William Jewell College and Clay County African-American Legacy Inc. will co-sponsor a panel discussion on “Blacks, Republicans and Race” at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 25 in John Gano Memorial Chapel on the college campus in Liberty, Mo. The event is free, and tickets or reservations are not required; donations will be solicited at the event.
A portion of the documentary film “Fear of a Black Republican” will be screened as a springboard for the discussion. According to the film’s web site, “Fear of a Black Republican” explores “the phenomenon of Black Republicans, their battles with Democrats and their own party, their struggle for power and acceptance within the African-American community and how this affects Black America and Urban America.” The documentary was directed by independent filmmaker Kevin Williams of Trenton, N.J. Additional information on the film can be found at www.fearofablackrepublican.com
Dr. Gary Armstrong, professor of political science at William Jewell, will moderate the panel. Panel members will include Carson Ross, mayor of Blue Springs, Mo.; Bev Randles, a North Kansas City Republican currently managing her husband’s campaign for governor of Missouri; Rev. Bobby Love, pastor at Second Baptist Church of Olathe, Kan.; and Tim Flook, an attorney, former Missouri State Representative and William Jewell College graduate.
William Jewell College is committed to bringing together talented students and gifted faculty mentors within a vibrant community sparked by a rigorous and intentional liberal arts curriculum. A full range of personal and professional development experiences are presented by the selective national liberal arts college’s location within the Kansas City metroplex of more than two million.