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Rev. Sam Mann Retires from St. Mark Union Church


Kansas City, MO – Two weeks ago, Rev. Sam Mann delivered his last official sermon after 40 years as pastor of Saint Mark Union Church. He's a long time civil rights advocate, who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and protested against the Vietnam War and South African apartheid over the years.

Over the years, Rev. Mann preached in and out of the church about poverty, education, race and violence; he's been kicked out of his fair share of pulpits. KCUR's Susan Wilson recently talked to Reverend Mann about his life and career on his front porch in Hyde Park.

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A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Susan admits that her “first love” was radio, being an avid listener since childhood. However, she spent much of her career in mental health, healthcare administration, and sports psychology (Susan holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Bloch School of Business at UMKC.) In the meantime, Wilson satisfied her journalistic cravings by doing public speaking, providing “expert” interviews for local television, and being a guest commentator/contributor to KPRS’s morning drive time show and the teen talk show “Generation Rap.”
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