M.C. Richardson, founder of the United Minority Media Association in Kansas City, Mo. was shocked as were many close to Rosa James, who passed away last week in Kansas City. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 6 at Second Baptist Church 3620 E 39th St, Kansas City, Mo. Visitation 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5 at Lawrence A. Jones & Sons Linwood Chapel. Interment in Longview Cemetery.
An official obituary was unavailable at K.C. Globe press time, however, we contacted Richardson because she was a charter member. Richardson made the following statement on behalf of the organization’s membership:
“Rosa Marie Davis James was the treasurer of the United Minority Media Association, Inc. (UMMA).
She became a charter member when we incorporated on in 1974. She is affectionately known as the ‘facebook and e-mail queen’.”
Richardson said James was more than just a teacher, she was an activist and community leader. She was the one that when she moved to Kansas City from North Carolina, she immediately got people registered to vote and never stopped.”
A retired educator, James was a member of Freedom, Inc. and an active member of the Kansas City, Missouri NAACP. She was also the coordinator of the Black Agenda group.
She was a also a committee woman for her district.
Richardson continued, “Rosa was a person we all relied on and we will miss her tremendously.”
Richardson said that future plans are to name in her honor, the student internship program between KCUR radio, UMKC, KKFI radio and UMMA.