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By virtue of Harmony's work, the Kansas City metropolitan area will be a model community that values and respects the cultural diversity of its people, a community that strives for a high quality of life for all, and one that celebrates the uniqueness of each individual.

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Harmony is a resource and catalyst in and for the metropolitan Kansas City community to improve race relations, increase appreciation for cultural diversity, and eliminate intolerance.

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Kansas City Harmony began in 1989 when Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor pro-tem Emanuel Cleaver and Mayor Richard Berkley galvanized leadership within business, government, education, and religious communities to work on an eighteen month project to improve race relations, reduce prejudice and celebrate diversity throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area.  It soon became evident to those involved with Harmony that improving race relations and reducing prejudice was not a "project", but an ongoing process.

Race relations and diversity work require vigilant attention in order to build upon and expand the progress that has been achieved.   Through the committment of civic leadership, progress will continue to be made to make our community, Kansas City, a world class city.  What began as a project with fanfare and celebration, continues as a multi-faceted community process, fulfilling its mission and completing its vision.

Harmony, commonly known by one of the organization's earliest and most successful campaigns, "Harmony in a World of Difference", continues to diligently pursue its mission... " to improve race relations, increase appreciation for cultural diversity and reduce prejudice in metropolitan Kansas City."  Kansas City Harmony works toward uniting classrooms and living rooms, cultures and races; building bridges that will span generations.

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Diane Hershberger,
Executive Director
Darryck Dean, Associate Executive Director
Candice Harrison, Community Involvement Coordinator

Maryan Warsome, Administrative Assistant
Vicki Richmond, Blue River Glade Project Coordinator
Janet Moss, Congregational Partners Program Coordinator


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Board of   

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Millie Nottingham
, President, AT&T
Bill Washington, Vice President, Sprint
Robert Glaser, Treasurer, Community Volunteer
Harriet Brewer, Secretary
American Family Mutual Insurance
Robert Zambri, Past- President, Fortis Benefits
Rev. Emanuel Cleaver II, Honorary Chair
Marian Augustus, WyCo/KC, KS Unified Govt.
Mark Bohen, Fortis Benefits
Michael Carter, Carter Broadcasting
Irene Caudillo,
Opportunities Unlimited
Ron Curry,
Community Volunteer
Abbie Dillard,
Sprint PCS
Olivia Dorsey,
Taylor Fields,
Fields & Brown Attys. at Law

Dena Fortini, Hoescht Marion Roussel
Eileen Garry, The Museum Without Walls
Vickie Harris,

Ricky Olivarez, Coalition of Hispanic Organizations
Richard Spring,

Marvin Szneler, Jewish Community Relations Bureau/American Jewish Committee
Crystal Whitmore,
Deluxe Checks


Youth Empowerment Summit


Advisory Council   
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Mark Levin, Congregation Beth Torah
Justin Orr,
Heart of America Indian Center
Paul Quick,
Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Dee Rusconi,
Joshua Taub, Temple B'nai Jehudah
David Warm,
Mid America Regional Council
Paul Williams,
Community Volunteer
Lenita Johnson,
Children's Mercy Hospital
Josephine Njoroge,
Village Church
Shirley Phenix, Resources Management & Consulting
Pauline Rios,
Mid-Continent Council of Girl Scout
David A. Smith,
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kansas City
Tom Van Dyke,
Bryan Cave, LLP
Bronwyn Werner
Scott O. Wright,
Western District Court of Missouri
Marjorie Kaplan,
Shawnee Mission School District
Dave Odegard,
Odegard Outdoor Advertising
Vic Poirier,
Kansas City Power & Light Company
Joe Rodriguez,
US Department of Justice
Beth Smith, Bloch School of Business
Cathy Wagner,
Old Northeast, Inc.
June White,
Station Casino
Susan Asjes,
Women's Foundation
Richard Berkley,
Tension Envelopes
Tom Bowser,
Blue Cross & Blue Shield
Russell Brown,
Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
William Clark,
Urban League
Jane Elliott,
Brown Eyed-Blue Eyed Consultant
William Fromm,
Barkley & Evergreen
Susie Haake,
Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Pat Jacobs-McDonald,
Black Economic Union
Rosalyn Bauchum,
Heart of America United Way
Mike Boothe,
Hickman Mills School District
Melicent Boysen,
Visible Horizons
Betty Burry,
Lucille Douglas,
Community Activist
Pearl Fain,
KCMO Police Department
Gerard Grimaldi,
Kaiser Permanente
Marian Hess
Mary Lou Jaramillo,
Mattie Rhodes Center
Edward Beasley,
Educator & Historian
Rita Botello,
Advance/COHO Civil Rights Committee
Art Brisbane,
Kansas City Star
Peggy Ekerdt,
Visitation Catholic Church
Maggie Finefrock,
The Learning Project
Sheryl Guth,
William Chrisman High School
Evelyn Hudson,
Douglass National Bank
Drue Jennings,
Kansas City Power & Light Company


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Last Updated: September 05, 2000