Local organization, others work to bring change to First Ward

3 years 5 days 19 hours ago Tuesday, May 19 2015 May 19, 2015 Tuesday, May 19, 2015 2:52:00 PM CDT May 19, 2015 in News
By: Melody Myers, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA- Born and rasied in Columbia, Timothy Thrower remembers when the First Ward was all about community. However, in the 1980's he said he began to notice a not so great change within the area. 

"I think drugs was a major impact on a lot of the violence that erupted here in Columbia. People from different areas begin to come in Columbia and kind of poisoned it I would say," Thrower said.

One organization looking to address concerns of violence and public safety within the First Ward is the Imani Mission Center. Glenn Cobbins, co-founder of the organization, said he believes actions such as urbanization within the area helped for crime to spread in not just First Ward but throughout Columbia. 

Cobbins said one goal of his organization when it first began was focusing on helping those within the community, especially blacks, understand who they truly were.

"It was a thing of teaching people their identity. And see, cause there's a stigma that the so called black man or black people are suppose to be thugs or they're suppose to be dope dealers or burglars," Cobbins said. 

He said his organization also assists by helping those within the area find employment, complete resumes and doing what it can by actually going into the community.

According to Cobbins, although violent crime within Columbia has decreased, there has been an increase in black on black crime within the community. He said his organization wants to continue to raise awareness about the issue and help those within the community understand it's not okay. 

Thrower said he has a personal connection to violence within the First Ward.

"In a 2000, my son Detarius Williams Thrower was killed down here on LaSalle. During that time, I was incarcerated but I still made a way to communicate with him and guide him, you know, behind a fenced gate," Thrower said.

One initiative taken by the Imani Mission Center was the organization of a "We Are Family March" in early April to raise awareness of the issue. The group began at Hickman High School and ended their march at the Boone County Courthouse.

Judy Hubbard was behind logistics of the event and said the march was just one of many events the organization hopes to have in the future.

"We want to do another march in September to keep the issue in the forefront of people's minds and also we want to do either an ice cream social or a BBQ or something like that in July," Hubbard said.

Hubbard said everyone within the community has the power to address the issue.

"We have the answers within us. We have the resources within us to address this. It's not something that will, it will take some funding, but teaching a child and reinforcing in a young adult the right thing to do, that doesn't take money. That takes just getting out and walking in the streets and doing it," Hubbard said. 

Cobbins also echoed similar thoughts.

"The citizens, the normal people need to address this issue. The preachers, the reverends, the self-annointed bishops, the NAACP. They need to step in and do what their organization is suppose to do," Cobbins said. 

Fifth Ward Councilwoman Laura Nauser said the city has also taken into consideration recommendations and suggestions brought forth during forums held by the Mayor's Task Force Against Community Violence

"I think a lot of the concerns were with people in the First Ward maybe the relationship between First Ward citizens and the police department and more opportunities for the youth in the communityso that they could have positive places to go rather than not having ,you know, the ability or places they could go to congregate to where they won't get in trouble," Nauser said.  

Thrower said at the end of the day, it is important for everyone to do what they can to raise awareness to the issue of violence within the community and address it before it gets worse. 

"Go into the community, inside of it, in these areas and show yourself when this is happening. I think that right there would make a stand and say we're not gonna have this," Thrower said.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - On Thursday, the Columbia Airport Advisory Board announced the TSA approved a security screening lane to open by... More >>
4 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 11:41:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- May is known for Mother’s day, Memorial Day and in Missouri, the start of tick season. “May, June... More >>
7 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 8:21:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – The Columbia City Council discussed a recent engineering study today centering on increasing traffic flow east of Columbia.... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 7:11:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
HOLTS SUMMIT - After two months without a police department, New Bloomfield finally has one thanks to the city of... More >>
9 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 5:50:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a lawsuit filed after Athletic Director Jim... More >>
10 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 4:54:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in Sports
MONROE CITY - Some people diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease fight back, as did Michael Crager, the founder of Rock Steady... More >>
11 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 4:18:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – The U.S. Department of Health and Senior Services made changes to a family planning program, which the... More >>
11 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 3:56:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - In sometimes heated testimony, members of a Special House Investigative Committee looking into the Eric Greitens... More >>
11 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 3:54:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A report on a statewide rape kit audit shows that there are at least 4,889 untested sexual... More >>
12 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 3:23:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - With the holiday weekend approaching, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Save Our Air Medical Resources (SOAR)... More >>
14 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 1:28:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – More than 36 million drivers will hit the road during Memorial Day Weekend, according to AAA. Just... More >>
15 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 12:20:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A statewide program bringing together prisoners and puppies is celebrating a major milestone. A four-month-old redbone... More >>
17 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 10:15:00 AM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he thinks Kim Jong Un wants to do "what's right" but says it's... More >>
17 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 10:09:00 AM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
RANDOLPH COUNTY - A Huntsville man pleaded guilty to murder on Tuesday and received a life sentence with no chance... More >>
19 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 8:37:00 AM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
BUNNIK, Netherlands (AP) — An international team of investigators said Thursday that detailed analysis of video images and photos... More >>
21 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 5:58:00 AM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Potentially more than one thousand Missourians could lose their hunting, fishing and trapping licenses after a Department... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 2:27:00 AM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that President Donald Trump is violating the First Amendment when he... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 7:10:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in Continuous News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal district court in St. Louis has ruled that the Missouri prison system must... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 5:48:22 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 70°
4am 70°
5am 70°
6am 69°
7am 70°