Dr. Cornel West to Keynote JCBA Scholarship Banquet

20th Anniversary of the Jackson County Bar Association’s Judge Kit Carson Roque, Jr. Scholarship Banquet


The Jackson County Bar Association (JCBA) is thrilled to announce Dr. Cornel West as the keynote speaker at the 20th Annual Jackson County Bar Association Judge Kit Carson Roque, Jr. Scholarship Banquet, to be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. In addition, Dr. West will spend some time that afternoon with students from the regional law schools for a Q & A session also sponsored by JCBA.

The JCBA is comprised primarily of African-American attorneys from throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area and stands as one of the oldest minority Bar organizations in the Country.

“Since its creation in the early 20th century, at a time when African-American lawyers were not allowed to join the American Bar Association (ABA) or the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA), the organization’s purpose has been to serve as a resource for its members; to work to ensure justice and equal opportunity for all in the community.” – Marcos Barbosa, 2017 President of JCBA

The Judge Kit Carson Roque, Jr. Scholarship is an annual scholarship banquet sponsored by JCBA and given in honor of the late Judge Kit Carson Roque, Jr., an African American graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School and a former member of the JCBA. Judge Roque was also a dedicated civil rights leader, community activist and child advocate.

Twenty years ago, the first Keynote speaker was then Kansas City Mayor (now Congressman) the Honorable Emanuel Cleaver, II. Cleaver challenged JCBA to persevere in its efforts to help minority law students and their education goals.

“JCBA took on that challenge and have through the years awarded over $160,000 in scholarships to minority high-school and law students.” - Barbosa

JCBA is honored for the opportunity, along with its members and the community, to host Dr. Cornel West in honor of the 20th anniversary of this event. Dr. West is an American Icon, a “provocative democratic intellectual” who stands for many of the same ideals that JCBA has fought to advance. Dr. West is a Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary and has taught at other distinguished schools including Princeton, Yale and Harvard. He is a frequent guest on the Bill Maher Show, Colbert Report, CNN, C-Span and Democracy Now. An author of over 20 books, he is best known for his classics, Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and for his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, his most recent releases, Black Prophetic Fire and Radical King, were received with critical acclaim.

“Dr. Cornel West has a passion to invite a variety of people from all walks of life into his world of ideas in order to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. – a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice.” – www.cornelwest.com

Additional information on this event including tickets and donating to the Scholarship Fund will soon be published at www.jacksoncountybar.com or you may contact Marcos Barbosa at (816) 502-4648 Email: Marcos.Barbosa@kutakrock.com. P.O. Box 410184 Kansas City, MO 64141-0814

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