Kansas City could become the epicenter for welcoming diversity and social change with the creation of two foundations borne from intolerance, hatred and death.
The families of victims of the shootings a year ago at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom in Overland Park announced Tuesday that they were creating two groups — Racial and Religious Acceptance and Cultural Equality and Faith Always Wins. They will annually put together a week of activities to promote healing, The Kansas City Star reports.
This year that week is April 7-13. It will be called SevenDays: Make a Ripple, Change the World. It will include a Peace Walk on April 13.
The initiative grows out of the April 13, 2014, slayings of William Corporon, his grandson Reat Underwood and Terri LaManno. They were shot to death by a self-described anti-Semite. F. Glenn Miller Jr. faces capital murder charges in the killings.
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The effort locally should grow and be picked up elsewhere to counter the increasing national and worldwide problems of hate, religious intolerance and racism. Let’s not forget the anti-immigration fervor. The local effort would enable love, acceptance and understanding to radiate from the heartland.
The victims and families of the awful tragedy would want it no other way.