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MLK Luncheon

2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Luncheon

 The MCC Foundation Presents the 
2020 MCC Chancellor's Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Luncheon.

KC Downtown Marriott 
11:30 am to 1:00 pm Friday, January 17, 2020

Featured Speaker, Ed Gordon  |  Panel Moderator, Steve Kraske  |  Panelist, Mayor Quinton Lucus

Special Guest Mr. Willie Lanier

Ed GordonFeatured Speaker
Ed Gordon

Hard hitting, inspiring, intelligent, honest, and direct: these are some of the words used to describe the style and approach of Emmy award winning broadcaster Ed Gordon. Known for his stellar interaction with newsmakers from the worlds of politics, entertainment, and sports. Gordon is also president of Ed Gordon Media, a multi-service production company.

Gordon is host and executive producer of Ed Gordon, an hour-long quarterly news magazine on Bounce TV. The programs have featured; an emotional interview with The Mothers of the Movement, a group of women whose children had been killed by senseless violence as well as a look at the movie, The Birth of a Nation and the controversy surrounding it’s star and director Nate Parker. Other highlights include a profile of controversial Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and exclusive interviews with comedian Steve Harvey, R&B singer Maxwell and the cast of the mega-movie, Girls Trip. read more

In 2017, Gordon’s fiery interview with White House staffer Omarosa Manigault-Newman made national headlines.

Gordon also can be heard on The Steve Harvey Morning Show where he gives his perspective on current national headlines. He also delivers, Right Now with Ed Gordon providing daily commentaries for radio stations across the country. He is also the host of the nationally syndicated radio program, Weekend WITH ED GORDON. The 2-hour program is a mix of talk, information, entertainment, and music. It’s been called “a fun, smart radio show for grown folks.”

Gordon hosted and executive produced the nationally syndicated one-on-one program, Conversations with Ed Gordon.  The signature program allows Gordon to bring newsmakers and celebrities up-close and personal to viewers. Over the years guests have included: Oprah Winfrey, Denzel Washington, Kevin Hart, and Janet Jackson among many others. 

Gordon continues to be on the forefront of news.  He conducted one-on-one interviews with President Barack Obama during his historic presidency. Gordon also anchored BET’s coverage of the important 2012 Presidential election, Obama’s second inauguration, Nelson Mandela’s funeral from South Africa, and the 50th Anniversary of the historic March on Washington.

Gordon distinguished himself during two stints at BET. He’s had many roles at the network including host of BET Tonight, anchor of BET News, and creator of his signature one-on-one series, Conversation with Ed Gordon.

The list of impressive positions Gordon has held includes; contributing correspondent for the CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes II and contributor for NBC’s Today Show and Dateline, NPR’s News and Notes with Ed Gordon, MSNBC anchor & host of nationally syndicated television programs, Our World and Weekly with Ed Gordon.

Throughout his career, Gordon has covered many of the world’s most defining events-

from the historic 2008 United States Presidential election, to the freedom of South Africa’s Nelson Mandela, to the beating of Rodney King, to upheaval in Haiti and Cuba. He’s also provided comprehensive coverage and up-to-the-minute reports on many other domestic and international affairs, including the tragic September 11th attack on America.

Some of Mr. Gordon’s other notable works that have garnered the admiration and respect of viewers and colleagues include:

  • The infamous O.J. Simpson interview
  • An exclusive interview with pop superstar Janet Jackson about her secret marriage and painful divorce
  • No holds barred, headline-making interviews with controversial Senator Trent Lott and embattled singer R. Kelly

Gordon’s impressive portfolio also includes conversations with newsmakers the likes of Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, television mogul Oprah Winfrey, Beyoncé, Academy Award winners Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx and Halle Berry, as well as Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan, comedian Kevin Hart, actor Idris Elba, Tupac Shakur and Michael Jackson among others.

In addition to an Emmy, Gordon is the recipient of many other awards recognizing his talent and professionalism. His awards include the NAACP Image Award, as well as the prestigious Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalists.

Gordon is an alumnus of a special list; PEOPLE magazine named him one of its 50 most beautiful people.

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Presented by: 

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Panel Moderator
Steve Kraske

Steve KraskeSteve Kraske is host of “Up to Date,” a daily interview program on 89.3 FM KCUR, Kansas City’s public-radio station. The show airs at 11 a.m. weekdays.

He was the long-time lead political writer for The Kansas City Star and a member of The Star’s editorial board. He retired from the paper in April following a 33-year career.

He has won numerous awards for his print and broadcast work. The Washington Post called him one of the nation’s top state political reporters. The Pitch named him Best Media Personality, and Johnson County Community College presented him with its Headline Award.

In 2016, he was a fellow at the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas.

He has been a guest on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” MSNBC's "Meet the Press Daily," National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and CNN’s “Capital Gang” and “Inside Politics.” He makes regular appearances on "Kansas City Week in Review" on Kansas City Public Television.

He is a former John S. Knight Journalism fellow at Stanford University and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

He has worked at daily newspapers in Illinois and Iowa in addition to a stint at United Press International. He has taught at UMKC since 2013.

Mayor Quinton Lucas

Mayor Quinton Lucas

 Quinton Lucas, “Mayor Q,” was sworn in as the 55th mayor of Kansas City on August 1, 2019.

As mayor, Quinton has prioritized making Kansas City’s neighborhoods safer, creating more accessible and affordable housing and public transportation, fostering a healthier community and improving basic services. Quinton created and chairs the City’s Special Committee on Housing Policy.

Born and raised in Kansas City, Quinton has spent most of his life in the city’s urban core. As a child, he moved often and experienced homelessness, sometimes staying with family or friends, or residing in a motel. Despite these challenges, Quinton remained focused on his schoolwork, earning academic scholarships to high school, college and Cornell Law School before returning home to Kansas City.

Since 2012, Quinton has been a member of the University of Kansas Law School faculty, where he served as one of the youngest tenure-track law professors in the country. He is active in the Kansas City community and volunteers extensively in area schools and organizations, including providing mentorship in local prisons.

Quinton lives in the Historic 18th and Vine Jazz District, which he previously represented on the City Council.


Mr. Willie Lanier

Special Guest, Mr. Willie LanierMr. Lanier was a second-round draft pick out of Morgan State University. Drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1967, he enjoyed an outstanding 11-season career as middle linebacker for the Chiefs and played in Super Bowl IV when Kansas City defeated the Minnesota Vikings 23-7. He was inducted into the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame in 1985 and in 1986 he was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Following his distinguished football career, Mr. Lanier has enjoyed an extensive career in financial investment and wealth management services.



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