one on earth like him…a man who fears God and shuns evil.” In that moment, Graves vowed to

dedicate his gifts to God. Shortly thereafter, Graves met Earnest Faust Jr. who was looking to start a gospel group. Graves and Faust Jr. became founding members of The Apostles. “We are happy with how God has blessed us because we really don’t do this for the money,” Graves said. The Apostles have had the opportunity to take the ministering music to most of the major cities in the U.S. They have had the distinguished honor of opening for gospel artists like Fred Hammond, Kirk Franklin, and John P. Kee. The Apostles are also scheduled to appear on Bobby Jones Gospel in May 2013. “You know my experience in Springfield really motivated me to use my talent, Graves said. I remember getting my start singing “ I won’t sit down on the Lord” in my grandmother’s church when I was 5. I went on get opportunities to sing at Gibson Presbyterian, Pitts Chapel, and Deliverance Temple. I learned a lot.” Graves along with the other group members maintain full time jobs and travel as opportunities arise. “We are just humble individuals singing for God’s glory, Graves said. We sing and there is an amazing domino effect… lives are changed.” The Apostles have not performed in the Springfield area yet but Graves says he does hope to bring their music back home. Their current CD, “Mission Possible” may be purchased at apostleslive.com or on most MP-3 sites. Currently, The Apostles are back in the studio working on a sophomore CD.

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Barrier Breakers Conference 2013 at Faith Tabernacle, May 3, 4 Springfield, MO—Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church is presenting the Barrier Breakers Conference 2013. The purpose of this conference is to aid individuals in breaking through barriers in their personal, spiritual, and ministry functions. The conference will be held at Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church on Friday May 3rd, at 7:00 pm and Saturday, May 4th at 9 a.m. Registration for the conference is $15. On Saturday, lunch will be provided at a cost of $10. Suffragan Bishop Titus Stewart will be speaking Friday night and District Elder

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LifeStyle&EntertainmentNews Movie Review: “42” by Lyle Foster Unite Contributing Writer

sional level. The film was written and directed by Brian Helgeland and “Tomorrow we will all wear stars Chadwick Boseman and 42 and they won’t be able to tell Harrison Ford. the difference” Mr. Boseman plays the part What a powerful line and of Jackie and Harrison Ford what a reality check of some of plays the character of Branch the advances that we have made Rickey the Brooklyn Dodgers in the last few decades. general manager Everything is not all who decided to sign right but we have come Jackie Robinson to a a long way from the professional baseball era in which the major contract. In doing so leagues were contemhe put himself and plating allowing Jackie the team on the firing Robinson to become line for a lot of public the first black man to outcry and even death Lyle Foster play professional basethreats. Likewise, ball. Jackie Robinson Those of us in Springfield had to make a decision to should find particular interest be man enough to not fight in this movie because of the back through the unthinkable references to the Negro baseprejudice that he had to face in ball league and in particular the breaking the barriers that he Kansas City Monarchs. That did. was a pleasant twist and if anyThe truth is the movie would one has not visited the museum be worth seeing if the acting, it is certainly worth the drive to directing and production were Kansas City to see it. subpar or even terrible because Well, I rarely say this but this the storyline is so compelling, is a movie that is a must and if but in this case the acting was you have to drive, walk or ride superb and the action very the bus...take yourself and Bebe believable and told a compliand Nane to see it because it cated story with sensitivity and is beautiful, powerful and poirespect. gnant. No wonder it opened The fact that several of first at the box office the week Jackie’s teammates were well that it came out. known baseball icons as well I really get concerned that added to the power of the story. some people do not have a clue The movie was done extremely who Jackie Robinson was and tastefully which is another don’t fully understand the door reason I encourage you to see that he opened. He was the it… I hope no one will be disforerunner of all that we know appointed but the movie was in professional athletics today. actually made with no nudity, no It is almost hard to fathom that sex scenes (maybe a tiny one), he had to endure what he did to profanity only in the context swing a bat and play America’s of it being a movie about basefavorite pastime at the profesball… and it was good without

grandchildren need to know the all of the above. There were story. several other strong characters It is great that this story has as well including Nicole Beharie a good ending in the movie and (Jackie’s wife), Christopher in real life… the number 42 was Meloni (Leo Durocher) and retired for all teams by Major Andre Holland as Wendell League Baseball making it the Smith. first number in sports to be Jackie Robinson’s story ceruniversally retired. And there tainly shows one response to is one happy racism… he let exception his bat do the to that…on talking as to April 15 which react himself would surely is Jackie have set all Robinson day efforts back players from to break the every team color line in proudly wear baseball… even the number amongst his 42 to honor teammates he this American was not initially hero. The welcomed. 66th anniverTo tell a sary of Jackie story that Robinson Day contained this was just a few 2013 Warner Bros. Pictures much history weeks ago. without making it overly gratuThe quote at the beginning of itous or lopsided takes a skillful this review was uttered by one careful script and this movie has of Jackie’s teammates in the one. film after another day of racially But it also has something charged epithets being hurled else….a convincing story delivat Jackie and it fit in so perfectly ered with raw emotion and a when it was said. That is a very strong cast. I came into great hope… it is only sad that the movie expecting it to be at it was speaking to a situation least decent… I left in awe. I over 66 years ago and we could didn’t know if I really wanted still say it today as well. to share this with you because The movie 42 is a movie that it makes me feel a little too I will look forward to seeing involved but the controlled rage again and again and I will never and the extent of insults Jackie watch a baseball game quite the Robinson was portrayed as same way again. Mr. Robinson enduring in the movie left me at thank you for what you endured one point gripped with emotion. to change baseball and Warner Let me leave it at that… it got Brothers and Legendary through. Pictures thank you for bringing This movie needs to be seen us such a well done film. Play and discussed and learned ball! from… and our children and Movie Score: 98 out of 100

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continued from page 3 discounted treats. Read more to earn a Fresh Start Fine Waiver Card, a free book and be entered into drawings for more end-ofsummer prizes. Teens in grades 6-12 can sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Program at thelibrary.org/beneath, read and post reviews, attend fun Library programs and earn the Food ‘n’ Fun Flipcard and a Fresh Start Fine Waiver Card. Keep reading and be entered into weekly drawings for

fun prizes. Grand prize drawing Aug. 5 is for a Kindle Fire. Adults can get in on the fun and prizes, too. Drop by any branch for more information and register there or online at thelibrary. org/groundbreakingreads after you’ve read five books. You will receive a gift and be entered into a drawing on Aug. 5 for one of several prizes. Kathleen O’Dell is community relations director of the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at kathleeno@thelibrary.org

Reserve Your Booth At The 2013 Springfield Juneteenth Celebration Springfield, MO—Missouri State University will partner this year with the NAACP to co-sponsor the Juneteenth Celebration. The observance of June 19 as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guests in cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions join hands to acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. In honor of Juneteenth in Springfield, Missouri, come hear and see music presentations, poetry, praise dancing and visit booths from various community organizations. Where: Silver Springs Park When: June 15, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. As always, we need community support to help make our Juneteenth celebration a hit! In support of the celebration, community organizations can

have a booth for only $20. To create an inclusive event with participation from any community organization, youth group or ministry, please contact Francine Pratt at fpratt@missouristate. edu for booth and performance information (food vendors are welcome). If you are interested in participating in the Springfield Youth Community Choir and Praise Dance, contact Ms. Coritha Vaughn at (573)-268-4420 or by email, vaughnc3g@yahoo.com. You can also contact Minister Gwen Marshall at (417)-8699590. The Springfield Youth Community Choir will rehearse at Deliverance Temple Ministries on May 25 and June 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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First Annual Legacy Of Mothers Luncheon Set For May 19th Springfield, MO—First Annual Legacy Of Mothers luncheon. The Legacy of Mothers Luncheon is a celebration of your mothers lives... Past, present, or eternal. The luncheon is scheduled for May 19, 2013 at 3:00 pm at the Executive Conference Center, 910 W Battlefield.

Tickets for the event are $20. Proceeds from the event will go to the American Cancer Society in honor of Evelyn "Annie " Hairston. Lois Blakey. and Mary "Nanny" Shockley. For more info or tickets contact Gloria Hairston Hereford. 417576-5140

Musical Celebration… “A Night in White.” Friday, May 25, at Washington Ave Springfield, MO– In conjunction with the third anniversary of Senior Pastor, Dr. Edward L. Alexander, Washington Avenue Baptist Church, will be hosting a Musical Celebration… “A Night in White” on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. The concert will feature guest songstress, soloists

and choirs from the Kansas City and Springfield, MO areas. Pastor Alexander’s Third Anniversary celebration service will be held Sunday morning, May 26, 2013 at 10:45 a.m. You are invited to join us - come and be blessed! For more information, contact Washington Avenue Baptist Church at 417-866-2750.

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A Directory of free or low cost Business Assistance Minorities In Business Monthly Networking Meeting 417.861-0760 Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce www.spfldchamber.com 417.862.5567 Small Business Administration (SBA) www.sba.gov 417.864.7670 Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) www.score.org 417.864.7670 Drury University - Breech Center / Student in Free Enterprise www.drury.edu 417.873.7243 Ozarks Technical Community College www.otc.edu 417.895.7158 The Library Center Business Reference thelibrary.springfield.missouri.org 417.874.8110

Small Business & Technology Development Center

sbtdc.missouristate.edu 417.836.5685 • Loan assistance • Financial analysis • Business planning • Marketing products • Trademark searches • Training seminars (business planning, business valuation, business management, finance, human resources, QuickBooks, marketing and international trade)

The MoneySection Carl “Bo” Davis Will Be The Speaker At The May 7, Minorities-In-Business Meeting Springfield, MO— Carl Davis, known as Bo by family and friends, will be the featured speaker at the Minorities in Business meeting at 5:15 pm, May 7, at Q Enoteca, 308 W. Commercial St. Bo grew up in Hartville as one of 13 children, and as such, learned quickly how to stand out in a crowd. He's a man of many passions and incorporates them all into his work, service, and personal time.

As an avid outdoorsman, passion for his hunting dogs. His entrepreneurial endeavBo spends much of his time ors continue with the ownership enjoying the outdoors as the of Bo's Black Angus Farms and owner of Advanced Lawn Care he runs approxi& Fertilizer. He mately 300 head MIB Monthly Meeting also serves on the Tuesday, May 7, 2013 of registered and advisory committee 5:15 p.m. at commercial cows. for the landscaping Q Enoteca, A skilled cattleman 318 W. Commercial St program at Ozarks and a former meat Technical College. cutter, Bo lends Bo makes his love of outdoors his expertise of meat cutting to a family affair, spending time Convoy of Hope as well. His hunting and fishing with his zeal for all that he does is truly children. Beau also has a great infectious, wherever he may be.

Consider A Home Inspection Before You Sell market, I recommend the Buyer purchase their own home inspection prior to closing. While there is less likelihood If you are thinking of selling of finding a major repair issue, your home and you don't like conditions can change. Systems surprises, do yourself a huge that work fine today can fail favor, get an independent home tomorrow, and a five inspection before you minute hail storm can sell. Not only will the damage a roof. It is iminspection alert you to portant to remember hidden defects you may that there is no perfect not have been aware house; repairs of some of, it is also an effecsort are ongoing. tive marketing tool. By When choosing a discovering and corKim Jones home inspector, make recting defects prior sure they are professionto offering the home for al. Most realty companies have sale, you can often avoid long, messy contract negotiations due a list of reputable inspectors to unforeseen repairs and also available upon request. Prices lessen the time on the market. vary according to the square Buyers will appreciate the effort, footage of the home. Average time and money spent to ensure cost is from $250 - $300. Most they are buying a quality home inspectors now require payment which will often be reflected in a at time of inspection; however, higher purchase price. there are still a few who allow Even if the home has been buyers to pay at closing. inspected prior to being on the by Kim Jones Unite Contributing Writer

A typical home inspection will take 2 - 3 hours to complete. It will include the roof, attic, appliances, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, wiring, foundation, crawlspace and overall structure of the home. For an additional fee, a termite inspection can be included. After completion, you will receive a detailed written report usually within 48 hours. It will indicate safety hazards, areas of concern, and those requiring general maintenance. Most will also include a handy seasonal maintenance guide to help keep your home in tip-top shape. There are many less common types of inspections (i.e., well/septic, mold, lead and radon). These are usually requested at the buyer's discretion and require inspectors certified in those areas. Buying or selling, get a home inspection. It will save you money, time and stress.

Black Economic Summit Slated For May 31 - June 1, 2013 in Colorado; Economist Dr. Julianne Malveaux to Keynote Luncheon

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African American Community Organizations Directory Mark A. Dixon Bartley-Decatur Neighborhood Center 918 E. Calhoun Springfield, MO 65802 417-719-4300 www.bartley-decatur.org American Legion Post Norvel Stafford 1339 E. Division St Springfield, MO 65803 417-862-9123

Economist Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Denver, CO -- The Mountain Region Black Economic Summit has announced the 8th Annual MRBES Success Summit & Expo to be held on May 31 and June 1 at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center. The theme is "In-

form, Inspire, Imagine!" The summit, which seeks to improve the economic standing of minority communities, is the only event of its kind in the mountain states. More than 750 continue on page 12

Conzy Mitchell-Burns, President Ladies Civic League Provides scholarships for youth P. O. Box 8296 Springfield, MO 65801 417-894-0399 Robert Looney, Ozarks Golf Club, Inc Spfld. Community Center 618 N. Benton Springfield, MO 65806 Sidney Needem, Sec., Sherman Avenue Project Committee, Inc. Housing Org. 1228 N. Sherman Springfield, MO 65802 417-865-1203 W.M. Herman Burkett, Jr. Prince Hall Masons Truth Lodge #151 P.O. Box 8063 Springfield, MO 65801 417-890-5180

Trauma

Stroke

Heart Attack

With Missouri’s new Time Critical Diagnosis System, emergency care starts the minute you call 911. The system brings together 911, emergency medical responders and hospitals in a new way to provide quicker response and higher-quality care for trauma, stroke and heart attack.

Minutes matter. Call 911. Missouri’s New

Time Critical Diagnosis System for emergency medical care

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AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER Services provided on a nondiscriminatory basis.

Wesley Pratt The Gathering A Community Action Group For more information call 417-987-7809 Shelia Burton, President Lincoln Memorial Cemetery Board, Inc. P.O. Box 9282 Springfield, MO 65801 417-877-0668

Lynette Adams, Worthy Matron Order Of Eastern Star Greater Truth Chapter #88 P.O. Box 9412 Springfield, MO 65801 417-866-6878 Calvin L. Allen, Exec. Director Springfield Community Center- Family Achievement Academy 911 E. Division St Springfield, MO 65803 417-866-4359 Cheryl Clay, President Springfield Branch N.A.A.C.P. P.O. Box 8983 Springfield, MO 65801 Meetings are every third Saturday of the month from 1:30-2:30 p.m. 417-873-6386 Flora (Pat) Looney, President Our Night Out Social & Charitable Org. 417-866-2387 James Pike, President Springfield Reunion Club Organizes the Annual Park Day/ Reunion Weekend 1447 N. Hampton Springfield, MO 65802 417-869-0183 Meeting every first Monday Willie Carter, Director Victory Circle Peer Support Inc 2101 W. Chestnut Expwy Springfield, MO 65802 417-894-0188 Support group for men in recovery Samuel G. Knox Unite of SWMO, Inc. Publishes the Unite Publication; presenters of the Annual Springfield Multicultural Festival 2101 W. Chestnut Expwy. Springfield, MO 65802 Phone: 417-864-7444 unitepublication@yahoo.com www.unitenewsonline.org

If you are a part of a Springfield African American Community Organization, we want to hear from you. Please send the name of your organization, address, phone number and a contact person to Unite., P. O. Box 1745, Springfield, MO 65801


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A Directory of free or low cost Business Assistance Minorities In Business Monthly Networking Meeting 417.861-0760 Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce www.spfldchamber.com 417.862.5567 Small Business Administration (SBA) www.sba.gov 417.864.7670 Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) www.score.org 417.864.7670 Drury University - Breech Center / Student in Free Enterprise www.drury.edu 417.873.7243 Ozarks Technical Community College www.otc.edu 417.895.7158 The Library Center Business Reference thelibrary.springfield.missouri.org 417.874.8110

Small Business & Technology Development Center

sbtdc.missouristate.edu 417.836.5685 • Loan assistance • Financial analysis • Business planning • Marketing products • Trademark searches • Training seminars (business planning, business valuation, business management, finance, human resources, QuickBooks, marketing and international trade)

The MoneySection Carl “Bo” Davis Will Be The Speaker At The May 7, Minorities-In-Business Meeting Springfield, MO— Carl Davis, known as Bo by family and friends, will be the featured speaker at the Minorities in Business meeting at 5:15 pm, May 7, at Q Enoteca, 308 W. Commercial St. Bo grew up in Hartville as one of 13 children, and as such, learned quickly how to stand out in a crowd. He's a man of many passions and incorporates them all into his work, service, and personal time.

As an avid outdoorsman, passion for his hunting dogs. His entrepreneurial endeavBo spends much of his time ors continue with the ownership enjoying the outdoors as the of Bo's Black Angus Farms and owner of Advanced Lawn Care he runs approxi& Fertilizer. He mately 300 head MIB Monthly Meeting also serves on the Tuesday, May 7, 2013 of registered and advisory committee 5:15 p.m. at commercial cows. for the landscaping Q Enoteca, A skilled cattleman 318 W. Commercial St program at Ozarks and a former meat Technical College. cutter, Bo lends Bo makes his love of outdoors his expertise of meat cutting to a family affair, spending time Convoy of Hope as well. His hunting and fishing with his zeal for all that he does is truly children. Beau also has a great infectious, wherever he may be.

Consider A Home Inspection Before You Sell market, I recommend the Buyer purchase their own home inspection prior to closing. While there is less likelihood If you are thinking of selling of finding a major repair issue, your home and you don't like conditions can change. Systems surprises, do yourself a huge that work fine today can fail favor, get an independent home tomorrow, and a five inspection before you minute hail storm can sell. Not only will the damage a roof. It is iminspection alert you to portant to remember hidden defects you may that there is no perfect not have been aware house; repairs of some of, it is also an effecsort are ongoing. tive marketing tool. By When choosing a discovering and corKim Jones home inspector, make recting defects prior sure they are professionto offering the home for al. Most realty companies have sale, you can often avoid long, messy contract negotiations due a list of reputable inspectors to unforeseen repairs and also available upon request. Prices lessen the time on the market. vary according to the square Buyers will appreciate the effort, footage of the home. Average time and money spent to ensure cost is from $250 - $300. Most they are buying a quality home inspectors now require payment which will often be reflected in a at time of inspection; however, higher purchase price. there are still a few who allow Even if the home has been buyers to pay at closing. inspected prior to being on the by Kim Jones Unite Contributing Writer

A typical home inspection will take 2 - 3 hours to complete. It will include the roof, attic, appliances, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, wiring, foundation, crawlspace and overall structure of the home. For an additional fee, a termite inspection can be included. After completion, you will receive a detailed written report usually within 48 hours. It will indicate safety hazards, areas of concern, and those requiring general maintenance. Most will also include a handy seasonal maintenance guide to help keep your home in tip-top shape. There are many less common types of inspections (i.e., well/septic, mold, lead and radon). These are usually requested at the buyer's discretion and require inspectors certified in those areas. Buying or selling, get a home inspection. It will save you money, time and stress.

Black Economic Summit Slated For May 31 - June 1, 2013 in Colorado; Economist Dr. Julianne Malveaux to Keynote Luncheon

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African American Community Organizations Directory Mark A. Dixon Bartley-Decatur Neighborhood Center 918 E. Calhoun Springfield, MO 65802 417-719-4300 www.bartley-decatur.org American Legion Post Norvel Stafford 1339 E. Division St Springfield, MO 65803 417-862-9123

Economist Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Denver, CO -- The Mountain Region Black Economic Summit has announced the 8th Annual MRBES Success Summit & Expo to be held on May 31 and June 1 at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center. The theme is "In-

form, Inspire, Imagine!" The summit, which seeks to improve the economic standing of minority communities, is the only event of its kind in the mountain states. More than 750 continue on page 12

Conzy Mitchell-Burns, President Ladies Civic League Provides scholarships for youth P. O. Box 8296 Springfield, MO 65801 417-894-0399 Robert Looney, Ozarks Golf Club, Inc Spfld. Community Center 618 N. Benton Springfield, MO 65806 Sidney Needem, Sec., Sherman Avenue Project Committee, Inc. Housing Org. 1228 N. Sherman Springfield, MO 65802 417-865-1203 W.M. Herman Burkett, Jr. Prince Hall Masons Truth Lodge #151 P.O. Box 8063 Springfield, MO 65801 417-890-5180

Trauma

Stroke

Heart Attack

With Missouri’s new Time Critical Diagnosis System, emergency care starts the minute you call 911. The system brings together 911, emergency medical responders and hospitals in a new way to provide quicker response and higher-quality care for trauma, stroke and heart attack.

Minutes matter. Call 911. Missouri’s New

Time Critical Diagnosis System for emergency medical care

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER Services provided on a nondiscriminatory basis.

Wesley Pratt The Gathering A Community Action Group For more information call 417-987-7809 Shelia Burton, President Lincoln Memorial Cemetery Board, Inc. P.O. Box 9282 Springfield, MO 65801 417-877-0668

Lynette Adams, Worthy Matron Order Of Eastern Star Greater Truth Chapter #88 P.O. Box 9412 Springfield, MO 65801 417-866-6878 Calvin L. Allen, Exec. Director Springfield Community Center- Family Achievement Academy 911 E. Division St Springfield, MO 65803 417-866-4359 Cheryl Clay, President Springfield Branch N.A.A.C.P. P.O. Box 8983 Springfield, MO 65801 Meetings are every third Saturday of the month from 1:30-2:30 p.m. 417-873-6386 Flora (Pat) Looney, President Our Night Out Social & Charitable Org. 417-866-2387 James Pike, President Springfield Reunion Club Organizes the Annual Park Day/ Reunion Weekend 1447 N. Hampton Springfield, MO 65802 417-869-0183 Meeting every first Monday Willie Carter, Director Victory Circle Peer Support Inc 2101 W. Chestnut Expwy Springfield, MO 65802 417-894-0188 Support group for men in recovery Samuel G. Knox Unite of SWMO, Inc. Publishes the Unite Publication; presenters of the Annual Springfield Multicultural Festival 2101 W. Chestnut Expwy. Springfield, MO 65802 Phone: 417-864-7444 unitepublication@yahoo.com www.unitenewsonline.org

If you are a part of a Springfield African American Community Organization, we want to hear from you. Please send the name of your organization, address, phone number and a contact person to Unite., P. O. Box 1745, Springfield, MO 65801


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LifeStyle&EntertainmentNews Movie Review: “42” by Lyle Foster Unite Contributing Writer

sional level. The film was written and directed by Brian Helgeland and “Tomorrow we will all wear stars Chadwick Boseman and 42 and they won’t be able to tell Harrison Ford. the difference” Mr. Boseman plays the part What a powerful line and of Jackie and Harrison Ford what a reality check of some of plays the character of Branch the advances that we have made Rickey the Brooklyn Dodgers in the last few decades. general manager Everything is not all who decided to sign right but we have come Jackie Robinson to a a long way from the professional baseball era in which the major contract. In doing so leagues were contemhe put himself and plating allowing Jackie the team on the firing Robinson to become line for a lot of public the first black man to outcry and even death Lyle Foster play professional basethreats. Likewise, ball. Jackie Robinson Those of us in Springfield had to make a decision to should find particular interest be man enough to not fight in this movie because of the back through the unthinkable references to the Negro baseprejudice that he had to face in ball league and in particular the breaking the barriers that he Kansas City Monarchs. That did. was a pleasant twist and if anyThe truth is the movie would one has not visited the museum be worth seeing if the acting, it is certainly worth the drive to directing and production were Kansas City to see it. subpar or even terrible because Well, I rarely say this but this the storyline is so compelling, is a movie that is a must and if but in this case the acting was you have to drive, walk or ride superb and the action very the bus...take yourself and Bebe believable and told a compliand Nane to see it because it cated story with sensitivity and is beautiful, powerful and poirespect. gnant. No wonder it opened The fact that several of first at the box office the week Jackie’s teammates were well that it came out. known baseball icons as well I really get concerned that added to the power of the story. some people do not have a clue The movie was done extremely who Jackie Robinson was and tastefully which is another don’t fully understand the door reason I encourage you to see that he opened. He was the it… I hope no one will be disforerunner of all that we know appointed but the movie was in professional athletics today. actually made with no nudity, no It is almost hard to fathom that sex scenes (maybe a tiny one), he had to endure what he did to profanity only in the context swing a bat and play America’s of it being a movie about basefavorite pastime at the profesball… and it was good without

grandchildren need to know the all of the above. There were story. several other strong characters It is great that this story has as well including Nicole Beharie a good ending in the movie and (Jackie’s wife), Christopher in real life… the number 42 was Meloni (Leo Durocher) and retired for all teams by Major Andre Holland as Wendell League Baseball making it the Smith. first number in sports to be Jackie Robinson’s story ceruniversally retired. And there tainly shows one response to is one happy racism… he let exception his bat do the to that…on talking as to April 15 which react himself would surely is Jackie have set all Robinson day efforts back players from to break the every team color line in proudly wear baseball… even the number amongst his 42 to honor teammates he this American was not initially hero. The welcomed. 66th anniverTo tell a sary of Jackie story that Robinson Day contained this was just a few 2013 Warner Bros. Pictures much history weeks ago. without making it overly gratuThe quote at the beginning of itous or lopsided takes a skillful this review was uttered by one careful script and this movie has of Jackie’s teammates in the one. film after another day of racially But it also has something charged epithets being hurled else….a convincing story delivat Jackie and it fit in so perfectly ered with raw emotion and a when it was said. That is a very strong cast. I came into great hope… it is only sad that the movie expecting it to be at it was speaking to a situation least decent… I left in awe. I over 66 years ago and we could didn’t know if I really wanted still say it today as well. to share this with you because The movie 42 is a movie that it makes me feel a little too I will look forward to seeing involved but the controlled rage again and again and I will never and the extent of insults Jackie watch a baseball game quite the Robinson was portrayed as same way again. Mr. Robinson enduring in the movie left me at thank you for what you endured one point gripped with emotion. to change baseball and Warner Let me leave it at that… it got Brothers and Legendary through. Pictures thank you for bringing This movie needs to be seen us such a well done film. Play and discussed and learned ball! from… and our children and Movie Score: 98 out of 100

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continued from page 3 discounted treats. Read more to earn a Fresh Start Fine Waiver Card, a free book and be entered into drawings for more end-ofsummer prizes. Teens in grades 6-12 can sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Program at thelibrary.org/beneath, read and post reviews, attend fun Library programs and earn the Food ‘n’ Fun Flipcard and a Fresh Start Fine Waiver Card. Keep reading and be entered into weekly drawings for

fun prizes. Grand prize drawing Aug. 5 is for a Kindle Fire. Adults can get in on the fun and prizes, too. Drop by any branch for more information and register there or online at thelibrary. org/groundbreakingreads after you’ve read five books. You will receive a gift and be entered into a drawing on Aug. 5 for one of several prizes. Kathleen O’Dell is community relations director of the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at kathleeno@thelibrary.org

Reserve Your Booth At The 2013 Springfield Juneteenth Celebration Springfield, MO—Missouri State University will partner this year with the NAACP to co-sponsor the Juneteenth Celebration. The observance of June 19 as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guests in cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions join hands to acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. In honor of Juneteenth in Springfield, Missouri, come hear and see music presentations, poetry, praise dancing and visit booths from various community organizations. Where: Silver Springs Park When: June 15, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. As always, we need community support to help make our Juneteenth celebration a hit! In support of the celebration, community organizations can

have a booth for only $20. To create an inclusive event with participation from any community organization, youth group or ministry, please contact Francine Pratt at fpratt@missouristate. edu for booth and performance information (food vendors are welcome). If you are interested in participating in the Springfield Youth Community Choir and Praise Dance, contact Ms. Coritha Vaughn at (573)-268-4420 or by email, vaughnc3g@yahoo.com. You can also contact Minister Gwen Marshall at (417)-8699590. The Springfield Youth Community Choir will rehearse at Deliverance Temple Ministries on May 25 and June 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Subscribe To The Unite Publication Only $25. per year

Call: (417) 864-7444

First Annual Legacy Of Mothers Luncheon Set For May 19th Springfield, MO—First Annual Legacy Of Mothers luncheon. The Legacy of Mothers Luncheon is a celebration of your mothers lives... Past, present, or eternal. The luncheon is scheduled for May 19, 2013 at 3:00 pm at the Executive Conference Center, 910 W Battlefield.

Tickets for the event are $20. Proceeds from the event will go to the American Cancer Society in honor of Evelyn "Annie " Hairston. Lois Blakey. and Mary "Nanny" Shockley. For more info or tickets contact Gloria Hairston Hereford. 417576-5140

Musical Celebration… “A Night in White.” Friday, May 25, at Washington Ave Springfield, MO– In conjunction with the third anniversary of Senior Pastor, Dr. Edward L. Alexander, Washington Avenue Baptist Church, will be hosting a Musical Celebration… “A Night in White” on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. The concert will feature guest songstress, soloists

and choirs from the Kansas City and Springfield, MO areas. Pastor Alexander’s Third Anniversary celebration service will be held Sunday morning, May 26, 2013 at 10:45 a.m. You are invited to join us - come and be blessed! For more information, contact Washington Avenue Baptist Church at 417-866-2750.

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A Few Thoughts For Our 2013 Graduates did. The moment when you are called up to the stage to receive your diploma, in your cap and gown, is a moment to savor. However, this To the 2013 Springis only the beginning of field Public School a long journey — the graduates, Congratulaworld is waiting for you. tions! As you prepare for The future lies before this journey on the road you, Like a field of called life here are a driven snow, Be careful few thoughts you might how you tread it, For Gwen Marshall want to take with you: every step will show. 1. Find and pursue your passion ~Author Unknown 2. Get better at trusting yourself Graduation Day is a day to and learn to be bold mark a tremendous accomplish3. Do not let others define who ment. You could not have come you are to this day without a lot of hard 4. Dream Big! work. There may have been “You know, it's very simple. You days when you felt that you can't put a large box in a small could not continue, and yet you Gwendolyn Marshall Office of Cultural Diversity, SPS

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box. Well, you cannot put a full life in a small dream box.” — Zerhouni 5. Take initiative and get in the game. “You have a choice. You can either be a passive victim of circumstance or you can be the active hero of your own life.” — Whitford 6. Be as persistent as you can be and do not give up “Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.” - Dyson 7. Learn to fail or fail to learn “In life, the things that go wrong are often the very things that lead to other things going right.” — Huffington 8. You do not need to be perfect “Have the courage to accept that you’re not perfect, nothing is, and no one is — and that’s OK.” — Couric 9. Use your imagination and your creativity 10. Remind yourself to be present 11. If you think you can, you Important Dates To Remember May 16, 2013 Last Day Of School (Two Hour Early Release) Graduations May 9, 2013

can ! You never know what is around the corner unless you peek... 12. If you cannot embrace change, at least give it a hug once in a while 13. Work hard and keep walking the road “Just remember, you can't climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets.” — Schwarzenegger 14. Try selflessness and give back 15. The road to success begins with you And Remember: For the best verse hasn't been rhymed yet, The best house hasn't been planned, The highest peak hasn't been climbed yet, The mightiest rivers aren't spanned, Don't worry and fret, faint hearted, The chances have just begun, For the Best jobs haven't been started, The Best work hasn't been done. — Berton Braley

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The Apostles have been likened unto the Stylistics. Their toe-tapping, hand-clapping, harmonious sounds and thoughtprovoking lyrics make their latest cd, “Mission Possible” a great edition to any music library. The Apostles released “Mission Possible” in January 2013. Prior to the release of the cd, their single “ Winner in You”, soared to #7 on the European Independent Gospel charts. The Apostles include: Jacquelyn Etienne, Earnest Faust, and Marlon Graves. If the name Marlon Graves sounds familiar it’s because he was born and raised in Springfield. “It all began for me in Springfield and I appreciate the foundation I got there,” Graves said. During his time in Springfield, Graves was a member of the local hip/hop group called C.A.D. (Central Against Drugs). Graves left Springfield in the early 90’s with a football scholarship to Kemper Military Junior College. He pursued a football career while earning a degree from Baker University. After graduation his ambitions of a professional football career were interrupted by a rare heart condition. Graves recalls how he lay in the hospital bed reading the book of Job in his Bible. He was particularly moved by the passage, “have you considered by servant Job? There is no one on earth like him…a man who fears God and shuns evil.” In that moment, Graves vowed to

dedicate his gifts to God. Shortly thereafter, Graves met Earnest Faust Jr. who was looking to start a gospel group. Graves and Faust Jr. became founding members of The Apostles. “We are happy with how God has blessed us because we really don’t do this for the money,” Graves said. The Apostles have had the opportunity to take the ministering music to most of the major cities in the U.S. They have had the distinguished honor of opening for gospel artists like Fred Hammond, Kirk Franklin, and John P. Kee. The Apostles are also scheduled to appear on Bobby Jones Gospel in May 2013. “You know my experience in Springfield really motivated me to use my talent, Graves said. I remember getting my start singing “ I won’t sit down on the Lord” in my grandmother’s church when I was 5. I went on get opportunities to sing at Gibson Presbyterian, Pitts Chapel, and Deliverance Temple. I learned a lot.” Graves along with the other group members maintain full time jobs and travel as opportunities arise. “We are just humble individuals singing for God’s glory, Graves said. We sing and there is an amazing domino effect… lives are changed.” The Apostles have not performed in the Springfield area yet but Graves says he does hope to bring their music back home. Their current CD, “Mission Possible” may be purchased at apostleslive.com or on most MP-3 sites. Currently, The Apostles are back in the studio working on a sophomore CD.

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Barrier Breakers Conference 2013 at Faith Tabernacle, May 3, 4 Springfield, MO—Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church is presenting the Barrier Breakers Conference 2013. The purpose of this conference is to aid individuals in breaking through barriers in their personal, spiritual, and ministry functions. The conference will be held at Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church on Friday May 3rd, at 7:00 pm and Saturday, May 4th at 9 a.m. Registration for the conference is $15. On Saturday, lunch will be provided at a cost of $10. Suffragan Bishop Titus Stewart will be speaking Friday night and District Elder

Fred Nunn Jr. will be speaking Saturday. Child care will be provided with free lunch for children. Hotel accommodations are available. To reserve your place for the Saturday Sessions, call 417-3002796, choose two seminars that interest you. Each seminar will be 40 minutes beginning at 9 a.m. If you are unable to attend the Saturday session please come and join us at the Friday night service. If you have any questions please contact Malesha Bailey @ 417-300-2796 or baileymalesha@ yahoo.com

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Health & Mental Fitness Tips and Tricks for Seasonal Allergies by Dr. Tyeese Gaines, M.D. for Black Health Matters.com Finally, it’s the start of spring weather. But, for some, it also means the start of allergy season. With sneezing, coughing, stuffy nose and itchy, watery eyes, they’re simply miserable this time of year. Believe it or not, allergy symptoms are actually the body trying to help out. The body considers allergens like mold and pollen to be foreign invaders. When the nose clogs and the eyes water, for example, the body is trying to keep those invaders from getting inside. It just so happens that it makes allergy sufferers miserable in the process. Dust mites, mold, and pollen—from trees, grass or weeds—are the biggest spring allergy offenders. So how can you avoid being so uncomfortable this allergy season? Let’s take a look at a few tips and tricks. Natural Remedies If you’re not a big fan of antihistamine medications, try a couple of natural options. Ginger root. Put pieces of fresh ginger in a teapot or teacup and pour hot water into it to make a tea. Ginger has antibacterial properties and serves as a natural antihistamine. Nettle extract. You can buy

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May 18 Starts The Summer Reading Program At The Library by Kathleen O’Dell , Springfield-Greene County Library District May 18 starts the fun, prizefilled Summer Reading Program at the Library, and we hope all ages will sign up this year. The Summer Reading Program is not only fun, but it helps students of all ages significantly improve their reading skills. The more you read, the better you get! Parents can sign up for the Tiny Tots program. Babies and toddlers need books, too! Sharing stories, songs and rhymes introduce little ones to books and language. Reading, playing and singing are ways to help them get ready to learn to read. They’re part of the Racing to Read, the Library’s early literacy program that supports parents with great books and activities that give tots from birth to preschool the skills they will need when it’s time to learn to read. Drop by the children’s department of any Library branch or Mobile Library for a Tiny Tots Gameboard and record 10 books and complete five of the simple activities listed there. When you are finished, bring your game board to your library to pick out a free board book for your child, and be entered into a drawing for other prizes. Kids from age 4 to fifth grade can sign up for the program, which runs May 18-Aug. 3. Register and pick up a free game board at any Library branch or the Mobile Library and begin logging their reading time to win a Food ‘n’ Fun Flipcard full of free and continued on page 5

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God in Christ is Rev. Appleby’s first pastorship; he has been Assistant Pastor at a church in North Carolina and in West Virginia. Of the beginning at Timmons, Rev. Appleby said, “It was tough and a bit discouraging. I told the Lord you sent me all the way here to preach to eight or ten people. The Lord was very clear letting me know just wait, just be patient and they are coming.” And they did come. “We’ve totally outgrown this facility. We must move. We can’t really do all the ministries that we have to do and are trying to do because we have no space,” Rev. Appleby said. For example the Missions Ministry lacks space for a Clothes Closet and a Food Pantry. Sunday Schools are not able to divide into age appropriate groups. The Music Ministry, central to the church, needs space to rehearse. There is no nursery. “We’d like to have tutoring and after-school programs, but we don’t have the facilities,” Mother Appleby said. Although Timmons Temple is important in the history of Springfield’s African American community, the congregation’s growth means the building is for sale. “This church has been a pillar in Springfield for many years and I’m sure there are people who have mixed emotions about it being something else,” Mother Appleby said. “There is so much tie-in here and so many people who have their roots here and came here when they were children and remember their moms and dads talking about being here. There’s probably in the community some real mixed emotions

about us even putting it on the market,” Rev. Appleby said. Rev. Appleby called the building’s original construction “a great walk of faith.” “The church was named for Elder Carter Timmons. He built the church,” Rev. Appleby said, adding, “When you think about when it was built in 1932 and what was happening in our country then with the Great Depression, imagine what it would take for a group of poor Black people in that day to try to build a church when at the same time you are struggling to make ends meet and put food on the table.” In its heyday, the church was a major religious center. As Rev. Appleby put it, Timmons Temple “was the major rocking church of holiness. This was where it was happening.” He described what it used to be like. “On Sundays back then the church would be totally packed. In the summertime, they would raise the windows and people would come with lawn chairs or sit in their cars with their windows down so they could hear the service because there wasn’t enough room for them.” Timmons pastored the church until his death in 1975. Then the church went through long periods without pastors, and with visiting preachers. The congregation dwindled. “One Sunday there were about ten of us here. I stood up there and said I want you to do me a favor. Look around at all these empty pews. The Lord told me that one of these days every pew was going to be filled up. And soon our choir would be filled up and soon we would have musicians,” Rev. Appleby said. Today’s congregation is thriving. “We envision that the Lord will grow our congregation to be much bigger. And we will be able to fully do what our mission

statement says for us to do,” Rev. Appleby said. That mission is: “To stand as a Beacon of hope for those who have lost their way. To embrace each individual as one of God’s most prized possessions. To enjoy and appreciate the blessings of God, in this present world, while lifting up a standard of holiness in our service to Jesus

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continued from page 1 who could not support it because the "demand was greater than the supply." However, because of popular demand, another fish fry will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the American Legion Post 125, 1339 East Division, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The menu includes catfish fillet, spaghetti, greens, coleslaw, cornbread and dessert for a donation of $8.00 or a fish sandwich and coleslaw for a $5.00 donation. This is the second project

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the Educational Partner award. The association also awarded Shelia Burton the Community Service award, Nora England received the Woman of Honor award and the Springfield NAACP Youth Scholarship went to Alicia Johnson. The Jacquelin Waugh Foster Scholarship went to Jerrie Montana Bryant. Mark Dixon, chairman and ex-

Christ our Lord.” Of the future, Rev. Appleby said, “As soon as we move into our new edifice our name will change and we will be called Sanctuary of Praise. The Lord gave us that name; our slogan will be because praise is what we do. So in some sense it will be shedding off the past and we will be forging a new path.”

of a campaign to raise funds for the 2013 Annual Park Day Celebration. This is in response to rising costs, but also because of extremely low participation in 2012. SRC and the Springfield Greene County Park Board are committed to sponsoring Park Day. However, community support of the fundraising campaign as well as support of Park Day are vital to the scholarship program as well as funding for future Park Days. Watch the Unite for announcements on other fundraisers as well as new and exciting plans for Park Day 2013. ecutive director of the BartleyDecatur Neighborhood Center, delivered the “I Have a Dream” speech, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous words. There were about 200 in attendance at the hotel’s conference room during the event. Association president, Cheryl Clay, said the crowd was amazing & to be honest it was kind of over whelming and humbling.

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The Springfield Sister Cities Association is pleased to announce its annual celebration of Mexican arts and culture, ArtsFiesta!, is moving to Park Central Square this year. This year ArtsFiesta! will be FREE of charge, and beer from Springfield’s own Mother’s Brewing Company will be available for purchase on site, along with Mexican-themed food. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Free parking is readily available at the two car parks just west of the Square, public lots at Olive and Boonville and elsewhere downtown.

Restaurant Review: Kai Sushi Lounge and Bar by Lyle Foster Unite Contributing Writer Kai Sushi Lounge and Bar 306 South Campbell.... Hours... 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to closing (check for day of week) Whooo Hooo! We are going sushi this month and are expanding our taste buds and horizons! Many of you who are regular readers know that I am not the most adventurous in terms of certain cuisines ....so yes I get it.....why are you writing a restaurant column... well in some ways because eating today is a total experience and food is a part of it. But I am open and willing to try... so we are taking you downtown STown to a local hotspot that was voted best downtown restaurant in the News-Leader poll. I have been here once before but I knew it was time to go again and I was fortunate to go with some friends who could also expand the taste testing. The atmosphere at Kai is definitely upscale and in some ways comes off as almost of a night club atmosphere. There are two levels... I might describe the upstairs as a little more formal and in some respects depending on where you sit as slightly intimate. The downstairs has a good sized bar and depending on the time and evening may also have a disc jockey as well. The colors express a rich palette that is comfortable but formal enough if you want to dress to impress a guest. In fact this is a great spot to take a date or someone you are trying to show that you are large and in charge! How you like that? For those of you who want something stronger to drink than iced tea and water you will be well refreshed as they have a very ample drink menu and martini list as well. I will only say to protect the innocent that we did some samples and everyone was very satisfied. We did have some sushi...the same people own Kai that own

Haruno on the southside of the town and we all know (if you like sushi that is ) that the sushi there is bomb!!! Kai has the cool names for the sushi rolls that we all like and the ingredients are fresh and well prepared. I wasn't with the most daring sushi eaters but we did have some California rolls and the Jurassic Park is great as well. When it comes to sushi the key is having fish that is fresh as possible. A good idea is to ascertain what fish is the freshest and eat selections based on that. Fortunately Kai has a good reputation for having fresh fish. We ordered several great entres.... I am very partial to salmon and it was very moist and tender and well prepared.....just about delicious in fact. It was prepared with a teriyaki sauce and advertises as being Atlantic salmon. The rice was moist and the Japanese style vegetables were fresh and very tasty. I will admit that my dish was so good that I decided I would visit again very soon to have it again. One of my seatmates had the chicken teriyaki (do you notice a theme?) and it came with hibachi vegetables which again were very good. Now on the surface teriyaki seasoning may seem a no brainer but I have had teriyaki which was not the greatest....but this was pretty, pretty good. We were well satisfied. The menu includes a lot of steak and seafood and Kobe beef which we will have to come back to try. The wait staff were pleasant enough although there were some reviews online that complained about rude staff but that was not our experience. My philosophy with wait staff is be pleasant and expect the same in return Everyone may have some less than great days but we hope it does not affect the service experience. We all enjoyed Kai and yours truly plans to go back and yes I will try something else on the Sushi menu as well. Overall Rating 3 1/2 slaps!!!

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Kathryn C. Clay Writes Second Book Springfield, MO—The Ladies publishing her second book, Civil League (LCL) will hold a “Abstract Rhythms of the Heart,” which will be released in July. book signing Friday, May 10, Kathy’s talent 2013, 7:00 at the CStreet Event Center for writing was not 306 W. Commercial learned but comes as Street a natural gift. Originally from Spring(Parking is available field, Missouri and in the rear for your convenience) a 1969 graduate of This event will be Central High School, held in support of she now resides in Ft. Worth, Texas. the LCL scholarship, it will begin at 6:00 After many years p.m. with a silent of working on the Kathryn C. Clay auction and social BNSF Railroad, she is hour, followed by a book signing now retired and spends her time writing, working with her book by our guest poetry writer. Former Springfield resident clubs and volunteering for Meals Kathryn C. Clay has been writon Wheels. This event is free and ing for many years. She is now open to everyone.

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Hayg Oshagan Ph.D., director of NMM, which represents a network of 100+ ethnic and minority media in the State of Michigan. "We are employing as many tools as possible to bring awareness to economic health," says Ladd. For more information about the MRBES Success Summit & Expo and to register, visit www. mrbes.com. MRBES was established in 2005, Mountain Region Black Economic Summit, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, produces the annual economic summit and expo that brings together financial, business and human resources to stimulate learning and growth among Colorado's minority communities.

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Joplin Mayor Is Guest Speaker At NAACP Banquet The Apostles, Music Trio

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Springfield, MO—Six individuals were honored Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the NAACP Annual Freedom Fund Celebration at the Howard Johnson Hotel. “Teamwork makes the dream work” was this year’s theme for the event, held by the Springfield chapter of the National Association for

the Advancement of Colored sented to local community People. members and organiJoplin Mayor Mezations at the event. lodee Colbert-Kean The Business Partner was the guest speakaward was given to er at the celebration Midtown Carnegie and focused on the Branch Library, Lyle question, “Are you a Foster received the Joplin Mayor, Melodee team member, or are Drum Major award Colbert-Kean you just a member?” and Dr Nate Quinn received continued on page 2 Several awards were prePhoto by Springfield News-Leader

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