Fezzes Take Over The Town, Welcome Shriners!


By Eric L. Wesson Sr.Dr. Alicia J. Chism
CALL Staff Writer

The Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Noble Mystic Shrine of North and South America and its jurisdictions (A.E.A.O.N.M.S.) will be hosting its Imperial session from August 18-24, at the Kansas City Convention center under the leadership of the 42nd Imperial Potentate Carl D. Parker and the 45th Imperial Commandress Dr. Alicia J. Chism.

The local hosts from Missouri’s Allah Temple # 6, the Illustrious Potentate Melvin Hawkins and Allah Court # 6, the Illustrious Commandress Fonda Elliott.

Bartle Hall will include paid attendees, exhibitors, presenters, staff and media. The convention is expected to generate a $20 million economic impact to the Kansas City, Mo. and Kansas area. An estimated 20,000 Shiners and Daughters, as well as their guests will spend money on hotels, food and gas expenses, shopping and philanthropic endeavors.

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Rep. Cleaver Statement On Trump’s Defense Of White Supremacists

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II, released the following statement upon watching President Donald Trump’s press conference wherein the President of the United States defended hate groups responsible for violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia over the week-end of August 12.

“Lordy, lordy. I now believe that the President’s natural inclination is to make matters worse. He ran a White House that had become a mess, but he has magnificently and proudly turned it into a Mess Hall,” he said.

“Equating the Klan and the Nazis with civil rights organizations and those whose very existence is based on destroying huge segments of the American population is a maze from which escape might prove nigh impossible. Anyone who justifies this behavior needs to fill out an application to work in the West Wing,” Rep. Cleaver said.

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Sisters’ Circle ‘Answering The Call’

Sisters CircleBy Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

August is deemed as Black Philanthropy month, which is currently in its seventh year.
Locally, Kansas City’s up and coming philanthropic group called, Sisters’ Circle, is on the rise only after two years.

This year they presented Awesome Ambitions with a check for about $17,000 to help in the endeavors mentoring school age girls.

According to Dr. Marjorie Williams, the group started a little over a year ago after she read a post by Ms. Pat McDonald that simply read, “What if?”

“The Sisters’ Circle stated in 2016 with the basic question posed by Pat McDonald on Facebook, ‘What if?’. That was just the statement that started the ball rolling,” Dr. Williams said.

“So, I responded back with question marks, because there was nothing after her statement. And then she stated what if we were able to organize a group of women who could come together and raise money to give back to our community? So, I immediately responded, ‘I’m in.’” Dr. Williams said.

So Ms. McDonald, Nicole Jacob Silvey and Ruth Roberson, along with Dr. Williams, formed Sisters’ Circle.

“The four of us got together and we met at a restaurant on Troost and we set out our goals of who we are trying to get the money out to and why and all of the questions that we thought would come up and then we built the group from there including the name,” she said.

“We went back to the old school model when social clubs couldn’t go to the hotels so they hosted events in the homes of the members. So, our first meeting was hosted by Cynthia Wheeler. We had about 100 women attend and we were all over her home. We were in the kitchen and the living room, too. Women parked and walked from several blocks to attend the first meeting. And we had all of the women sign a print of an African American woman to mark the first meeting,” Dr. Williams stated.

For women interested in joining the group and can’t afford the entire $202.50, they can make payments to pay the full amount within a year.

“We want women to be able to join regardless of their financial situation. Even at $20 per month they can join and be a part of the group. They just can’t vote until all of their dues are paid in full. People join because they want to be a part of something,” she said.

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