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Dr Kenneth Coopwood, Sr. Chosen as MSU Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion by Mia Jackson Unite Contributing Writer Dr. Kenneth “Ken” Coopwood has accepted the position as the first permanent Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at Missouri State University. Coopwood comes to MSU from University of Indiana Northwest in Gary, Indiana where he spent 8 years as the director of diversity programming, assistant to the chancellor and an adjunct faculty member in the school of Education.

experiences.” He will be responsible for Coopwood said he sees a 5 units at Missouri State Uniuniversity hungry to build its versity including: multicultural capacity to educate affairs, disability serand although he has vices, assistive technolidentified some hisogy, legal compliance, torical pockets of resisand diversity outreach tance, he is optimistic. and recruitment. “I’ve spent a lot of “I’ve been a divertime educating youth,” sity trainer for most of Coopwood said. my professional life,” Dr. Ken Coopwood Coopwood said he is Coopwood said. “ As passionate about youth, particufar back as I can remember larly about providing them early I’ve gone to school with people access to higher education. from different races, cultures “I’m interested in student’s and creeds. As an adult I Continued on page 7 understand the value of those

Lincoln Cemetery Designated as Historical Site by Landmark Commission & City Council by Carolyn Hembree, Lincoln Memorial Cemetery Board Member The Lincoln Memorial Cemetery Board is pleased to announce that the Springfield Landmark Commission and the Springfield City Council have voted to designate the cemetery as a historic site in Springfield. This designation is a recognition of the cemetery’s place in the history of our city and its importance to the African American community, in particular. The cemetery board

has worked hard, with the help of many supporters here and elsewhere, to make this a place of peace and beauty.

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Setting up accounts for social media like MySpace, Twitter and FaceBook is typically free. They do however require keeping the information current and relevant. In order to be found by potential customers, businesses must communicate the way customers communicate. Phonebooks are a thing of the past. Flyers and brochures are costly and have both a printing and a distribution cost. Today’s customer goes to the internet, via computer or their personal digital communication device to find out about a business, service or event. Having a visible presence where customers frequent facilitates customer contact with your business or event. Social media allows for dialogue and feedback between you and your customer. It provides information about your brand but it also enables you to know what works and what doesn’t. Customer posts on social media sites to endorse your brand. In this way customers “co-create your brand,” said Regina Waters, Associate Professor of Communications at Drury University. “Social Media should not be about numbers”, she said, “It should be about engagement.” Another way of taking advantage of this free exposure on social media is to use social media badges. Badges are the emblems or trademarks of the social media site. Prominently posting badges in your business and on your company printed material informs customers that your information is available digitally. This information could be coupons, hours of operation, menus, specials,

Jenkins said he learned that taking the ACT now was the best plan for his future. “I learned that there are scholarships for almost anything you want to do,” Hilcrest Junior Trenika Jones said. Clay said 246 students is a sizeable increase above last year’s conference which had 200 plus participants. Clay said she only expects the conference to get bigger and better. “The youth are our tomorrow,” Clay said. “I just hope we will commit to encouraging them and above all being good role models for them.”

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Using Social media and Email to Market Your Business was the topic of the October 6 meeting of Minorities in Business. Standing-room only crowd met to explore effective uses and benefits of MySpace, FaceBook, Groupon, Twitter, LinkedIn, email and other digital media. The meeting was a joint effort between Drury Univeristy, MIB Alliance Industries and Oke-Thomas + Associates. The effective uses of social media

can be a great asset to any business. In today’s digital age, marketing and promotion must be easily accessible. Digital media is the way people communicate, learn and shop. To not take advantage of the ease and availability of social networking is a costly mistake for a business owner. Traditional advertisement and promotional services like television and print media can be expensive, and have a more limited audience. However, the investment for social media in nominal and the return on investment for it is substantial.

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discounts and driving directions. Email is another way of sharing information about your business or promoting your event. Emails are very cost effective. Paige Cahill, of Constant Contact marketing firm, reports that every dollar spent in email campaigns generates a $46 return in revenue. And according to Cahill, “Other social media will continue to evolve and change but email will not go away!” Cahill advises that emails be engaging, short, simple and relevant. Additionally, she says there should be a way of monitoring the email campaign. Knowing what time of day emails are opened, how many of the emails you send out are actually opened, and by whom. Collect email addresses from regular networking methods and use them to promote your brand. However, email recipients should always have a way of opting off your email list. Unsolicited emails can harm your brand. Businesses that want to be found use social media. While the monetary investment in social media may be small, there is a time commitment. There should be someone dedicated to updating information, responding to posts, uploading photos and otherwise maintaining the site. For more information on how to use social media in your business contact the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship at Drury University 417873-6357. Minorities in Business meet the first Tuesday of each month at 5:15 p.m. at Q’Enoteca, 308 W. Commercial St. in Springfield.

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If not you, cultural identity, peer who?” wasthe the challenge and Wantincluded: Fades Barber ShopLife Work Will Your Way You It To In 2009? pressure, Black history trivia, theme presented to more than Specializing in Fades and by Jack Canfield writing skills, vocational opportuandarea dreams because "the world is thriving. 200 youthjust at the 9th Annual other popular styles. Co-Author of Chicken Soup for nities, and college preparation. NAACP Youth Enpowerment time isn't good"... you can still When people ask me about “We want our young people the Soul Series Conference . make 2009 the year you uncover the single most important ingre812 S. Glenstone Ave not only to dream but to plan for The Springfield Chapter of the a whole new you for the dient to success, I always share Call to schedule an the future now,” Clay said. “We As I mentioned NAACP sponsored better! the event on appointment or come by. the same response: realizing are committed to education and October 21st at Missouri State earlier, 2009 may Walk-ins are welcome. Even in tough times, what's making you achieve sucmentoring.” Universityyou in get an effort to motivate bring greater uncerto decide how cess, and then realizing what is (417)832-8242 Key-Note Motivational Speaker youth to set and achieve academtainty and more unsetto respond to certain stiflingWomble, your success. 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November Message from the SPS Office of Cultural Diversity ated with low-self esteem. Self-esteem, in its most basic definition, refers to people’s evaluation of themselves. In particular, Achieving Better it refers to a person’s Results for overall appraisal of his Children of or her own worth and Absent Fathers personal value. Studies by Sara According to KrisMclanahan indicate that tina Elfhag, self esteem the effects of absent is important in many Gwen Marshall fathers on their chilaspects of our lives, for dren range from a lack of example, low self esteem has financial support (which contribbeen linked to depression and utes to the number of children other mental disorders, while in poverty) to social pathologies high self esteem has been linked associated with child abandonto academic achievement, hapment. In addition, these social piness, lower substance abuse, pathologies are strongly associand better survival rates in cases by Gwen Marshall Office of Cultural Diversity, SPS

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of medical disease. Self esteem is a stable personality trait important in the lives of children, as well as adults. In fact, some research suggests that children’s self esteem is a predictor of future outcomes in adulthood. While it is clear that children can survive without the presence of their fathers, this situation often does present difficulties. The presence of men in the lives of children, mothers, and families has much to offer, even outside of concerns about

Important Dates November 11, 2011 Parent Teacher Conference Day (Students Out All Day) November 23, 2011 Professional Learning (Students Out All Day) November 24-25, 2011 Thanksgiving Vacation (School System Closed)

financial stability. I would agree with researcher, Gerald Ogbuja who stated, “Money cannot supplement the psychological yearning of children whose fathers are absent.” It should be apparent by now that if better results are to be realized for the children of absent fathers, schools, community agencies, and of course parents (including absent fathers themselves) must work together to touch their lives in more positive ways. I leave you this month, with a quote from President Barack Obama that speaks to these concerns quite well. “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. We are the hope of those [children] who have so little, who've been told that they cannot have what they dream, that they cannot be what they imagine. Yes, they can."

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those so inclined but it is not the center of focus but the restaurant is large and open and the tables and chairs are comfortable and well spaced. On my last visit service was excellent... friendly.and ..prompt but not irritating. I visited with a friend and we both really enjoyed our meals. I started with calamari and it was flash fried just the way I like...... I tend to like mine crispier than some and it was good and tasty and I was satisfied. The unlimited salad bowl was fairly consistent with all of the offerings at the other Italian restaurants but it was at least plentiful. Rolls were hot and tasty and served their purpose. The chicken parmesean which I ordered was moist which is one of the most important things for me in a chicken dish such as this as opposed to being overcooked and dry. My guest had an entre of a spinach

artichoke pasta which was quite filling and very well prepared. Not surprisingly Zio's has a great array of pasta dishes and they are all generous portions and they are constantly updating and bringing out new entrees. It is easy to find something that you like at Zio's and it is good comfortable family fare which Springfield is very good for. I am fond of Italian cuisine and for a reasonable price this is a really good place to get a good variety of dishes. It is one of those places that is great for the after church crowd but it also works for an evening out with a special someone because the atmosphere has a hint of romanticism. On this particular day we just were too full for a desert and as an indication of how large the entres were we each had a to go box that provided a meal and a half later. The portions were very ample and that is another great reason to check out Zio's Italian restaurant. Zio's is located at 1249 E.

Bartley-Decatur Neighborhood Center to Receive Award Springfield, MO—The North Springfield Betterment Association (NSBA) has chosen BartleyDecatur Neighborhood Center as the recipient for its November 2011 North Springfield Beautification Award. Every month, the NSBA recognizes the efforts of an individual, family, organization, or business in improving the appearance of the northside. Presentation of the award will be made during the NSBA monthly luncheon meeting, Thursday, November 10. The luncheon takes place in the Cox North Hospital Fountain Plaza Room and begins at 11:45 a.m.

Bartley-Decatur board chairman Mark Dixon was very pleased to receive notice of the award. "It' always nice to be recognized for doing something good," said Dixon. He added that the Bartley-Decatur Neighborhood Center's motto "Building Dreams, Nurturing Community" is in harmony with the mission of NSBA, which is to "promote and encourage worthwhile and honorable endeavors, which will make north Springfield a better place to work and live." The renovated BartleyDecatur Neighborhood Center is located at 918 E. Calhoun.

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LifeStyle&EntertainmentNews by Lyle Foster Unite Contributing Writer

Movie Review—Real Steel

and so far without success. Add a kid who is quite endearing and a beautiful lady and you Real Steel is a fun entertainhave the mix for another boring ing movie that is perfect if you action movie or maybe just a tad are looking to just go better. The fact that this to a movie and just movie is produced by watch and simply Steven Spielberg cerrelax. In a way kind tainly means that it has of like it was meant potential and of course to be. it has some strong star I went to check power!!! I haven't meniout the movie having toned yet that Hugh really very low expecJackman is the star... Lyle Foster tations beause quite ladies take note if you frankly I just wasn't are a Hugh fan! And feeling the whole robot and Dakota Goyo turns in a strong little kid thing. Now in case you performance as his son and it don't know what I am talking is clear he will be making a lot about the story line of Real Steel more movies. has to do with a guy named One of the things that the Charlie Kenton who is a washed 2011 movie season has been out fighter and a dude who is criticized for is that a lot of not too good at relationships the movies released this year of any sort it seems. And one are remakes and sequels as relationship he doesn't seem if Hollywood has run out of to have a clue about is with his ideas... and guess what, Real little son who turns out to be Steel is based in part on a quite a bright kid. 1956 short story by Richard As an old fighter he still has Matheson. But in this case we some knowledge that is useful might want to be thankful for but it is overshadowed by his the seed that Mr. Matheson many debts and his need to planted. figure out the next payday. I Animatronic robots were haven't mentioned yet that this built for the film and that comis the near future and humans.... that means you and I ........don't have to go in the ring and fight anymore... that is now done by by Lyle Foster robots..... how about that? Well that may be a good idea and the Unite Contributing Writer robots are quite evolved and I usually try to review lovery adept in the ring and bring cal restaurants in an effort to their owners some fairly big ensure that we provide as much paydays. Our hero or at least our main support and attention to our independent local restaurants as character has tried his hand at possible and keep them viable. commanding a fighting robot

bined with some pretty crazy Hollywood technology actually makes for some pretty fun and exciting fight sequences. I have to be honest the story built and developed and had just the right amount of action, science fiction and character development that I became a robot fan in my seat!!! Yes I did and I started punching and boxing and even yelled "Get him!"... a few times and by the way that is not recommended... but fortunately the night I went was slow so I didn't get thrown out or entirely make a fool of myself. Actually, Real Steel has been one of the strongest fall movies and has done quite well at the box office. The female lead Evangeline

Lilly does a great job.... she knows Charlie for many years and is running her father's gym and knows a thing or two about putting robots together and tries to give some salient advice to Hugh Jackman. I will admit for the more sophisticated reader this film is probably not for you but if you want to relax ....go with the plot line and get entertained and even cheer a little and enjoy a high-tech fun movie with just enough story line... you might want to get in the ring with Real Steel. I was surprisingly glad that I did. Oh parents this is a good take your kid to the movie ... nothing that either of you have to cover your eyes or your ears for... and that's a rare treat in itself.

Family Resource Fair Hosted by New Hope Ministries continued from column below resources to those entrepreneurs interested in a sustainable or “green” business. In addition to sessions providing basic entrepreneurship skills, it will also include special sessions on “green” opportunities, tax credits, rebates and economic stimulus initiatives. Green Panel: Glenn Croston, Zeke Fairbank and Tim Pedigo; Drury Campus, Reed Auditorium, Trustee Science Center, Dinner andd Networking: 5:30 p.m. program 6:30 p.m. $15, includes dinner; to register contact Tammy Rogers (417) 873-6357

Anderson, Missouri State University, focuses on helping participants to understand the history of racism and how it still affects people today. Each program is limited to 20 participants. Next program is: November 10-11 at the Chamber. The cost to participate is $200 for non-profits and $300 for for-profits. Needs based scholarships are available from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. For more information, check out our website, or contact Kristen Westerman, manager of workforce development at the Chamber. (417) 862-5567

Thursday, Nov 10, 2011 Convocation featuring Glenn Croston 11:00 a.m. Drury U, Clara Thomson Hall, Free and open to the public.

Friday, Nov 11-20, 2011 "Our Town" By Thornton Wilder. ” Our Town is beautifully evocative, exploring the lives of people living in a small, quintessentially American town. The play focuses on three aspects of the human experience: Daily Life, Love and Marriage, and Death and Eternity. Its universality, its simplicity and its immediacy have made it a classic. Our Town is a hauntingly beautiful play, powerful, warm and deeply human. To purchase tickets, please call SLT box office at (417) 869-1334.

Thursday, Nov 10, 2011 Chamber's Facing Racism Program accepting applications; Facing Racism is a two-day program conducted by a consortium of trainers from Missouri State University, Drury University, and Springfield Public Schools, who are committed to providing a caring atmosphere. Our curriculum, led by Dr. Leslie

Food Review—Zio’s Italian Kitchen Zio's is a regional chain that has locations in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Missouri. I have not typically been a frequent diner at Zio's but it usually seems to be off my typical trail if you will. But recently I went back and found it to be a pleasant surprise... so

much so that I plan to go back soon. Zio's has one of those fun festive atmospheres that is fun and festive but not over the top. It has that American perspective of comfortable Italian decor that we like to represent as European. There is a bar for continued on page 9

Springfield, MO—Peoples Etiquette and New Hope Ministries team up to present the Light Bearers Family Resource Fair,

November 6, 2011 from 3:30 5:30 p.m. at the University Plaza. For more information contact Christine Peoples at 353-3189.

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

Every First Tuesday of the Month

Minorities In Business

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

monthly networking meeting

What: Networking When: 5:15 p.m. Where: Q Enoteca • Anyone interested in business is welcome. 308 West Commercial Street For more information contact (417) 861-0760

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


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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 November Is National Adoption Month by Laura Farmer Lutheran Family and Children's Services of Missouri Hailey is like most other teenage girls. She likes to hang out with her friends. She loves to shop and put on makeup. Her favorite food is pizza, and she loves Taylor Swift. Hailey does well in school, and her favorite classes are math and science. In her free time, she likes to watch TV, play board games, and paint her fingernails. However, Hailey would say that she is a little different from other teens because she is waiting for her forever family. Hailey has been in foster care for eight long years. During those eight years, she has lived with 10 foster families. Hailey desires to be with a family who will love and support her throughout the rest of her life. She deserves a chance to have a family to call her own. Ethan is a “guy’s guy.” He likes to be outside, hiking and exploring the great outdoors. Ethan also loves to ride his bike and skateboard. He is often described as adventurous. Ethan is a friendly boy, who can be very charming. Just like other kids, he likes to be social and spend time with his friends in his free time. Ethan has been in foster care for almost three years now and is still waiting for

his forever family. Like Hailey and Ethan, there are over 200 children in Springfield who are waiting for their forever family. These children not only need the support of a family who is willing to care for them, but they deserve it. “It takes a village to raise a child.” This adage rings clear and true for the children in our state’s foster care system. In Missouri, there are over 11,000 children in the foster care system. It is time that as a community, we do something and begin caring for these children. For Sam and Emily Mathews the decision to become foster parents was an easy one. They have just started their journey of fostering children who have been abused or neglected. Emily says that if they ever need

...there are over 200 children in Springfield who are waiting for their forever family.

a reminder of why they chose to become foster parents, they only have to look into the eyes of their foster child, who was once hurting and alone, and know they made the right decision. When discussing how many children need the love of a foster family, Emily encourages others to become foster families. She states, “Don’t choose to look away. Open your eyes, your heart, your arms, and lastly, your home.” You can make a difference in the life of a child by becoming a foster or adoptive family today! If you are interested in learning more about foster and adoption services, please contact Lutheran Family and Children’s Services at (417) 862-1972. LFCS is a proud member of the United Way, serving 28 counties in southwest MO. LFCS provides pregnancy counseling, adoption services, and foster care services. Services are available to families regardless of age, faith, gender, national origin, or race.

Springfield African American Read-In Group Presents Storytelling Workshop for Children SPRINGFIELD, MO.—“Tales of Wonder,” a children’s workshop on African and African-American folktales featuring local storytellers, will be presented as a preevent for the 23rd National African American Read-In (AARI) in Springfield at the Midtown Carnegie Library on Saturday, November 19. Gwen Marshall and Lynette Lewis, local storytelling favorites, along with

others experienced in working with area youth, will facilitate the workshop. The event is free and open to children in grades 4-8. Grades 4-5 are invited to participate in the program from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Grades 6-8 will participate from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Participants will learn about African and African-American continued on page 7

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tribal folktales. They will hear tales told by local storytellers, learn about storytelling, and participate in fun activities. The deadline to register is November 12. Call (417) 616-0580 or e-mail marthal@thelibrary.org. The national AARI coincides with Black History Month in February and is sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (http://www.ncte.org/action/ aari). The Springfield AARI event will be presented on Monday, February 6, at the Diversity Center at Drury University. "This will be our third year to celebrate the national African

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Oke-Thomas as the Minority Small Business Person Award for 2011. John Oke-Thomas is the President/CEO of Oke-Thomas + Associates Inc., Architectural and Design-Build Company based here in Springfield, MO since 1996. A community reception was held in honor of Oke-Thomas drawing well wishes from the Mayor Jim O’Neal, Chamber CEO, Jim

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Influential Women of 2011. Susan Marshall, is human resources manager for the Springfield division of the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). At MoDOT, Marshall manages human resources for District 8 in Springfield, focusing on avenues for increasing its female and minority applicant pool. Marshall is a Marine veteran who served for nearly a decade. She volunteers for Springfield Ad-

American Read-In here in Springfield and the local AARI Committee is planning events that are fun and that will entertain audiences of all ages. This year the AARI Committee hopes to promote literacy and the works of African Americans through the African American oral tradition of storytelling, some stories of which have been published for posterity,” said Grace Jackson-Brown, Assistant Professor, Library Science, Missouri State University, and co-chairperson of the Springfield AARI Committee. Martha Love, Special Projects Coordinator, Springfield-Greene County Library District, is serving as Springfield AARI co-chairperson. Local sponsors of the AARI are the Missouri State UniverAnderson and other community leaders and friends. The SBA Minority Small Business Persons Award is part of the national celebration of Minority Enterprise Development Week (MED Week). MED Week celebrates the accomplishments of outstanding minority entrepreneurs and leaders and provides a platform for small, minorityowned businesses to learn about business growth strategies, receive premier training and networking opportunities. vocates for youth, which works with about 36 young people to help them pull out of rough situations. She is also the current treasure of the Springfield Chapter of the NAACP and was instrumental on the planning committee for the first Minority Entrepreneurship Conference, sponsored in part by Drury University’s Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. You can read her full write up in the October 17-23, 2011 Springfield Business Journal.

sity Libraries, Drury University, Springfield-Greene County Library District, Springfield Public Schools, the Springfield chapter of the NAACP, and Storytellers of

the Ozarks. For more information contact, Martha Love (417) 616-0580 Email: marthal@thelibrary.org

Dr Ken Coopwood

Leadership Award in 2009, the Diversity Advocate Award in 2000 and the Multicultural Program Award in 1998. In spite of his accomplishment, Coopwood says he realizes the he is really a servant. “I do what I can to impact as many lives as possible,” Coopwood said. “ I don’t think about elevating Ken, the people I serve will do that.” “My intent is to be visible in some very real ways,” Coopwood said. “I’m not interested in just taking up a spot.”

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classroom and community experience here,” Coopwood said. Coopwood says he is already searching for opportunities for non-traditional collaborations with members of the community. “We need to be as much in the community as we may want the community to come to our campus events,” Coopwood said. Throughout his career, Coopwood has received multiple awards including the Shining Star of

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and flagpole to the cemetery. The class had a joyful “reunion” and dedication service in the cemetery to mark the class gift. There were alumni from both Central High School and Eastwood Junior High School in attendance at the gathering, as well as others who partici-

pated in this event. We would like to hear from anyone who has a photo showing the metal archway that once was at the entrance to the cemetery. Please contact: 417-877-0668 Our sincere thanks to all the volunteers and supporters of the Lincoln Memorial Cemetery. Your help has made the cemetery the lovely place it is today.


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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 November Is National Adoption Month by Laura Farmer Lutheran Family and Children's Services of Missouri Hailey is like most other teenage girls. She likes to hang out with her friends. She loves to shop and put on makeup. Her favorite food is pizza, and she loves Taylor Swift. Hailey does well in school, and her favorite classes are math and science. In her free time, she likes to watch TV, play board games, and paint her fingernails. However, Hailey would say that she is a little different from other teens because she is waiting for her forever family. Hailey has been in foster care for eight long years. During those eight years, she has lived with 10 foster families. Hailey desires to be with a family who will love and support her throughout the rest of her life. She deserves a chance to have a family to call her own. Ethan is a “guy’s guy.” He likes to be outside, hiking and exploring the great outdoors. Ethan also loves to ride his bike and skateboard. He is often described as adventurous. Ethan is a friendly boy, who can be very charming. Just like other kids, he likes to be social and spend time with his friends in his free time. Ethan has been in foster care for almost three years now and is still waiting for

his forever family. Like Hailey and Ethan, there are over 200 children in Springfield who are waiting for their forever family. These children not only need the support of a family who is willing to care for them, but they deserve it. “It takes a village to raise a child.” This adage rings clear and true for the children in our state’s foster care system. In Missouri, there are over 11,000 children in the foster care system. It is time that as a community, we do something and begin caring for these children. For Sam and Emily Mathews the decision to become foster parents was an easy one. They have just started their journey of fostering children who have been abused or neglected. Emily says that if they ever need

...there are over 200 children in Springfield who are waiting for their forever family.

a reminder of why they chose to become foster parents, they only have to look into the eyes of their foster child, who was once hurting and alone, and know they made the right decision. When discussing how many children need the love of a foster family, Emily encourages others to become foster families. She states, “Don’t choose to look away. Open your eyes, your heart, your arms, and lastly, your home.” You can make a difference in the life of a child by becoming a foster or adoptive family today! If you are interested in learning more about foster and adoption services, please contact Lutheran Family and Children’s Services at (417) 862-1972. LFCS is a proud member of the United Way, serving 28 counties in southwest MO. LFCS provides pregnancy counseling, adoption services, and foster care services. Services are available to families regardless of age, faith, gender, national origin, or race.

Springfield African American Read-In Group Presents Storytelling Workshop for Children SPRINGFIELD, MO.—“Tales of Wonder,” a children’s workshop on African and African-American folktales featuring local storytellers, will be presented as a preevent for the 23rd National African American Read-In (AARI) in Springfield at the Midtown Carnegie Library on Saturday, November 19. Gwen Marshall and Lynette Lewis, local storytelling favorites, along with

others experienced in working with area youth, will facilitate the workshop. The event is free and open to children in grades 4-8. Grades 4-5 are invited to participate in the program from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Grades 6-8 will participate from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Participants will learn about African and African-American continued on page 7

Workshop for Children continued from page 6

tribal folktales. They will hear tales told by local storytellers, learn about storytelling, and participate in fun activities. The deadline to register is November 12. Call (417) 616-0580 or e-mail marthal@thelibrary.org. The national AARI coincides with Black History Month in February and is sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (http://www.ncte.org/action/ aari). The Springfield AARI event will be presented on Monday, February 6, at the Diversity Center at Drury University. "This will be our third year to celebrate the national African

John Oke-Thomas

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Oke-Thomas as the Minority Small Business Person Award for 2011. John Oke-Thomas is the President/CEO of Oke-Thomas + Associates Inc., Architectural and Design-Build Company based here in Springfield, MO since 1996. A community reception was held in honor of Oke-Thomas drawing well wishes from the Mayor Jim O’Neal, Chamber CEO, Jim

Susan Marshall

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Influential Women of 2011. Susan Marshall, is human resources manager for the Springfield division of the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). At MoDOT, Marshall manages human resources for District 8 in Springfield, focusing on avenues for increasing its female and minority applicant pool. Marshall is a Marine veteran who served for nearly a decade. She volunteers for Springfield Ad-

American Read-In here in Springfield and the local AARI Committee is planning events that are fun and that will entertain audiences of all ages. This year the AARI Committee hopes to promote literacy and the works of African Americans through the African American oral tradition of storytelling, some stories of which have been published for posterity,” said Grace Jackson-Brown, Assistant Professor, Library Science, Missouri State University, and co-chairperson of the Springfield AARI Committee. Martha Love, Special Projects Coordinator, Springfield-Greene County Library District, is serving as Springfield AARI co-chairperson. Local sponsors of the AARI are the Missouri State UniverAnderson and other community leaders and friends. The SBA Minority Small Business Persons Award is part of the national celebration of Minority Enterprise Development Week (MED Week). MED Week celebrates the accomplishments of outstanding minority entrepreneurs and leaders and provides a platform for small, minorityowned businesses to learn about business growth strategies, receive premier training and networking opportunities. vocates for youth, which works with about 36 young people to help them pull out of rough situations. She is also the current treasure of the Springfield Chapter of the NAACP and was instrumental on the planning committee for the first Minority Entrepreneurship Conference, sponsored in part by Drury University’s Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. You can read her full write up in the October 17-23, 2011 Springfield Business Journal.

sity Libraries, Drury University, Springfield-Greene County Library District, Springfield Public Schools, the Springfield chapter of the NAACP, and Storytellers of

the Ozarks. For more information contact, Martha Love (417) 616-0580 Email: marthal@thelibrary.org

Dr Ken Coopwood

Leadership Award in 2009, the Diversity Advocate Award in 2000 and the Multicultural Program Award in 1998. In spite of his accomplishment, Coopwood says he realizes the he is really a servant. “I do what I can to impact as many lives as possible,” Coopwood said. “ I don’t think about elevating Ken, the people I serve will do that.” “My intent is to be visible in some very real ways,” Coopwood said. “I’m not interested in just taking up a spot.”

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classroom and community experience here,” Coopwood said. Coopwood says he is already searching for opportunities for non-traditional collaborations with members of the community. “We need to be as much in the community as we may want the community to come to our campus events,” Coopwood said. Throughout his career, Coopwood has received multiple awards including the Shining Star of

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and flagpole to the cemetery. The class had a joyful “reunion” and dedication service in the cemetery to mark the class gift. There were alumni from both Central High School and Eastwood Junior High School in attendance at the gathering, as well as others who partici-

pated in this event. We would like to hear from anyone who has a photo showing the metal archway that once was at the entrance to the cemetery. Please contact: 417-877-0668 Our sincere thanks to all the volunteers and supporters of the Lincoln Memorial Cemetery. Your help has made the cemetery the lovely place it is today.


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LifeStyle&EntertainmentNews by Lyle Foster Unite Contributing Writer

Movie Review—Real Steel

and so far without success. Add a kid who is quite endearing and a beautiful lady and you Real Steel is a fun entertainhave the mix for another boring ing movie that is perfect if you action movie or maybe just a tad are looking to just go better. The fact that this to a movie and just movie is produced by watch and simply Steven Spielberg cerrelax. In a way kind tainly means that it has of like it was meant potential and of course to be. it has some strong star I went to check power!!! I haven't meniout the movie having toned yet that Hugh really very low expecJackman is the star... Lyle Foster tations beause quite ladies take note if you frankly I just wasn't are a Hugh fan! And feeling the whole robot and Dakota Goyo turns in a strong little kid thing. Now in case you performance as his son and it don't know what I am talking is clear he will be making a lot about the story line of Real Steel more movies. has to do with a guy named One of the things that the Charlie Kenton who is a washed 2011 movie season has been out fighter and a dude who is criticized for is that a lot of not too good at relationships the movies released this year of any sort it seems. And one are remakes and sequels as relationship he doesn't seem if Hollywood has run out of to have a clue about is with his ideas... and guess what, Real little son who turns out to be Steel is based in part on a quite a bright kid. 1956 short story by Richard As an old fighter he still has Matheson. But in this case we some knowledge that is useful might want to be thankful for but it is overshadowed by his the seed that Mr. Matheson many debts and his need to planted. figure out the next payday. I Animatronic robots were haven't mentioned yet that this built for the film and that comis the near future and humans.... that means you and I ........don't have to go in the ring and fight anymore... that is now done by by Lyle Foster robots..... how about that? Well that may be a good idea and the Unite Contributing Writer robots are quite evolved and I usually try to review lovery adept in the ring and bring cal restaurants in an effort to their owners some fairly big ensure that we provide as much paydays. Our hero or at least our main support and attention to our independent local restaurants as character has tried his hand at possible and keep them viable. commanding a fighting robot

bined with some pretty crazy Hollywood technology actually makes for some pretty fun and exciting fight sequences. I have to be honest the story built and developed and had just the right amount of action, science fiction and character development that I became a robot fan in my seat!!! Yes I did and I started punching and boxing and even yelled "Get him!"... a few times and by the way that is not recommended... but fortunately the night I went was slow so I didn't get thrown out or entirely make a fool of myself. Actually, Real Steel has been one of the strongest fall movies and has done quite well at the box office. The female lead Evangeline

Lilly does a great job.... she knows Charlie for many years and is running her father's gym and knows a thing or two about putting robots together and tries to give some salient advice to Hugh Jackman. I will admit for the more sophisticated reader this film is probably not for you but if you want to relax ....go with the plot line and get entertained and even cheer a little and enjoy a high-tech fun movie with just enough story line... you might want to get in the ring with Real Steel. I was surprisingly glad that I did. Oh parents this is a good take your kid to the movie ... nothing that either of you have to cover your eyes or your ears for... and that's a rare treat in itself.

Family Resource Fair Hosted by New Hope Ministries continued from column below resources to those entrepreneurs interested in a sustainable or “green” business. In addition to sessions providing basic entrepreneurship skills, it will also include special sessions on “green” opportunities, tax credits, rebates and economic stimulus initiatives. Green Panel: Glenn Croston, Zeke Fairbank and Tim Pedigo; Drury Campus, Reed Auditorium, Trustee Science Center, Dinner andd Networking: 5:30 p.m. program 6:30 p.m. $15, includes dinner; to register contact Tammy Rogers (417) 873-6357

Anderson, Missouri State University, focuses on helping participants to understand the history of racism and how it still affects people today. Each program is limited to 20 participants. Next program is: November 10-11 at the Chamber. The cost to participate is $200 for non-profits and $300 for for-profits. Needs based scholarships are available from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. For more information, check out our website, or contact Kristen Westerman, manager of workforce development at the Chamber. (417) 862-5567

Thursday, Nov 10, 2011 Convocation featuring Glenn Croston 11:00 a.m. Drury U, Clara Thomson Hall, Free and open to the public.

Friday, Nov 11-20, 2011 "Our Town" By Thornton Wilder. ” Our Town is beautifully evocative, exploring the lives of people living in a small, quintessentially American town. The play focuses on three aspects of the human experience: Daily Life, Love and Marriage, and Death and Eternity. Its universality, its simplicity and its immediacy have made it a classic. Our Town is a hauntingly beautiful play, powerful, warm and deeply human. To purchase tickets, please call SLT box office at (417) 869-1334.

Thursday, Nov 10, 2011 Chamber's Facing Racism Program accepting applications; Facing Racism is a two-day program conducted by a consortium of trainers from Missouri State University, Drury University, and Springfield Public Schools, who are committed to providing a caring atmosphere. Our curriculum, led by Dr. Leslie

Food Review—Zio’s Italian Kitchen Zio's is a regional chain that has locations in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Missouri. I have not typically been a frequent diner at Zio's but it usually seems to be off my typical trail if you will. But recently I went back and found it to be a pleasant surprise... so

much so that I plan to go back soon. Zio's has one of those fun festive atmospheres that is fun and festive but not over the top. It has that American perspective of comfortable Italian decor that we like to represent as European. There is a bar for continued on page 9

Springfield, MO—Peoples Etiquette and New Hope Ministries team up to present the Light Bearers Family Resource Fair,

November 6, 2011 from 3:30 5:30 p.m. at the University Plaza. For more information contact Christine Peoples at 353-3189.

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

Every First Tuesday of the Month

Minorities In Business

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

monthly networking meeting

What: Networking When: 5:15 p.m. Where: Q Enoteca • Anyone interested in business is welcome. 308 West Commercial Street For more information contact (417) 861-0760

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


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November Message from the SPS Office of Cultural Diversity ated with low-self esteem. Self-esteem, in its most basic definition, refers to people’s evaluation of themselves. In particular, Achieving Better it refers to a person’s Results for overall appraisal of his Children of or her own worth and Absent Fathers personal value. Studies by Sara According to KrisMclanahan indicate that tina Elfhag, self esteem the effects of absent is important in many Gwen Marshall fathers on their chilaspects of our lives, for dren range from a lack of example, low self esteem has financial support (which contribbeen linked to depression and utes to the number of children other mental disorders, while in poverty) to social pathologies high self esteem has been linked associated with child abandonto academic achievement, hapment. In addition, these social piness, lower substance abuse, pathologies are strongly associand better survival rates in cases by Gwen Marshall Office of Cultural Diversity, SPS

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of medical disease. Self esteem is a stable personality trait important in the lives of children, as well as adults. In fact, some research suggests that children’s self esteem is a predictor of future outcomes in adulthood. While it is clear that children can survive without the presence of their fathers, this situation often does present difficulties. The presence of men in the lives of children, mothers, and families has much to offer, even outside of concerns about

Important Dates November 11, 2011 Parent Teacher Conference Day (Students Out All Day) November 23, 2011 Professional Learning (Students Out All Day) November 24-25, 2011 Thanksgiving Vacation (School System Closed)

financial stability. I would agree with researcher, Gerald Ogbuja who stated, “Money cannot supplement the psychological yearning of children whose fathers are absent.” It should be apparent by now that if better results are to be realized for the children of absent fathers, schools, community agencies, and of course parents (including absent fathers themselves) must work together to touch their lives in more positive ways. I leave you this month, with a quote from President Barack Obama that speaks to these concerns quite well. “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. We are the hope of those [children] who have so little, who've been told that they cannot have what they dream, that they cannot be what they imagine. Yes, they can."

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force diversity and their annual spend with MBE and WBE firms, as well as conducting outreach to obtain additional MBE/WBE firms to be utilized by the casinos. Wednesday, Nov 9, 2011 The Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship will hold the Ecopreneurship ConferenceThis conference will provide

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those so inclined but it is not the center of focus but the restaurant is large and open and the tables and chairs are comfortable and well spaced. On my last visit service was excellent... friendly.and ..prompt but not irritating. I visited with a friend and we both really enjoyed our meals. I started with calamari and it was flash fried just the way I like...... I tend to like mine crispier than some and it was good and tasty and I was satisfied. The unlimited salad bowl was fairly consistent with all of the offerings at the other Italian restaurants but it was at least plentiful. Rolls were hot and tasty and served their purpose. The chicken parmesean which I ordered was moist which is one of the most important things for me in a chicken dish such as this as opposed to being overcooked and dry. My guest had an entre of a spinach

artichoke pasta which was quite filling and very well prepared. Not surprisingly Zio's has a great array of pasta dishes and they are all generous portions and they are constantly updating and bringing out new entrees. It is easy to find something that you like at Zio's and it is good comfortable family fare which Springfield is very good for. I am fond of Italian cuisine and for a reasonable price this is a really good place to get a good variety of dishes. It is one of those places that is great for the after church crowd but it also works for an evening out with a special someone because the atmosphere has a hint of romanticism. On this particular day we just were too full for a desert and as an indication of how large the entres were we each had a to go box that provided a meal and a half later. The portions were very ample and that is another great reason to check out Zio's Italian restaurant. Zio's is located at 1249 E.

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Bartley-Decatur board chairman Mark Dixon was very pleased to receive notice of the award. "It' always nice to be recognized for doing something good," said Dixon. He added that the Bartley-Decatur Neighborhood Center's motto "Building Dreams, Nurturing Community" is in harmony with the mission of NSBA, which is to "promote and encourage worthwhile and honorable endeavors, which will make north Springfield a better place to work and live." The renovated BartleyDecatur Neighborhood Center is located at 918 E. Calhoun.

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Glenstone Ave not only to dream but to plan for The Springfield Chapter of the a whole new you for the dient to success, I always share Call to schedule an the future now,” Clay said. “We As I mentioned NAACP sponsored better! the event on appointment or come by. the same response: realizing are committed to education and October 21st at Missouri State earlier, 2009 may Walk-ins are welcome. Even in tough times, what's making you achieve sucmentoring.” Universityyou in get an effort to motivate bring greater uncerto decide how cess, and then realizing what is (417)832-8242 Key-Note Motivational Speaker youth to set and achieve academtainty and more unsetto respond to certain stiflingWomble, your success. 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Two hundred forty –six stumove you closer to your goals, make excuses for them, or hide Trena’s Exquisite He shared his personal story, world that seem so far beyond attended the all-day conferor farther away from them. them. This is when it's even Hair control, Salonit can feel dents telling the youth that discovering our individual ence from forces each ofwill thealways area high External be more critical to take personal Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. his passion brought joy to his life. unsettling. schools Clay said. part of the equation, even durinventory and evict those 1553 N. National Ave. “What can you do better than The Youth Enpowerment Don't give up on your goals continued on page 7 ing the good times when the Call: (417) 862-1106 Continued on page 11 Conference was open to youth in By Ron Ponds, Social Security District Manager

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Jenkins said he learned that taking the ACT now was the best plan for his future. “I learned that there are scholarships for almost anything you want to do,” Hilcrest Junior Trenika Jones said. Clay said 246 students is a sizeable increase above last year’s conference which had 200 plus participants. Clay said she only expects the conference to get bigger and better. “The youth are our tomorrow,” Clay said. “I just hope we will commit to encouraging them and above all being good role models for them.”

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Using Social media and Email to Market Your Business was the topic of the October 6 meeting of Minorities in Business. Standing-room only crowd met to explore effective uses and benefits of MySpace, FaceBook, Groupon, Twitter, LinkedIn, email and other digital media. The meeting was a joint effort between Drury Univeristy, MIB Alliance Industries and Oke-Thomas + Associates. The effective uses of social media

can be a great asset to any business. In today’s digital age, marketing and promotion must be easily accessible. Digital media is the way people communicate, learn and shop. To not take advantage of the ease and availability of social networking is a costly mistake for a business owner. Traditional advertisement and promotional services like television and print media can be expensive, and have a more limited audience. However, the investment for social media in nominal and the return on investment for it is substantial.

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discounts and driving directions. Email is another way of sharing information about your business or promoting your event. Emails are very cost effective. Paige Cahill, of Constant Contact marketing firm, reports that every dollar spent in email campaigns generates a $46 return in revenue. And according to Cahill, “Other social media will continue to evolve and change but email will not go away!” Cahill advises that emails be engaging, short, simple and relevant. Additionally, she says there should be a way of monitoring the email campaign. Knowing what time of day emails are opened, how many of the emails you send out are actually opened, and by whom. Collect email addresses from regular networking methods and use them to promote your brand. However, email recipients should always have a way of opting off your email list. Unsolicited emails can harm your brand. Businesses that want to be found use social media. While the monetary investment in social media may be small, there is a time commitment. There should be someone dedicated to updating information, responding to posts, uploading photos and otherwise maintaining the site. For more information on how to use social media in your business contact the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship at Drury University 417873-6357. Minorities in Business meet the first Tuesday of each month at 5:15 p.m. at Q’Enoteca, 308 W. Commercial St. in Springfield.

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Dr Kenneth Coopwood, Sr. Chosen as MSU Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion by Mia Jackson Unite Contributing Writer Dr. Kenneth “Ken” Coopwood has accepted the position as the first permanent Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at Missouri State University. Coopwood comes to MSU from University of Indiana Northwest in Gary, Indiana where he spent 8 years as the director of diversity programming, assistant to the chancellor and an adjunct faculty member in the school of Education.

experiences.” He will be responsible for Coopwood said he sees a 5 units at Missouri State Uniuniversity hungry to build its versity including: multicultural capacity to educate affairs, disability serand although he has vices, assistive technolidentified some hisogy, legal compliance, torical pockets of resisand diversity outreach tance, he is optimistic. and recruitment. “I’ve spent a lot of “I’ve been a divertime educating youth,” sity trainer for most of Coopwood said. my professional life,” Dr. Ken Coopwood Coopwood said he is Coopwood said. “ As passionate about youth, particufar back as I can remember larly about providing them early I’ve gone to school with people access to higher education. from different races, cultures “I’m interested in student’s and creeds. As an adult I Continued on page 7 understand the value of those

Lincoln Cemetery Designated as Historical Site by Landmark Commission & City Council by Carolyn Hembree, Lincoln Memorial Cemetery Board Member The Lincoln Memorial Cemetery Board is pleased to announce that the Springfield Landmark Commission and the Springfield City Council have voted to designate the cemetery as a historic site in Springfield. This designation is a recognition of the cemetery’s place in the history of our city and its importance to the African American community, in particular. The cemetery board

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