Juvenile justice expert tells life story of challenges.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Jean Whitney
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
A Kansas City law school graduate shared the life story behind his founding of an organization to turn around the lives of troubled urban youth, as part of Lindenwood University's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration. Tyrone Flowers, founder of Higher M-Pact in Kansas City, said he wants to disperse a model or method of working with high-risk urban youth that can transform their lives. "Higher M-Pact impacts youth engaged in destructive behavior by turning their obstacles into opportunities and by creating a solid foundation for success," according to the organization's website. Flowers, 41, provided a glimpse into the obstacles he himself overcame to provide the powerful, inspirational speech at Lindenwood's Black Student Union-…
Fee-free Arch visits, and sales.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a national holiday Monday, January 16. In St. Louis, the three-day weekend means it's free admission to the Gateway Arch on the Mississippi River, January 14-16. The National Parks Service has free admission days several times a year at many of its parks and monuments. Many celebrate the holiday as a day of service, to others, by volunteering wherever there is a need. On the other hand, K-Mart has taken the occasion to have blow-out sales during MLK Day holiday celebrations—online only. (See photo) King's leadership in non-violent civil disobedience resulted in key U.S. civil rights legislation during the mid-1960s, signed by then-President Lyndon Johnson—but not without the loss of King's life. King, 39, was …