What Will The Future Hold For The American Jazz Museum?

By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

On Thursday, Oct. 19, City Councilman Jermaine Reed introduced City Ordinance 170856 which provides certain assets be transferred from the control of the American Jazz museum to the Kansas City Parks and Recreation department effective May 1, 2018.

The Jazz museum currently leases and manages certain City assets including, without limitation, the American Jazz museum, the Blue Room, the Horace Peterson III 18th and Vine Visitor center, the tenant space for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the Gem theater.

The agreement and lease is set to expire on April 30, 2018.
On Wednesday, Oct. 25, Councilmen Reed in follow-up to his memorandum submitted on Monday, October 16, to the American Jazz Museum Board of Directors as well as other key stakeholders. Council member Reed’s initial memo outlined the “Reed Plan” to move forward concerning the Preservation and Advancement of the American Jazz Museum.

Council member Reed provided his testimony to the Finance Committee in support of his Ordinance No. 170856 regarding the American Jazz museum (AJM).

The ordinance went before the full City Council during its Legislative meeting on Thursday, October 26, where it passed unanimously, with Third District At-Large Council member Quinton Lucas and First District At-Large Council member Scott Wagner as co-sponsors. The ordinance puts forth for the Council’s consideration the following items:

• Appropriation of $225,000 of the City’s General Fund to fund the ongoing operations of the American Jazz Museum through the end of their contract on April 30, 2018
• Direction to the City Manager with respect to the existing contractual relationship with the American Jazz Museum, Inc., an independent nonprofit organization that currently leases and manages certain City assets including the American Jazz Museum, the Blue Room, the Horace Peterson III 18th and Vine Visitor center, the tenant space for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and the Gem theater.
• Direction to conduct an organizational assessment in a period of discovery and preliminary planning with respect to the ongoing management of these City-owned assets from and after May 1, 2018.

“By taking the time to complete this organizational assessment, we will be preparing for the strategic and business planning that is to come,” Councilman Reed said.

“For both phases, we can engage strategically with nationally known museum professionals – who can then lead us in a process that will honor the real history of 18th and Vine by engaging artists, musicians, historians, and cultural planners,” Councilman Reed stated.

Marlon Buie, Mayor’s Security Detail Retires After Almost 30 Years

By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

For the past 18 and 1/2 years, Marlon Buie has had the unique experience of guarding the past four Mayors of Kansas City.

On Friday, Oct. 20, Buie retired from the Kansas City, Mo., Police department after serving 29 years and 11 months.

Buie guarded former Mayors Emanuel Cleaver II, for four years; Ms. Kay Barnes for eight years; Mark Funkhouser for 6 months and current Mayor Sly James for six years.

Former Mayor Cleaver now a U.S. Representative told THE CALL, “I believe that Marlon could actually read my mind, because he seemed to know exactly what I needed, not just security matters, but the protection of issues of confidentiality as well,” Rep. Cleaver said.
“He deserves a comfortable and peaceful retirement,” he said.

Mayors James agrees with Rep. Cleaver and adds, “Marlon’s service to this City is unwavering. He has provided this community with a model of courage, professionalism, and humility for more than three decades.”

Trump Told Slain Soldier’s Widow That He ‘Knew What He Was Getting Into’, Florida Congresswoman Says

NEW YORK — President Trump told the widow of one of the soldiers killed in Niger that he “knew what he was getting into,” said U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Miami), who said she was in the car where the phone call was received.

Myeshia Johnson was on her way to the airport to greet the remains of her husband, Army Sgt. La David Johnson, when she received the call from the commander-in-chief, CBS Miami reports.

“David was a young man from our community who gave his life for our country,” Rep. Wilson told CBS Miami. “He’s a hero. I was in the car when President Trump called. He never said the word hero. He said to the wife, ‘Well, I guess he knew what he was getting into.’ How insensitive can you be?”

A White House official did not dispute Rep. Wilson’s characterization of the phone call. The White House official told CBS News Mr. Trump’s conversations with “the families of American heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice are private.”

On Wednesday morning, Mr. Trump took to Twitter to deny Rep. Wilson’s assertions:

Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2017

Told of the president’s tweet, on CNN’s “New Day” on Wednesday morning, Rep. Wilson responded, “Well, I don’t know what kind of proof he could be talking about. I’m not the only person that was in the car. And I have proof too. This man is a sick man. He’s cold-hearted and he feels no pity or sympathy for anyone. This is a grieving widow, a grieving widow who is six months pregnant. This is a young woman. She’s only 24 years old. She weighs maybe 110 pounds. And she has two other kids. 2 years old and 6 years old. And when she actually hung up the phone and she looked at me and said he didn’t even know his name. Now, that’s the worst part.”
After a service member is killed, the Defense Department speaks to the designated next of kin, and transmits the information to the Secretary of Defense. The Secretary of Defense passes it to the White House Military Office (WHMO), which also must confirm it. The twice-vetted information then goes to the president and his senior staff.

A White House official told CBS News the WHMO got the information Thursday, Oct. 19, and finished confirming it Monday. As soon as that was done, the letters were finalized and sent and calls scheduled, the official said. The calls from Trump to a designated family member were placed Tuesday, the official added.
Johnson and three other American soldiers were killed in an ambush in Niger on Oct. 4. He left behind a wife who is six months pregnant and two children, a 2-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl.