For KSMU and Making A Difference Where you live, I’m Mike Smith. Today, just 6 months after the Community Foundation of the Ozarks announced its Rural Schools Partnership, a multi-level effort to strengthen southern Missouri schools, around 90 districts have signed on. www.cfozarks.org
Former Springfield City Council member Denny Whayne has a long history of working for civil rights causes. He joined the NAACP when he was 11 years old, and has been involved in the movement ever since. Threats have been made upon him on at least three occasions but he says "when you are doing what is right, it takes the fear out of it". Denny Whayne shared his story with Mike Smith, who produced this feature for the KSMU Sense of Community Series.