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Legislation #: 200125 Introduction Date: 2/13/2020
Type: Special Action Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS BARNES JR., ROBINSON, BOUGH, BUNCH, ELLINGTON, FOWLER, HALL, LOAR, LUCAS, MCMANUS, O'NEILL, PARKS-SHAW AND SHIELDS
Title: Honoring the life and achievements of Reverend Wallace S. Hartsfield Sr.

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DateMinutesDescription
2/7/2020 Filed by the Clerk's office
2/13/2020 Held on Docket (2/20/2020)
2/20/2020 Adopted

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RESOLUTION NO. 200125

 

Honoring the life and achievements of Reverend Wallace S. Hartsfield Sr.

 

WHEREAS, Rev. Wallace S. Hartsfield, Sr, a dedicated civil rights leader, community activist, and pastor in Kansas City, passed away January 23, 2020; and

 

WHEREAS, Rev. Hartsfield was born in 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia, and grew up in Jacksonville, Florida; and

 

WHEREAS, Rev. Hartsfield served a tour of duty in the United States Armed Services and entered Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he earned a Bachelor of
Arts Degree in Elementary Education then graduated from Gammon Theological Seminary with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees of Divinity; and

 

WHEREAS, Rev. Hartsfield served as Senior Pastor of Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church of Kansas City, Missouri, from 1962 until 1968 and 1972 until his retirement in 2008; and

 

WHEREAS, Rev. Hartsfield held leadership positions with many organizations including Congress of National Black Churches, Baptist State Convention for Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska, National Baptist Convention of America, Inc., Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission, Municipal Judicial Commission for Jackson County, and Jazz District Redevelopment Corporation; and

 

WHEREAS, Rev. Hartsfield was an organizer of Operation PUSH and PUSH Excel and was one of the organizers for developing the Linwood Shopping Center; and

 

WHEREAS, Rev. Hartsfield was the founder of the Concerned Clergy and a founder of the Baptist Ministers Union; and

 

WHEREAS, Rev. Hartsfield was known for his advocacy of the marginalized and disadvantaged in our community and was affectionately known as “The Godfather of the Preachers”; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANAS CITY:

 

That the Mayor and Council hereby recognize the life and extraordinary achievements of Reverend Wallace S. Hartsfield, Sr.; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof and that a copy hereof be presented to the family of Reverend Wallace S. Hartsfield, Sr. with the Mayor and Council’s extending its deepest sympathy to his wife Matilda Hartsfield and his children, Pamela Faith, Danise Hope and Wallace S. Hartsfield, II.

 

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