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Barbra Horrell is a life-long Columbian who worked 45 years for MU and is an advocate for African-American history and preservation with the Sharp End Heritage Committee. Annelle Whitt spent more than two decades as an insurance executive, and now runs the Columbia Public Schools district’s MAC scholars program.

For this edition of the conversation series “You Don’t Say,” the two women got together at Horrell’s alma mater, Frederick Douglass High School, to talk about their experiences working, shopping and living in Columbia.

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Rev. David Ballenger grew up in Columbia during the 1950s and 60s. He grew up in an African-American community in Columbia that has grown much larger than when he was a child, yet many neighborhood landmarks, family homes and businesses in the Sharp End district and on Third Street were destroyed through urban renewal.

Ballenger is a long-time Columbia resident, pastor, school board member, and grandparent, who currently serves as pastor of the historic Log Providence Baptist Church.

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David Ballenger has been the pastor at Log Providence Baptist Church in Columbia since 1984. He’s a familiar face in the city – he grew up in Columbia, went through its public schools, and played on its football teams.

Ballenger would later get his start at IBM, where he worked until he retired after 30 years on the job. Ballenger has served on the Columbia School Board and various hospital boards for years.

For KBIA’s You Don’t Say series, Ballenger met with fellow pastor and Ward 1 City Councilmember Clyde Ruffin to talk faith and family across Ballenger’s kitchen table.

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In this edition of KBIA’s “You Don’t Say” series, mid-Missouri NAACP Director Mary Ratliff speaks with long-time Columbian Sehon Williams.

Williams is a 97-year-old World War II veteran who has many memories – of growing up and going to school in Columbia, going to war, and raising a family in the neighborhood at Garth and Worley where he’s lived through the decades.

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In this conversation for KBIA’s “You Don’t Say” series about the black experience in Columbia – Sharp End Heritage Committee chair James Whitt speaks with Second Baptist Church deacon Larry Monroe. They talked about Monroe's memories of the sights and sounds of the historic Sharp End business district.

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Barbra Horrell is a life-long Columbian who graduated in 1959, with the last segregated class at Douglass High School. She went on to become the first black student from Columbia to get a full ride in scholarships to MU, and then spent 45 years with the university before retiring. Horrell is a key advocate for historic preseration and education in Columbia with the Sharp End Heritage Committee. 

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KBIA's conversation series "You Don't Say" explores the black experience in Columbia, then and now.

In this edition, long-time Columbians Muriel Browder and Monica Naylor discuss what it was like to grow up in the families of prominent education advocates during an era on the brink of social change.