Black To The Future: The Top Five Black Political Figures Striving To Create Change in Kansas City

Meet 5 African American leaders advocating for a better Kansas City, Missouri

Quinton Lucas 

Lucas is the 55th mayor of Kansas City, Missouri. He was elected in 2019. Quinton started off as a law school professor and city leader. He is part of the Democratic party and is Kansas City’s third African-American mayor. Lucas is Co-Chair of MAIG where he is striving to create change and continues to hold the gun industry accountable and save lives in the process.

Brandon Ellington

Brandon is currently serving as the Third District at-Large City Councilman. He serves on the Neighborhood, Planning, and Development Committee, and on the Special Committee on Housing Policy. Ellington is dedicated to being an advocate for the underprivileged and disenfranchised.

Melissa Robinson

Robinson is serving in the Third District and began her social service career at the Ad Hoc Group Against Crime where she served as the Director of Crisis Intervention, assisting families in navigating the region’s social service and criminal justice systems.

Ryana Parks-Shaw

Councilwoman Ryana Parks-Shaw represents the 5th City Council District of Kansas City. She has lived in the 5th district with her family for over 22 years. She also serves as the Vice Chair of the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Commission, Co-Chair of the Health Commission, and Chair of the Mayor’s Houseless Task Force.

Lee Barnes Jr.

Councilman Lee Barnes Jr. is serving as Fifth District Councilman at Large. The Kansas City native is Chair of the Neighborhood Planning & Development Committee and a member of the Finance, Government & Public Safety Committee. He graduated from Kansas City Public Schools and received an Engineering degree from Kansas State University. 


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