Reverend Clyde Ruffin has served the Columbia community wearing many hats – as a councilmember for the Columbia's First Ward council district, as a professor in MU’s Theatre department, and currently as the pastor of Columbia’s historic Second Missionary Baptist Church.
For KBIA’s You Don’t Say series, Rev. Ruffin sat down for a talk with life-long Columbian Barbra Horrell. Horrell is active in the Second Baptist congregation and works on historic preservation and education in the community. She’s also a life-long Columbia resident who was among the first African-American students to get a full ride in scholarships to MU, where she later worked for 45 years.
The two got together at the historic Blind Boone Home where they discussed growing up in Kansas City’s and Columbia’s segregated neighborhoods, opportunities taken and opportunities missed.
The “You Don’t Say” conversation series is a special project commissioned by the City of Columbia’s bicentennial Como200 task force. It’s co-produced by the Sharp End Heritage Committee and KBIA.