Saturday, October 2

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

St. Mark Center for Child Development

2008 E. 12th Street • KCMO • 64127

Protest+ Hope = Healing

Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey Vision – A diverse community united by dance to inspire and change lives

 It is with this thought or mantra that we channel the collective.  Striving to be all that you can imagine each day. Embody the hope that we are born with. Develop the courage to challenge injustice and heal the world and broken hearts.

Today is always the first the only day we have… Change starts with a thought.


Welcome Tyrone Aiken, Chief Artistic Officer

Together we breath….

Courtney Collado

Loving You

Choreography: Tyrone Aiken

Music: Al Green

Dancers: Kennedy Banks, Courtney Collado, Marcus Johnson


Why Art

Maria North Morgan “Maria North Morgan is a lifelong civil rights attorney who has spent her career fighting injustices caused by racism. The artwork you see today is part of a series created called The Pandemic/Revolution 2020.



Choreography: Tyrone Aiken

Dancer: Courtney Collado

Music: Take 6


My Black History

Poet: Natasha Ria El Scari

I think so often we think of Black history as “out there”. This isn’t true. Our families have their own stories of resilience, and we are not monolithic. I want to show how we continually reinvent ourselves!

Owens/Cox Dance Company

I love This World

Choreography: Jenifer Owens

Dancer Christopher Page Thomas

Music: Brad Cox


The Black Repertory Theater

August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Performer: Damron Armstrong

You For

Choreography: Tyrone Aiken

Dancer: Marcus Johnson

Music Jon Baptiste


Something New

Poet: Jose Faus


Heart and Home

Choreography: Tyrone Aiken

Dancer: Kennedy Banks

Poem: Sheri Purpose Hall


Poet: Glenn North


Today Is The Day

Choreography: Tyrone Aiken

Dancer: Latra Wilson

Music: Abby Lincoln, Max Roach

Event Sponsors

Board of Directors

Tammy Edwards – President
Julianne Story – First Vice-President
Lisa Klein, Ph.D. – Second Vice-President

Gene Agee – Treasurer
Jesse Barnes – Secretary
Allan Gray, II – Chairman Emeritus


Jamie Allen

Brittany Barrientos

Brandon Boulware

Bunni Copaken

Karen Curls, PhD

Donna Davis, PhD

Chris DeVolder

Wesley Fields

Carolyne Gakuria

Jane Gard

Carlos Gomez

Lindsey Heinz

Gina Hull

Sharon Hoffman

Nate Hogan

Kelly Murphy

Jessica Thompson

Dr. Marjorie Williams

Kimberly Winter

Jean-Paul Wong


Melanie Miller − Chief Executive Officer
Tyrone Aiken − Chief Artistic Officer

Melissa Taylor – Director of Development

Gabriell Butler – Director of Marketing

Michael Joy – Director of Artistic & Educational Programs

Elaina Thomas – Master Teaching Artist

Shayn Heard – Finance Associate

Weegie Vaughn – Finance Assistant

Cathy Jolly – Development and Events Coordinator

Special Thanks

St Mark Child and Family Development Center

Deidra Anderson

Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department

Karmen Bradley

Sonié Joi Ruffin