Springfield NAACP

Emily McTavish / KSMU

Cheryl Clay is a product of Springfield Public Schools. She went to Boyd Elementary, Pipkin Middle School and graduated from Central High School. She remembers growing up in very close-knit and vibrant black community.

While she says she had a great childhood, Clay saw no opportunity for herself after high school so she moved away. However, since moving back to Springfield 13 years ago, Clay says things have changed.

Springfield NAACP

An annual event is planned in downtown Springfield Monday (1/18) to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.  The Unity March, with a theme of “We Stand as One,” will get underway at 9 am at Mediacom Ice Park, 635 E. Trafficway, and will end at the Gillioz Theatre on Park Central East. 

Mike Smith / KSMU-FM

In the aftermath of the August 2014 police shooting of 18 year old Michael Brown of Ferguson Mo., Governor Jay Nixon directed the Mo. Dept. of Public Safety and the Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (POST) to submit by December 1st, new rules to improve access to effective and ongoing training for Missouri law enforcement officers in 3 key areas:  1. Tactical Training, including de-escalation skills.  2.  Fair and Impartial Policing.  3.  Safety, Health and Well-being of Officers.  The goal is to enhance safety for citizens and law enforcement officers alike.