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February 2012 Volume 22/ Number 2 • A Monthly Publication of Unite. of Southwest Missouri, Inc •

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Plan To Attend African American Heritage Month Events...See Details On Page 5

Building Empowering Connections In Our Diverse Community

Dear Community, On behalf of the 2012 Springfield Multicultural Festival committee, I want to personally thank everyone who helped in making the 2012 event a huge success. Your participation as a sponsor, exhibitor, performer, volunteer or supporter helped us connect this year with over 1,500 visitors. Our goal is to highlight the positive qualities of our city while celebrating the many cultures that have contributed to our community and our countries’ greatness. Best Regard, Samuel Knox,

Event Coordinator & Unite Managing Editor

Minorities In Business Honors Local Leaders Springfield, MO— Three outstanding Springfield citizens will be honored for their contributions to the community at the Dr. Leslie Anderson

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Vickie Winans To Appear In Concert In Waynesville, MO, March 3

Vickie Winans

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Rosalind Brewer, Named CEO of Sam's Club Bentonville, AR -- Wal-Mart Stores (WMT), the world's biggest retailer, said Friday that it has named Rosalind Brewer CEO of Sam's Club - the first woman and the first AfricanContinued on Page 10

Exploring The E-Verify Ballot Issue by Joe Robles, Guest Writer for Unite Publication

social groups, schools, The Minutemen insist hospitals, colleges, that ethnicity will be convention centers, a part of their process, and churches. something in direct Question 1 on the February Traps from legal contradiction to the 7th ballot, if passed, is a knee-jerk contradictions abound. ordinance itself. reaction that will undermine busiBecause of the amazOur businesses ness growth in Springfield. The ingly broad definition cannot operate with a Joe Robles Minutemen version of the federal of work: “any job, hodgepodge of local pilot program known as E-verify talk, employment, labor, perand state regulations for national is not the same as the federal pilot sonal services or any activity,” problems. It complicates how program. This version contains astonishingly, businesses and to operate, creates uncertainty in many traps non-profits will be the marketplace, disadvantages for businesses held responsible for The citizens of Springfield, and ultimately will because of its Springfield deserve the actions of those cost jobs by disproportionately contradictory, ordinances that are with whom they do burdening the engines of Springpoorly written, carefully considered, business, includfield’s economy, small businesses. over-reaching, clearly defined, and ing subcontractors, The Chamber of Commerce vaguely defranchisees and their deliberately legal. urges this proposal be rejected fined terms and employees, and staffbecause it contains illegal porscope. ing agencies, even tions. The Minutemen want this The text of the ordinance though they cannot legally take ordinance passed so that it can be clearly illustrates its extreme responsibility for the verification. fixed. reach! “Business entity“ means Including current as well as new A proposal of this magnitude any person or groups of persons hires, this ordinance takes place deserves serious consideration. performing or engaging in any immediately upon passage with The citizens of Springfield deactivity … for gain, benefit, adno phase in period, and subseserve ordinances that are carefully vantage or livelihood, whether for quently. There is no true safe considered, clearly defined, and profit or not for profit.” The Fedharbor. deliberately legal. eral E-verify is about “employComplaint driven and with Common sense tells us we ers and newly hired employees” no consequences for frivolous shouldn’t pass a bad law, one that who are paid a “wage.” Question complaints, Question 1 sets the is filled with traps, contradictions 1 replaces it with a definition stage for harassment by disthat includes individuals, very and vague over-reaching terms. gruntled employees, competitors, small businesses, family farms, It’s bad for business and bad for and zealots. What is considered and non-profits--faith, civic and Springfield. a “valid” complaint is relative.


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Second Annual Minorities in Business Heritage Awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Q Enoteca, 308 W. Commercial St. Minorities in Business promotes economic development and business opportunities through advocacy, networking, community development and capacity-building for minority businesses and entrepreneurs in the greater Springfield area. Denny Whayne will receive the Achievement Award in recognition of his lifelong leadership in the Springfield community. In addition to serving two terms on the Springfield City Council, he has served in

volunteer leadership positions for the United Way, Springfield Community Center, Boys and Girls Clubs and Missouri State University. He led the successful effort to have the Benton Street Bridge renamed the Martin Denny Whayne Luther King Bridge and was involved in many community betterment efforts including the development of the US 65 bypass corridor, Jordan Valley Health Center, the regional crime laboratory and the regional airport. Dr. Leslie Anderson, associ-

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ate professor at Missouri State University, will receive the Advocacy Award. During her tenure as interim Vice President in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at Missouri State, Dr. Anderson chaired the Summit for Diversity and Joe Robles Economic Development which engaged 76 community organizations, businesses, faith and educational institutions. She chaired the President’s Commission for Diversity at Missouri State for four years and has been involved in many community activities, including serving as a trainer for the Facing Racism curriculum sponsored by the Springfield

Area Chamber of Commerce. Joe Robles, owner of Joe Robles State Farm Insurance, will receive the Community Service Award in honor of his many community activities. He serves on the board of directors of Crime Stoppers for the Greater Springfield Area, the Minorities in Business Executive Council and the Missouri State Vice President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion. He serves as marketing chair for BNI-Business By Referral Chapter and is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. Most recently, he has been a leader in the grassroots campaign to educate voters about a proposed e-verify ordinance. The public is invited to attend the awards ceremony. Please RSVP to Kayla Boyd at 417-8636262.

Vickie Winans

singer Vickie Winans will appear in concert at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 3 at The Ark Community and Sports Center, 25625 Hwy 17, Waynesville, MO. The public is invited. Tickets for the conference are $45 and include a conference bag, t-shirt and a ticket to the concert. Tickets for the concert only are $25 each. For more information please call (573) 433-6117 or (573) 528-2898. Tickets may be purchased locally by calling (417)869-1443.

continued from page 1 Waynesville, MO—The Still Useable Ministries, a St. Roberts, MO non-profit organization founded in 2005, will host their 2012 Women's Conference, "The Secret Place," Wednesday through Saturday, March 1-4, at Grace Covenant Christian Center, 25715 Hwy 17, Waynesville, MO. Guest speakers will be Dr. Yvonne Capehart, Pastor Valencia Hines and Bishop Rob Webb. World renowned gospel

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Obituary

Dr. Stewart "Tiggy" Fulbright, 92 was called home to the Lord unexpectedly on Sunday January 1, 2012. He was a loving, caring man who will be greatly missed by his family and friends across the globe. Dr. Fulbright was born in Springfield, Missouri to the late Stewart B. Fulbright Sr. and Anna D. Dr Stewart B. Fulbright Jr. Fulbright. An avid reader and scholar at a young age, he completed his undergraduate studies at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO where he landed his first teaching position as a French professor. He subsequently obtained a MBA from the University of Chicago and was one of the first 10 African Americans to obtain a Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He received the Congressional Gold Medal for his service as a Tuskegee Airmen and was the first Dean of the School of Business at North Carolina Central University (in fact he was the last instructor hired by NCCU's Founder, James E. Shepard). To this day his former students speak lovingly of him as the best professor on NCCU's campus. President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed him to the Advisory Committee for the Commodity Credit Corporation. He was also appointed by the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare to the Committee on Education and Training for Minority Business. Dr. Fulbright was a long time and active member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, serving as a member of the senior choir, a trustee, and treasurer for the building fund.

Dr. Fulbright recently celebrated 68 years of marriage to his college sweetheart, Della Marie. He is survived by his two children, Gina FulbrightPowell (Christopher Powell) of Silver Spring, MD and Edward Fulbright (Genevia Gee Fulbright) of Durham and a granddaughter, Camille Fulbright. He is also survived by his sister

Marilyn Fisher (Howard) of Las Vegas, NV, sister-in-law Theresa Fulbright-Curtis of Chicago, Illinois and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his two brothers Lilburn Fulbright and Adolph Fulbright In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be sent to organizations that he loved,

the newly established Dr Stewart B. Fulbright Memorial Fund where donations can be sent to the NCCU Foundation, P.O. Box 19565 Durham, NC 27707, write Dr. Stewart B. Fulbright Memorial Fund in the memo section, or the Covenant Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 2620 Weaver Street Durham, NC.

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4 Civility Discussion At The Library by Kathleen O’Dell , Springfield-Greene County Library District Civility, compassion, community – they’re valuable qualities we try to foster in our children and fellow citizens. But how do we do that, exactly? The Springfield-Greene County Civility Project gave us a framework in April 2011 with its “10 Tenets of Civility.” Like the Golden Rule, they’re guidelines for treating people with respect, patience and honesty. Near the one-year anniversary of the Civility Project, we’re ready for the next step. The Library District, with the Civility Project, Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the Interfaith Alliance of the Ozarks, have partnered on a series, “Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion.” The project is possible through a grant from the American Library Association and the Fetzer Institute. Beginning with a photo contest open to everyone Feb.1-24, the public is invited to a poetry slam event, an interfaith discussion and soup supper, a film and book discussions. • Feb. 1-24, all ages can enter a photo contest to illustrate one or more of the 10 Tenets of Civility listed at BeCivilBeHeard.com. Entry forms are available at all library branches or at thelibrary. org/documents/civility.pdf. Top entries will be displayed at the Park Central Branch Library during First Friday Art Walk March 2 and at area private and public buildings during 2012. continued on page 4

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February Message from the SPS Office of Cultural Diversity by Gwen Marshall Office of Cultural Diversity, SPS

phonemic (word sounds) awareness by the time your child starts preschool. The playbook skills Well coaches, I hope for February’s aspiring your team won the Sureading coaches are per Bowl this year. But “written words” and now it’s time to get back “word power.” The leap to the other important from talking to reading game, where you are happens when a child the world’s greatest starts to see how writliteracy coach for your ten letters stand for the children. sounds of speech. You Gwen Marshall In January we discan help your child with cussed the importance of spowhat teachers call “phonics” ken words and the thousands (how letters and words sound). and thousands of words a child Children can start learning hears before they ever see a about phonics when they are word on the written page. We about four years old. Knowledge also shared the importance of about the rules of phonics conworking with your child at an tinues up through second grade. early age and the benefits of Remember coaches, words

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are everywhere! Think of every word as a chance to help your child become a better reader, not to mention a time to build a relationship with your young person. Look for words on signs, maps, billboards, money (now there is a good one) and cereal boxes. Say them out loud. Take time to sound them out and show how the letters and combinations of letters make sounds. Read, read, and read, for the objective is to build strong reading skills by third grade and beyond. The next playbook skill is word power. If your child lives to be 100 they could learn more than 20 new words a day and still not know all the words in the English language! By the way, how many words would you guess that there are in the English language, “one thousand,” “one million?” Actually, it’s somewhere in between; about 850,000 at last count, and growing every day. The more words a person knows, the better he or she can read and speak. Learning new words starts early with

the names of colors, animals, relatives, and things around the house. Children learn new words from watching television, listening to music, and going to school. Coaches, it’s time to plan how you can help build strong word power. Building vocabulary is like building a strong foundation, brick by brick or play by play. Try adding three new words to your child’s vocabulary everyday (when you go for a walk, read a book together, or watch a movie). The world is full of new things to learn and explore. You, coach, are the best! So lead your child to success in reading. Next month we will discuss the final two skills in our playbook “reading smoothly” and “knowing what it all means.” “Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi .” – Oprah Winfrey

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continued from page 3 • Friday, March 2, 5:30 p.m. at the Park Central Branch, we’ll show a film on the Charter for Compassion, (see charterforcompassion.org), sign a charter and watch a performance by Mo Poetry Slam Springfield. All ages are welcome. • Tuesday, March 6, 6 p.m. in the Library Center auditorium, adults can enjoy a free soup supper and an interfaith discussion of community, compassion and civility. Seating is limited, register beginning Feb. 21 at 882-0714. • Thursday, March 8, 5 p.m. at the Moxie Cinema, “Forgiveness:

February 14, 2012 Mid-Third Quarter February 17, 2012 Professional Learning/Work Day (Students Out All Day) February 20, 2012 Presidents’ Day (School System Closed)

A Time to Love and a Time to Hate,” and film discussion with the Rev. Mark Struckhoff, Council of Churches of the Ozarks. All ages welcome. The Library will provide a limited number of books for those who preregister beginning Feb. 1 at 8831974. We hope to see you there!

February 6, 2012 at 7 pm “African American Read-In: Storytelling” Drury University – Diversity Center, 900 N. Benton An evening of poetry, music, and stories written and composed by African American authors. Admission is free. Sponsored by the African American Read-In Committee Contact: Dr. Grace JacksonBrown at 417-836-4547 or Gjackson-Brown@missouristate.edu February 8 and 12, 2012 at 9 pm “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide…. When the Rainbow is Enuf” Missouri State University – Plaster Student Union Theatre 901 S. National A film regarding the challenges, struggles, and personal growth of African American women. Admission is free. Contact: Tara Benson at 417-8364386 or StudentEngagement@ missouristate.edu February 9-11, 2012 at 7:30 pm and February 12, 2012 at 2:30 pm “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide….When the Rainbow is Enuf” Missouri State University – Plaster Student Union Theatre 901 S. National A theatrical production illustrating the challenges, struggles, and personal growth of African American women. Sponsored by the Missouri State University Theatre Department. Contact Dr. Bob Willenbrink at 417-836-4400 or TheatreandDance@missouristate.edu February 15, 2012 at 7 pm “African American Women in History” presented by Dr. Angela Hornsby-Gutting Missouri State University – Plaster Student Union 901 S. National A lecture highlighting the achievements and contributions of African American women throughout history. Admission is free. Sponsored by the Missouri State University African American Studies Program. Contact Dr. Matthew Calihman at 417-836-5107 or MatthewCalihman@missouristate.edu February 21, 2012 at 7 pm

“The State of Black College Students” Missouri State University – Plaster Student Union 901 S. National A documentary and discussion exploring various aspects of college life through the lens of African American students. Admission is free. Sponsored by the Missouri State University African American Heritage Month Committee. Contact: Charlotte Hardin at 417836-3043 or multiculturalstudentservices@missouristate.edu February 24, 2012 at 7:30 pm “Soul Bowl” Missouri State University – Plaster Student Union/ Level One Game Center 901 S. National An evening of bowling, billiards, and big fun including soul music and refreshments. Admission is free. Sponsored by the Missouri State University Student Activities Council. Contact: Tara Benson at 417-8364386 or StudentEngagement@ missouristate.edu February 26, 2012 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m Big Momma's Annual Soul Food Dinner Sunday, ... All your favorite food and entertainment as well. Please phone 417865-9911 for more information. February 28, 2012 at 12 noon “Guest Speaker – Dr. Debbye Turner” Missouri State University – Plaster Student Union Theatre, 901 S. National A conversation with former Miss America and national news media personality. Admission is free. Sponsored by the Missouri State University Student Activities Council. Contact: Tara Benson at 417-8364386 or StudentEngagement@ missouristate.edu February 29, 2012 at 7:30 pm “Ballet Memphis” Missouri State University – Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, Corner of Cherry and John Q. Hammons Parkway A showcase of culture and diversity expressed through collaborations with hip-hop dancers, urban poets, rap artists, jazz orchestras, and gospel choirs. Admission is $16 - $26. Sponsored by the Missouri State University Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.

Contact: Enoch Morris at 417836-7678 or MissouriStateTix@ missouristate.edu March 3, 2012 at 6 pm “Battle on the Yard Step Show” Gillioz Theatre, 325 E. Park Central East An evening of music, dance, and lots of stepping featuring various chapters of the divine nine historically Black fraternities and sororities. Admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Sponsored by the Missouri State University Multicultural Student Recruitment Team and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Contact: Manny Chapman at 314698-6449 or emmanuelchapman@ missouristate.edu March 4, 2012 at 4 pm “Gospel Extravaganza” Missouri State University – Plaster Student Union Theatre

901 S. National A gospel concert featuring the MSU Gospel Choir, as well as other collegiate and community choirs. Admission is free. continued on page 10 Contact: Ramon Bates at 417836-5652 or rbates@missouristate.edu March 12, 2012 @ 7 pm “Guest Speaker – Heidi Durrow” Missouri State University – Plaster Student Union Theatre 901 S. National A presentation exploring issues of race, identity, and multiculturalism. Admission is free. Sponsored by the Missouri State University Women’s History Month Committee. Contact: Stephanie Norander at 417-836-4106 or StephanieNorander@missouristate.edu

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LifeStyle&EntertainmentNews by Lyle Foster Unite Contributing Writer

Movie Review—Joyful Noise Part 2

don't mind seeing a wholesome film that reinforces some family values and love of God and Movie Trifecta is Here!!! of your fellow neighbor. And Well the expression goes that because the Queen .....Queen there is either feast or Latifah was starring in it famine and it seems a and yes the Executive bit like that as there Producer as well you are three films that don't even mind when a this writer is pumped few spiritual values get about and encouragdropped on you. There ing readers to check is an interesting cast in it out...and by the way the film because one of when I say check it the other Queens in this Lyle Foster out I am not suggestcase country music is ing by bootleg or even the other power star..... at the Red Box. The reality is none other than Dolly Parton. the only thing that really moves Now am I a Dolly Parton fan...... the folks in Hollywood that no; but do I respect her abilities make the movies are the box and her track record of accomoffice receipts....they will look at plishment ...yes and she cast the DVD sales and rentals but against her on screen nemesis it doesn't pay the freight like Queen Latifah works well. The those lines at the theatre. And plot of the movie about a small this encourages more movies town church choir seeking to like this to be made. win a regional gospel choir Two of the films are already competition is nothing original at the theatre and we announced but add a few human interest in this column about them and stories and some amazing talent the third one is opening in and you find yourself rooting for February. So if you have any the little county choir. But don't money left after the holidays try fool yourself the country choir to check them out if you can. can sing! The cast also includes Well if you need something to Courtney B. Vance, Jeremy laugh about ...say Joyful Noise!!! Jordan, Keke Palmer and Kris If you feel like dancing in the Kristofferson and they are all aisles .........say Joyful Noise!!! talented. Oh, did I mentiton If you want to hear some talthe host of Sunday's Best...Mr. ent that can Siiiinnnngggg say Kirk Franklin himself makes an Joyful Noise!!! appearance and he just about The movie which has been steals the show. Not to be lost in theatres since January 13 is is the fact the movie contains a all of the above. Yes, I am the very diverse cast yet there is no first to admit it has its corny reference to the fact that diverse side and it is not a Hollywood ethnic groups are getting along blockbuster and it is even fairly and singing along together...it predictable...but that doesn't just happens! mean that one cannot enjoy it. I I don't want to give it away

but when they finally get to the choir competition you will see when the movie is aptly titled Joyful Noise! They take some of your favorite songs and take them to another level. Fortunately when I went to the movie I had very understanding patrons all around me as I could not contain myself... fill in the blanks as you wish but I don't know when I have witnessed a music scene in a

grandson comes to town and you have to see the movie to get the rest of it. The film also has a soundtrack that is kicking.... totally and the talent is crazy good. Red Tails came out on January 20 with Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard, and Gerald McRaney. And as I mentioned before it is the story of the Tuskeegee airmen during World War ll. It is informative,

Drury’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium Registration is open for Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium SPRINGFIELD, MO — -Registration is now open for Drury's Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium, (WES) on Feb. 4. To register, go to www.drury. edu/ejc/wes, e-mail: ejc@drury. edu, or call (417) 873-6357. The symposium runs from 8 a.m.1:30 p.m. The $25 registration fee includes breakfast and lunch. • Keynote speakers - Adrienne Kallweit, owner and founder, Seeking Sitters and Shannon Wilburn, co-founder and CEO,

Just Between Friends. Both women founded companies in Tulsa, Okla. • Be bold, present yourself - Kim Hartmayer, executive and personal coach, KimHartmayer. com. • Impressing your banker Kristy Chastain, business lender, Arvest Bank. • Made in Springfield by women: Women in manufacturing panel - Christine Daues, owner, Granolove and Denise McIntosh, CEO, Integrated Containment Systems & Custom Powder Systems. • Not your mother's Avon Lady: Explore direct sales - Janna

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movie like this with the exception of Dream Girls. Also, Queen Latifah does a rendition of "Fix Me Jesus"...that is simply exceptional! There is also some good parental advice thrown in for good measure and Queen Latifah's role as a mom raising two teenagers is really engaging and somewhat touching. Dolly Parton is well...Dolly and actually developed a major part of her lines for the film and wrote several songs and she has a unique style that cannot be copied and she plays a wealthy church member whose singing

moving and historical and very appropriate as we get ready for Black History month. And the new film coming out is Safe House opens on February 10 starring everyone's favorite Oscar winner Denzel Washington. Denzel plays the part of the CIA's most dangerous traitor who surfaces in South Africa. He is remanded to a safe house which gets attacked and that is when the action starts of course!!! Check it out! Joyful Noise!... A must go!!! Score 91 out of 100

February 1-2, 2012 at 6-10 pm “Tunnel of Oppression” Missouri State University – Wells House Lobby/Basement 901 S. National An interactive program demonstrating various forms of discrimination and oppression, followed by a debriefing discussion. Admission is free. Sponsored by the Missouri State University Residence Hall Association. Contact: Dr. Denise Baumann at 417-836-5838 or ResidenceLife@missouristate.edu February 2, 2012 at 7 PM Guest Speaker Susan Birch “Unspeakable: A Dialogue on Race and Disability” Missouri State University – Carrington Hall 208 901 S. National

In this Diversity Dialogue event, Dr. Susan Burch (Middlebury College) will share from her book Unspeakable: The Life Story of Junius Wilson. Wilson (1908-2001), spent seventy-six years at a state mental hospital in Goldsboro, North Carolina, including six in the criminal insane ward. He had never been declared insane by a medical professional or found guilt of any criminal charge. But he was deaf and black in the Jim Crow South. Unspeakable offers us an opportunity to reflect on powerful forces that shape American identity, and community, historically and today. Reception and book signing after presentation. continued on page 9

Woods, executive director, Melaleuca and Lisa Cox, sterling manager, Silpada Designs. • Don't sell yourself short: Pricing your goods or services - Dr. Kelley Still, executive director, Drury University Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship. • How to sell to the government - Mary Love, procurement director, Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers. • Reality check: Are you ready to be self-employed? - Laura McCaskill, managing partner, The Medical Package, LLC The conference begins at 8 a.m. in Reed Auditorium of the Trustee Science Center (TSC)

on Drury's campus. The TSC is located at the corner of Drury Lane and Chestnut Expressway.

Distinctive Mission, Remarkable Education Affordable Choice, Unbeatable Value Memorable Experiences, Lifetime Success

Missouri State University is currently recruiting diverse staff and faculty to add to the growing University system.

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A Directory of local and regional health resources AIDS Federal hotline; 24 hours a day, everyday, including holidays. 1-800-590-AIDS (2437) Local office: 417-881-1900 Alzheimer’s Disease 1-800-272-3900 American Stroke Association Learn more about strokes by calling 1-888-4-STROKE Cancer Resource Network 1-800-227-2345 Diabetes Hotline Division of Cox Medical Center North 417-269-3737 Medicare Information Medicare Information Hotline 1-800-494-7355 Mental Health Crisis Hotline Counseling needs & crisis intervention 1-800-494-7355 National Parkinson Foundation Education, announcements, links to related sites 1-800-327-4545 www.parkinson.org OTC Dental Hygiene Clinic Provides low cost dental care for adults and children; performed by students under the supervision of faculty and local dentists. Cleanings, X-rays and exams For adults $50. for children $35. Call 417-447-8835 to make appt. DHSS/ Office Of Minority Health The mission is to eliminate health disparities through assertive leadership, advocacy support, and visible interaction with minority communities in Missouri. The Southwest Alliance meeting is held every other month on the last Tuesday at 12:00 p.m.in Springfield at the Deliverance Temple Campus 2101 W. Chestnut Expwy. Call: 1-800-877-3180

Health & MentalFitness Exploring Alternatives to Conventional Medicine By Catherine Thomas Unite Contributing Writer The availability and quality of healthcare in America continues to be disparaging for many. While elected officials debate the legality and feasibility of recent healthcare legislation, millions of Americans do not have a regular healthcare provider. According to statistics from the 2010 National Healthcare Disparities Report the incidence of healthcare coverage has increased slightly for the poor, but is increasingly affecting the middle class. Many are opting to self-pay in lieu of rising premiums, high annual deductibles or the inability to qualify for medical coverage. Statistically people without healthcare coverage are diagnosed later, receive less aggressive care, and are more likely to die of their disease or injury. Alternatives to conventional or Western Medicine are being explored by those seeking more affordable access to medical care. However, it is also becoming an option as people seek natural, holistic approaches to health and wellness. Holistic medicine includes treatments that integrate the whole person; mind, body and spirit in the pursuit of health rather than treatments that simply isolate physical symptoms and diseases. Complimentary and Alternative Medicine, or CAM is becoming more accepted in American culture but is common in many other parts of the world, such as Asia. The National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine, a division of the

National Institutes of Health was posthumously inducted in reported in 2007 Americans the 2005 International Society spent over $33 billion in out of for Orthomolecular Medicine. pocket expenses for CAM. Another notable inductee was Healthcare providers in this Emanuel Cheraskin, MD, DMD area of medicine include chiof the University of Alabama ropractors, medical massage who identified the connection therapist, acupuncturists, and between oral health and general doctors of homeopathy, natuhealth. ropathy, and Chinese Medicine. During his lifetime Gerson’s Complimentary and Natural research and treatments were Medicine also rejected, howconsists of the ever many use of natural aspects can "Many are opting to products such now be found self-pay in lieu of as botanicals, in both traherbs and ditional and rising premiums, high probiotics. alternative annual deductibles or Proponents opt medicine. for herbs such According the inability to qualify as Echinacea to Charlotte for medical coverage." instead of Gerson, daughPenicillin-based ter of Dr. Max antibiotics to Gerson, the prevent or treat body was creinfection. ated to heal itself. Meditation, prayer, relax“When you cut yourself, the ation, deep breathing and wound heals. When you lose acupuncture are mind/body blood, the body regenerates methods employed by alternamore. Organic, genetically unaltive care givers. These methods tered foods assist the body in recognize the importance of doing what it was created to do; mental and spiritual stability in heal itself”, she said in a recent the health and healing process. phone conversation. Based in Another aspect of alternative California, the Gerson Institute care involves what we eat. For reports successfully treating example, links have been estabmany chronic and degenerative lished between common illnessdiseases. es and diets high in fat, cholesComplimentary and terol and salt. Gerson Therapy Alternative Medicine is a is an alternative dietary system that relies on the daily consump- quickly growing field, however levels and types of licensing tion of fresh, organic juices in vary as well as whether or not tandem with systemic detoxiit is covered by health insurfication and the body’s own ance. For more information natural mechanisms to promote visit the National Institutes or restore wellness. It was created after World War II by Dr. of Health National Center for Max Gerson, a German immiComplimentary and Alternative grant. For this work, Gerson Medicine at nccam.nih.gov.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks Starts Something BIG

Springfield, MO—Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks was glad to be a part of the Springfield Multicultural Festival, taking place on January 16th, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This event was a great chance to reach out to the people of Springfield, letting them know the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters and how it helps build a stronger community. Big Brothers Big Sisters was present to speak with families about the services they offer and to recruit volunteers. Nationally, Big Brothers Big Sisters implemented a campaign called Mentoring Brothers in Action during National Mentoring Month. The goal of the campaign is to encourage African American men in fraternal, social, faith-based, and professional organizations to get involved with one-to-one mentoring programs to help put African American boys facing adversity on the path to success. Local Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across the nation are working to implement this new campaign. Many different tactics are being included to help spread the word of the need for African American mentors. One such tactic is the recently redesigned website, mentoringbrothers.org. This website is a unique social media, news, advocacy, and fundraising site that supports and drives Mentoring Brothers in Action. Big Brothers Big Sisters encourages people of all backgrounds to become involved with its programs, either by donating, volunteering, or enrolling their children. Being a diverse organization is always a goal for local agencies and the Mentoring Brothers in Action campaign will help keep Big Brothers Big Sisters stakeholders diverse. Although Mentoring Brothers in Action is targeted towards African Americans, its message and mission aligns with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Professionally supported oneto-one mentoring relationships help change children’s lives for the better, forever. Children are matched with positive adult role models that help them realize their potential and achieve success in life. Research has shown that children involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs, when compared to

their non-mentored peers, are: 52% less likely to skip school, 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs, and 33% less likely to hit someone. The power of mentoring is strong. Through Big Brothers Big Sisters and Mentoring Brothers in Action, children’s lives are being impacted in a big way. Big Brothers Big Sisters wants you to

start something in a child’s life. Whether looking to donate, volunteer, or enroll your child, Big Brothers Big Sisters has many opportunities and options for you. To learn more about these possibilities, please visit www. bigbro.com. Contact Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks at 417.889.9136 or bbbs@bigbro. com.

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A Directory of local and regional health resources AIDS Federal hotline; 24 hours a day, everyday, including holidays. 1-800-590-AIDS (2437) Local office: 417-881-1900 Alzheimer’s Disease 1-800-272-3900 American Stroke Association Learn more about strokes by calling 1-888-4-STROKE Cancer Resource Network 1-800-227-2345 Diabetes Hotline Division of Cox Medical Center North 417-269-3737 Medicare Information Medicare Information Hotline 1-800-494-7355 Mental Health Crisis Hotline Counseling needs & crisis intervention 1-800-494-7355 National Parkinson Foundation Education, announcements, links to related sites 1-800-327-4545 www.parkinson.org OTC Dental Hygiene Clinic Provides low cost dental care for adults and children; performed by students under the supervision of faculty and local dentists. Cleanings, X-rays and exams For adults $50. for children $35. Call 417-447-8835 to make appt. DHSS/ Office Of Minority Health The mission is to eliminate health disparities through assertive leadership, advocacy support, and visible interaction with minority communities in Missouri. The Southwest Alliance meeting is held every other month on the last Tuesday at 12:00 p.m.in Springfield at the Deliverance Temple Campus 2101 W. Chestnut Expwy. Call: 1-800-877-3180

Health & MentalFitness Exploring Alternatives to Conventional Medicine By Catherine Thomas Unite Contributing Writer The availability and quality of healthcare in America continues to be disparaging for many. While elected officials debate the legality and feasibility of recent healthcare legislation, millions of Americans do not have a regular healthcare provider. According to statistics from the 2010 National Healthcare Disparities Report the incidence of healthcare coverage has increased slightly for the poor, but is increasingly affecting the middle class. Many are opting to self-pay in lieu of rising premiums, high annual deductibles or the inability to qualify for medical coverage. Statistically people without healthcare coverage are diagnosed later, receive less aggressive care, and are more likely to die of their disease or injury. Alternatives to conventional or Western Medicine are being explored by those seeking more affordable access to medical care. However, it is also becoming an option as people seek natural, holistic approaches to health and wellness. Holistic medicine includes treatments that integrate the whole person; mind, body and spirit in the pursuit of health rather than treatments that simply isolate physical symptoms and diseases. Complimentary and Alternative Medicine, or CAM is becoming more accepted in American culture but is common in many other parts of the world, such as Asia. The National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine, a division of the

National Institutes of Health was posthumously inducted in reported in 2007 Americans the 2005 International Society spent over $33 billion in out of for Orthomolecular Medicine. pocket expenses for CAM. Another notable inductee was Healthcare providers in this Emanuel Cheraskin, MD, DMD area of medicine include chiof the University of Alabama ropractors, medical massage who identified the connection therapist, acupuncturists, and between oral health and general doctors of homeopathy, natuhealth. ropathy, and Chinese Medicine. During his lifetime Gerson’s Complimentary and Natural research and treatments were Medicine also rejected, howconsists of the ever many use of natural aspects can "Many are opting to products such now be found self-pay in lieu of as botanicals, in both traherbs and ditional and rising premiums, high probiotics. alternative annual deductibles or Proponents opt medicine. for herbs such According the inability to qualify as Echinacea to Charlotte for medical coverage." instead of Gerson, daughPenicillin-based ter of Dr. Max antibiotics to Gerson, the prevent or treat body was creinfection. ated to heal itself. Meditation, prayer, relax“When you cut yourself, the ation, deep breathing and wound heals. When you lose acupuncture are mind/body blood, the body regenerates methods employed by alternamore. Organic, genetically unaltive care givers. These methods tered foods assist the body in recognize the importance of doing what it was created to do; mental and spiritual stability in heal itself”, she said in a recent the health and healing process. phone conversation. Based in Another aspect of alternative California, the Gerson Institute care involves what we eat. For reports successfully treating example, links have been estabmany chronic and degenerative lished between common illnessdiseases. es and diets high in fat, cholesComplimentary and terol and salt. Gerson Therapy Alternative Medicine is a is an alternative dietary system that relies on the daily consump- quickly growing field, however levels and types of licensing tion of fresh, organic juices in vary as well as whether or not tandem with systemic detoxiit is covered by health insurfication and the body’s own ance. For more information natural mechanisms to promote visit the National Institutes or restore wellness. It was created after World War II by Dr. of Health National Center for Max Gerson, a German immiComplimentary and Alternative grant. For this work, Gerson Medicine at nccam.nih.gov.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks Starts Something BIG

Springfield, MO—Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks was glad to be a part of the Springfield Multicultural Festival, taking place on January 16th, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This event was a great chance to reach out to the people of Springfield, letting them know the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters and how it helps build a stronger community. Big Brothers Big Sisters was present to speak with families about the services they offer and to recruit volunteers. Nationally, Big Brothers Big Sisters implemented a campaign called Mentoring Brothers in Action during National Mentoring Month. The goal of the campaign is to encourage African American men in fraternal, social, faith-based, and professional organizations to get involved with one-to-one mentoring programs to help put African American boys facing adversity on the path to success. Local Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across the nation are working to implement this new campaign. Many different tactics are being included to help spread the word of the need for African American mentors. One such tactic is the recently redesigned website, mentoringbrothers.org. This website is a unique social media, news, advocacy, and fundraising site that supports and drives Mentoring Brothers in Action. Big Brothers Big Sisters encourages people of all backgrounds to become involved with its programs, either by donating, volunteering, or enrolling their children. Being a diverse organization is always a goal for local agencies and the Mentoring Brothers in Action campaign will help keep Big Brothers Big Sisters stakeholders diverse. Although Mentoring Brothers in Action is targeted towards African Americans, its message and mission aligns with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Professionally supported oneto-one mentoring relationships help change children’s lives for the better, forever. Children are matched with positive adult role models that help them realize their potential and achieve success in life. Research has shown that children involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs, when compared to

their non-mentored peers, are: 52% less likely to skip school, 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs, and 33% less likely to hit someone. The power of mentoring is strong. Through Big Brothers Big Sisters and Mentoring Brothers in Action, children’s lives are being impacted in a big way. Big Brothers Big Sisters wants you to

start something in a child’s life. Whether looking to donate, volunteer, or enroll your child, Big Brothers Big Sisters has many opportunities and options for you. To learn more about these possibilities, please visit www. bigbro.com. Contact Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks at 417.889.9136 or bbbs@bigbro. com.

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LifeStyle&EntertainmentNews by Lyle Foster Unite Contributing Writer

Movie Review—Joyful Noise Part 2

don't mind seeing a wholesome film that reinforces some family values and love of God and Movie Trifecta is Here!!! of your fellow neighbor. And Well the expression goes that because the Queen .....Queen there is either feast or Latifah was starring in it famine and it seems a and yes the Executive bit like that as there Producer as well you are three films that don't even mind when a this writer is pumped few spiritual values get about and encouragdropped on you. There ing readers to check is an interesting cast in it out...and by the way the film because one of when I say check it the other Queens in this Lyle Foster out I am not suggestcase country music is ing by bootleg or even the other power star..... at the Red Box. The reality is none other than Dolly Parton. the only thing that really moves Now am I a Dolly Parton fan...... the folks in Hollywood that no; but do I respect her abilities make the movies are the box and her track record of accomoffice receipts....they will look at plishment ...yes and she cast the DVD sales and rentals but against her on screen nemesis it doesn't pay the freight like Queen Latifah works well. The those lines at the theatre. And plot of the movie about a small this encourages more movies town church choir seeking to like this to be made. win a regional gospel choir Two of the films are already competition is nothing original at the theatre and we announced but add a few human interest in this column about them and stories and some amazing talent the third one is opening in and you find yourself rooting for February. So if you have any the little county choir. But don't money left after the holidays try fool yourself the country choir to check them out if you can. can sing! The cast also includes Well if you need something to Courtney B. Vance, Jeremy laugh about ...say Joyful Noise!!! Jordan, Keke Palmer and Kris If you feel like dancing in the Kristofferson and they are all aisles .........say Joyful Noise!!! talented. Oh, did I mentiton If you want to hear some talthe host of Sunday's Best...Mr. ent that can Siiiinnnngggg say Kirk Franklin himself makes an Joyful Noise!!! appearance and he just about The movie which has been steals the show. Not to be lost in theatres since January 13 is is the fact the movie contains a all of the above. Yes, I am the very diverse cast yet there is no first to admit it has its corny reference to the fact that diverse side and it is not a Hollywood ethnic groups are getting along blockbuster and it is even fairly and singing along together...it predictable...but that doesn't just happens! mean that one cannot enjoy it. I I don't want to give it away

but when they finally get to the choir competition you will see when the movie is aptly titled Joyful Noise! They take some of your favorite songs and take them to another level. Fortunately when I went to the movie I had very understanding patrons all around me as I could not contain myself... fill in the blanks as you wish but I don't know when I have witnessed a music scene in a

grandson comes to town and you have to see the movie to get the rest of it. The film also has a soundtrack that is kicking.... totally and the talent is crazy good. Red Tails came out on January 20 with Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard, and Gerald McRaney. And as I mentioned before it is the story of the Tuskeegee airmen during World War ll. It is informative,

Drury’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium Registration is open for Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium SPRINGFIELD, MO — -Registration is now open for Drury's Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium, (WES) on Feb. 4. To register, go to www.drury. edu/ejc/wes, e-mail: ejc@drury. edu, or call (417) 873-6357. The symposium runs from 8 a.m.1:30 p.m. The $25 registration fee includes breakfast and lunch. • Keynote speakers - Adrienne Kallweit, owner and founder, Seeking Sitters and Shannon Wilburn, co-founder and CEO,

Just Between Friends. Both women founded companies in Tulsa, Okla. • Be bold, present yourself - Kim Hartmayer, executive and personal coach, KimHartmayer. com. • Impressing your banker Kristy Chastain, business lender, Arvest Bank. • Made in Springfield by women: Women in manufacturing panel - Christine Daues, owner, Granolove and Denise McIntosh, CEO, Integrated Containment Systems & Custom Powder Systems. • Not your mother's Avon Lady: Explore direct sales - Janna

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movie like this with the exception of Dream Girls. Also, Queen Latifah does a rendition of "Fix Me Jesus"...that is simply exceptional! There is also some good parental advice thrown in for good measure and Queen Latifah's role as a mom raising two teenagers is really engaging and somewhat touching. Dolly Parton is well...Dolly and actually developed a major part of her lines for the film and wrote several songs and she has a unique style that cannot be copied and she plays a wealthy church member whose singing

moving and historical and very appropriate as we get ready for Black History month. And the new film coming out is Safe House opens on February 10 starring everyone's favorite Oscar winner Denzel Washington. Denzel plays the part of the CIA's most dangerous traitor who surfaces in South Africa. He is remanded to a safe house which gets attacked and that is when the action starts of course!!! Check it out! Joyful Noise!... A must go!!! Score 91 out of 100

February 1-2, 2012 at 6-10 pm “Tunnel of Oppression” Missouri State University – Wells House Lobby/Basement 901 S. National An interactive program demonstrating various forms of discrimination and oppression, followed by a debriefing discussion. Admission is free. Sponsored by the Missouri State University Residence Hall Association. Contact: Dr. Denise Baumann at 417-836-5838 or ResidenceLife@missouristate.edu February 2, 2012 at 7 PM Guest Speaker Susan Birch “Unspeakable: A Dialogue on Race and Disability” Missouri State University – Carrington Hall 208 901 S. National

In this Diversity Dialogue event, Dr. Susan Burch (Middlebury College) will share from her book Unspeakable: The Life Story of Junius Wilson. Wilson (1908-2001), spent seventy-six years at a state mental hospital in Goldsboro, North Carolina, including six in the criminal insane ward. He had never been declared insane by a medical professional or found guilt of any criminal charge. But he was deaf and black in the Jim Crow South. Unspeakable offers us an opportunity to reflect on powerful forces that shape American identity, and community, historically and today. Reception and book signing after presentation. continued on page 9

Woods, executive director, Melaleuca and Lisa Cox, sterling manager, Silpada Designs. • Don't sell yourself short: Pricing your goods or services - Dr. Kelley Still, executive director, Drury University Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship. • How to sell to the government - Mary Love, procurement director, Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers. • Reality check: Are you ready to be self-employed? - Laura McCaskill, managing partner, The Medical Package, LLC The conference begins at 8 a.m. in Reed Auditorium of the Trustee Science Center (TSC)

on Drury's campus. The TSC is located at the corner of Drury Lane and Chestnut Expressway.

Distinctive Mission, Remarkable Education Affordable Choice, Unbeatable Value Memorable Experiences, Lifetime Success

Missouri State University is currently recruiting diverse staff and faculty to add to the growing University system.

www.missouristate.edu/jobs Vacancy recording: 417-836-4683

Successful candidates must be committed to working with diverse student and community populations.

Employment will require a criminal background check at University expense. Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution


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February Message from the SPS Office of Cultural Diversity by Gwen Marshall Office of Cultural Diversity, SPS

phonemic (word sounds) awareness by the time your child starts preschool. The playbook skills Well coaches, I hope for February’s aspiring your team won the Sureading coaches are per Bowl this year. But “written words” and now it’s time to get back “word power.” The leap to the other important from talking to reading game, where you are happens when a child the world’s greatest starts to see how writliteracy coach for your ten letters stand for the children. sounds of speech. You Gwen Marshall In January we discan help your child with cussed the importance of spowhat teachers call “phonics” ken words and the thousands (how letters and words sound). and thousands of words a child Children can start learning hears before they ever see a about phonics when they are word on the written page. We about four years old. Knowledge also shared the importance of about the rules of phonics conworking with your child at an tinues up through second grade. early age and the benefits of Remember coaches, words

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are everywhere! Think of every word as a chance to help your child become a better reader, not to mention a time to build a relationship with your young person. Look for words on signs, maps, billboards, money (now there is a good one) and cereal boxes. Say them out loud. Take time to sound them out and show how the letters and combinations of letters make sounds. Read, read, and read, for the objective is to build strong reading skills by third grade and beyond. The next playbook skill is word power. If your child lives to be 100 they could learn more than 20 new words a day and still not know all the words in the English language! By the way, how many words would you guess that there are in the English language, “one thousand,” “one million?” Actually, it’s somewhere in between; about 850,000 at last count, and growing every day. The more words a person knows, the better he or she can read and speak. Learning new words starts early with

the names of colors, animals, relatives, and things around the house. Children learn new words from watching television, listening to music, and going to school. Coaches, it’s time to plan how you can help build strong word power. Building vocabulary is like building a strong foundation, brick by brick or play by play. Try adding three new words to your child’s vocabulary everyday (when you go for a walk, read a book together, or watch a movie). The world is full of new things to learn and explore. You, coach, are the best! So lead your child to success in reading. Next month we will discuss the final two skills in our playbook “reading smoothly” and “knowing what it all means.” “Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi .” – Oprah Winfrey

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continued from page 3 • Friday, March 2, 5:30 p.m. at the Park Central Branch, we’ll show a film on the Charter for Compassion, (see charterforcompassion.org), sign a charter and watch a performance by Mo Poetry Slam Springfield. All ages are welcome. • Tuesday, March 6, 6 p.m. in the Library Center auditorium, adults can enjoy a free soup supper and an interfaith discussion of community, compassion and civility. Seating is limited, register beginning Feb. 21 at 882-0714. • Thursday, March 8, 5 p.m. at the Moxie Cinema, “Forgiveness:

February 14, 2012 Mid-Third Quarter February 17, 2012 Professional Learning/Work Day (Students Out All Day) February 20, 2012 Presidents’ Day (School System Closed)

A Time to Love and a Time to Hate,” and film discussion with the Rev. Mark Struckhoff, Council of Churches of the Ozarks. All ages welcome. The Library will provide a limited number of books for those who preregister beginning Feb. 1 at 8831974. We hope to see you there!

February 6, 2012 at 7 pm “African American Read-In: Storytelling” Drury University – Diversity Center, 900 N. Benton An evening of poetry, music, and stories written and composed by African American authors. Admission is free. Sponsored by the African American Read-In Committee Contact: Dr. Grace JacksonBrown at 417-836-4547 or Gjackson-Brown@missouristate.edu February 8 and 12, 2012 at 9 pm “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide…. When the Rainbow is Enuf” Missouri State University – Plaster Student Union Theatre 901 S. National A film regarding the challenges, struggles, and personal growth of African American women. Admission is free. Contact: Tara Benson at 417-8364386 or StudentEngagement@ missouristate.edu February 9-11, 2012 at 7:30 pm and February 12, 2012 at 2:30 pm “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide….When the Rainbow is Enuf” Missouri State University – Plaster Student Union Theatre 901 S. National A theatrical production illustrating the challenges, struggles, and personal growth of African American women. Sponsored by the Missouri State University Theatre Department. Contact Dr. Bob Willenbrink at 417-836-4400 or TheatreandDance@missouristate.edu February 15, 2012 at 7 pm “African American Women in History” presented by Dr. Angela Hornsby-Gutting Missouri State University – Plaster Student Union 901 S. National A lecture highlighting the achievements and contributions of African American women throughout history. Admission is free. Sponsored by the Missouri State University African American Studies Program. Contact Dr. Matthew Calihman at 417-836-5107 or MatthewCalihman@missouristate.edu February 21, 2012 at 7 pm

“The State of Black College Students” Missouri State University – Plaster Student Union 901 S. National A documentary and discussion exploring various aspects of college life through the lens of African American students. Admission is free. Sponsored by the Missouri State University African American Heritage Month Committee. Contact: Charlotte Hardin at 417836-3043 or multiculturalstudentservices@missouristate.edu February 24, 2012 at 7:30 pm “Soul Bowl” Missouri State University – Plaster Student Union/ Level One Game Center 901 S. National An evening of bowling, billiards, and big fun including soul music and refreshments. Admission is free. Sponsored by the Missouri State University Student Activities Council. Contact: Tara Benson at 417-8364386 or StudentEngagement@ missouristate.edu February 26, 2012 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m Big Momma's Annual Soul Food Dinner Sunday, ... All your favorite food and entertainment as well. Please phone 417865-9911 for more information. February 28, 2012 at 12 noon “Guest Speaker – Dr. Debbye Turner” Missouri State University – Plaster Student Union Theatre, 901 S. National A conversation with former Miss America and national news media personality. Admission is free. Sponsored by the Missouri State University Student Activities Council. Contact: Tara Benson at 417-8364386 or StudentEngagement@ missouristate.edu February 29, 2012 at 7:30 pm “Ballet Memphis” Missouri State University – Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, Corner of Cherry and John Q. Hammons Parkway A showcase of culture and diversity expressed through collaborations with hip-hop dancers, urban poets, rap artists, jazz orchestras, and gospel choirs. Admission is $16 - $26. Sponsored by the Missouri State University Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.

Contact: Enoch Morris at 417836-7678 or MissouriStateTix@ missouristate.edu March 3, 2012 at 6 pm “Battle on the Yard Step Show” Gillioz Theatre, 325 E. Park Central East An evening of music, dance, and lots of stepping featuring various chapters of the divine nine historically Black fraternities and sororities. Admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Sponsored by the Missouri State University Multicultural Student Recruitment Team and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Contact: Manny Chapman at 314698-6449 or emmanuelchapman@ missouristate.edu March 4, 2012 at 4 pm “Gospel Extravaganza” Missouri State University – Plaster Student Union Theatre

901 S. National A gospel concert featuring the MSU Gospel Choir, as well as other collegiate and community choirs. Admission is free. continued on page 10 Contact: Ramon Bates at 417836-5652 or rbates@missouristate.edu March 12, 2012 @ 7 pm “Guest Speaker – Heidi Durrow” Missouri State University – Plaster Student Union Theatre 901 S. National A presentation exploring issues of race, identity, and multiculturalism. Admission is free. Sponsored by the Missouri State University Women’s History Month Committee. Contact: Stephanie Norander at 417-836-4106 or StephanieNorander@missouristate.edu

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4 Civility Discussion At The Library by Kathleen O’Dell , Springfield-Greene County Library District Civility, compassion, community – they’re valuable qualities we try to foster in our children and fellow citizens. But how do we do that, exactly? The Springfield-Greene County Civility Project gave us a framework in April 2011 with its “10 Tenets of Civility.” Like the Golden Rule, they’re guidelines for treating people with respect, patience and honesty. Near the one-year anniversary of the Civility Project, we’re ready for the next step. The Library District, with the Civility Project, Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the Interfaith Alliance of the Ozarks, have partnered on a series, “Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion.” The project is possible through a grant from the American Library Association and the Fetzer Institute. Beginning with a photo contest open to everyone Feb.1-24, the public is invited to a poetry slam event, an interfaith discussion and soup supper, a film and book discussions. • Feb. 1-24, all ages can enter a photo contest to illustrate one or more of the 10 Tenets of Civility listed at BeCivilBeHeard.com. Entry forms are available at all library branches or at thelibrary. org/documents/civility.pdf. Top entries will be displayed at the Park Central Branch Library during First Friday Art Walk March 2 and at area private and public buildings during 2012. continued on page 4

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Second Annual Minorities in Business Heritage Awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Q Enoteca, 308 W. Commercial St. Minorities in Business promotes economic development and business opportunities through advocacy, networking, community development and capacity-building for minority businesses and entrepreneurs in the greater Springfield area. Denny Whayne will receive the Achievement Award in recognition of his lifelong leadership in the Springfield community. In addition to serving two terms on the Springfield City Council, he has served in

volunteer leadership positions for the United Way, Springfield Community Center, Boys and Girls Clubs and Missouri State University. He led the successful effort to have the Benton Street Bridge renamed the Martin Denny Whayne Luther King Bridge and was involved in many community betterment efforts including the development of the US 65 bypass corridor, Jordan Valley Health Center, the regional crime laboratory and the regional airport. Dr. Leslie Anderson, associ-

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Area Chamber of Commerce. Joe Robles, owner of Joe Robles State Farm Insurance, will receive the Community Service Award in honor of his many community activities. He serves on the board of directors of Crime Stoppers for the Greater Springfield Area, the Minorities in Business Executive Council and the Missouri State Vice President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion. He serves as marketing chair for BNI-Business By Referral Chapter and is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. Most recently, he has been a leader in the grassroots campaign to educate voters about a proposed e-verify ordinance. The public is invited to attend the awards ceremony. Please RSVP to Kayla Boyd at 417-8636262.

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singer Vickie Winans will appear in concert at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 3 at The Ark Community and Sports Center, 25625 Hwy 17, Waynesville, MO. The public is invited. Tickets for the conference are $45 and include a conference bag, t-shirt and a ticket to the concert. Tickets for the concert only are $25 each. For more information please call (573) 433-6117 or (573) 528-2898. Tickets may be purchased locally by calling (417)869-1443.

continued from page 1 Waynesville, MO—The Still Useable Ministries, a St. Roberts, MO non-profit organization founded in 2005, will host their 2012 Women's Conference, "The Secret Place," Wednesday through Saturday, March 1-4, at Grace Covenant Christian Center, 25715 Hwy 17, Waynesville, MO. Guest speakers will be Dr. Yvonne Capehart, Pastor Valencia Hines and Bishop Rob Webb. World renowned gospel

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Dr. Stewart "Tiggy" Fulbright, 92 was called home to the Lord unexpectedly on Sunday January 1, 2012. He was a loving, caring man who will be greatly missed by his family and friends across the globe. Dr. Fulbright was born in Springfield, Missouri to the late Stewart B. Fulbright Sr. and Anna D. Dr Stewart B. Fulbright Jr. Fulbright. An avid reader and scholar at a young age, he completed his undergraduate studies at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO where he landed his first teaching position as a French professor. He subsequently obtained a MBA from the University of Chicago and was one of the first 10 African Americans to obtain a Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He received the Congressional Gold Medal for his service as a Tuskegee Airmen and was the first Dean of the School of Business at North Carolina Central University (in fact he was the last instructor hired by NCCU's Founder, James E. Shepard). To this day his former students speak lovingly of him as the best professor on NCCU's campus. President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed him to the Advisory Committee for the Commodity Credit Corporation. He was also appointed by the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare to the Committee on Education and Training for Minority Business. Dr. Fulbright was a long time and active member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, serving as a member of the senior choir, a trustee, and treasurer for the building fund.

Dr. Fulbright recently celebrated 68 years of marriage to his college sweetheart, Della Marie. He is survived by his two children, Gina FulbrightPowell (Christopher Powell) of Silver Spring, MD and Edward Fulbright (Genevia Gee Fulbright) of Durham and a granddaughter, Camille Fulbright. He is also survived by his sister

Marilyn Fisher (Howard) of Las Vegas, NV, sister-in-law Theresa Fulbright-Curtis of Chicago, Illinois and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his two brothers Lilburn Fulbright and Adolph Fulbright In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be sent to organizations that he loved,

the newly established Dr Stewart B. Fulbright Memorial Fund where donations can be sent to the NCCU Foundation, P.O. Box 19565 Durham, NC 27707, write Dr. Stewart B. Fulbright Memorial Fund in the memo section, or the Covenant Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 2620 Weaver Street Durham, NC.

Wonder Years Preschool What: A pre-academic preschool program that prepares your child for kindergarten. The program emphasizes language development, literacy, math, and social interaction. The program is FREE. Supplies are provided. Parents must provide transportation. The maximum class size is 15 students per class. Who: Children who live within the Springfield Public Schools attendance area, who will be fouryears-old before August 1st and who will not be able to attend kindergarten until the following school year. Where: Bingham, Cowden, Delaware, Fremont, Harrison, Holland, McBride, McGregor, Shady Dell, Sunshine, Truman, Weaver, Williams, York and other possible sites to be determined When: The program follows the Springfield Public Schools calendar. If your child has NOT been screened, contact Parents As Teachers to schedule a screening appointment – 417-523-1160. Please call to setup a Wonder Years screening BEFORE April. NOTE: Your child must first be screened for the Wonder Years program. Enrollment into the program is based upon the screening results. Screening does not ensure placement in the Wonder Years program. In May, pre-enrollment forms will be mailed to families whose children have a qualifying screening score. Families will receive an acceptance letter in June if their child is offered a placement. For more information contact the Wonder Years office at 417-523-1300.


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Plan To Attend African American Heritage Month Events...See Details On Page 5

Building Empowering Connections In Our Diverse Community

Dear Community, On behalf of the 2012 Springfield Multicultural Festival committee, I want to personally thank everyone who helped in making the 2012 event a huge success. Your participation as a sponsor, exhibitor, performer, volunteer or supporter helped us connect this year with over 1,500 visitors. Our goal is to highlight the positive qualities of our city while celebrating the many cultures that have contributed to our community and our countries’ greatness. Best Regard, Samuel Knox,

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Minorities In Business Honors Local Leaders Springfield, MO— Three outstanding Springfield citizens will be honored for their contributions to the community at the Dr. Leslie Anderson

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Vickie Winans

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Rosalind Brewer, Named CEO of Sam's Club Bentonville, AR -- Wal-Mart Stores (WMT), the world's biggest retailer, said Friday that it has named Rosalind Brewer CEO of Sam's Club - the first woman and the first AfricanContinued on Page 10

Exploring The E-Verify Ballot Issue by Joe Robles, Guest Writer for Unite Publication

social groups, schools, The Minutemen insist hospitals, colleges, that ethnicity will be convention centers, a part of their process, and churches. something in direct Question 1 on the February Traps from legal contradiction to the 7th ballot, if passed, is a knee-jerk contradictions abound. ordinance itself. reaction that will undermine busiBecause of the amazOur businesses ness growth in Springfield. The ingly broad definition cannot operate with a Joe Robles Minutemen version of the federal of work: “any job, hodgepodge of local pilot program known as E-verify talk, employment, labor, perand state regulations for national is not the same as the federal pilot sonal services or any activity,” problems. It complicates how program. This version contains astonishingly, businesses and to operate, creates uncertainty in many traps non-profits will be the marketplace, disadvantages for businesses held responsible for The citizens of Springfield, and ultimately will because of its Springfield deserve the actions of those cost jobs by disproportionately contradictory, ordinances that are with whom they do burdening the engines of Springpoorly written, carefully considered, business, includfield’s economy, small businesses. over-reaching, clearly defined, and ing subcontractors, The Chamber of Commerce vaguely defranchisees and their deliberately legal. urges this proposal be rejected fined terms and employees, and staffbecause it contains illegal porscope. ing agencies, even tions. The Minutemen want this The text of the ordinance though they cannot legally take ordinance passed so that it can be clearly illustrates its extreme responsibility for the verification. fixed. reach! “Business entity“ means Including current as well as new A proposal of this magnitude any person or groups of persons hires, this ordinance takes place deserves serious consideration. performing or engaging in any immediately upon passage with The citizens of Springfield deactivity … for gain, benefit, adno phase in period, and subseserve ordinances that are carefully vantage or livelihood, whether for quently. There is no true safe considered, clearly defined, and profit or not for profit.” The Fedharbor. deliberately legal. eral E-verify is about “employComplaint driven and with Common sense tells us we ers and newly hired employees” no consequences for frivolous shouldn’t pass a bad law, one that who are paid a “wage.” Question complaints, Question 1 sets the is filled with traps, contradictions 1 replaces it with a definition stage for harassment by disthat includes individuals, very and vague over-reaching terms. gruntled employees, competitors, small businesses, family farms, It’s bad for business and bad for and zealots. What is considered and non-profits--faith, civic and Springfield. a “valid” complaint is relative.


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