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Police Chief Karl Oakman | 'Make Music' Festival | Give Black KC

Carlos Moreno
KCUR 89.3
Newly sworn Kansas City, Kansas, Police Chief Karl Oakman responds to applause after being introduced on Monday, June 14.

The latest chief of the Kansas City, Kansas, police department is a native son, an international music festival makes its first appearance in the metro, and meet a participant in the Give Black KC collaborative.

Segment 1, beginning at 0:59: After nearly 30 years with the Kansas City, Missouri, police department, Karl Oakman crosses the state line to take the top job in Kansas City, Kansas.

Having risen to the rank of deputy chief on the Missouri side, Oakman describes joining the Kansas City, Kansas, force as "a nice homecoming." When it comes to priorities for the department he says, "My main focus is to make sure officers are well internally, so you have good officers serving the community."

Segment 2, beginning at 26:07: Kansas City is getting set to make some music.

Make Music Day is an annual international celebration held on June 21. More than 1,000 cities in 120 countries participate, and this year Kansas City is joining in. Visitors can enjoy hundreds of musicians at more than two dozen locations in the greater Kansas City area. Some even offer music lessons.

Segment 3, beginning at 46:49: In the days leading up to Juneteenth, the collaborative "Give Black KC" aims to raise $80,000 to support eight Black organizations currently working to address priorities for Black residents of Kansas City.

Today's spotlight is on The Nia Project that is investing in Black girls and women to address the intractable issues facing them.

Give Black KC runs through Saturday, June 19. For more information on the coalition and how to donate go to https://www.giveblackkc.org.

The first performance for Make Music Kansas City begins on June 21 at 10:30 a.m. with the last performance beginning at 8:15 p.m. Performances take place at various locations throughout the greater Kansas City area. All are free and open to the public. For complete listings of artists and locations go to https://www.makemusicday.org/kcmo/

Make Music Liberty is June 21 from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. at sites around town featuring 50 programs. Find a complete listing at https://www.makemusicliberty.org/

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