National Football League quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, celebrated the United States Independence Day, July 4th, tracing his ancestral roots to Ghana.While many Americans were attending celebrations with endless food and music, the American football athlete visited the Municipal Hospital in Keita, a village in Atito, President Kwame Nkrumah’s Memorial, and toured Cape Coast Castle.Kaepernick shared his experience on social media to present the documented journey he and his partner, Nessa Diab, embarked on. He was pleased with the love he received. “What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence?” – Frederick Douglass. In a quest to find my personal independence, I had to find out where my ancestors came from. I set out tracing my African ancestral roots, and it lead me to Ghana. Upon finding out this information, I wanted to visit the sites responsible for myself (and many other Black folks in the African Diaspora) for being forced into the hells of the middle passage. I wanted to see a fraction of what they saw before reaching the point of no return. I spent time with the/my Ghanaian people, from visiting the local hospital in Keta and the village of Atito, to eating banku in the homes of local friends, and paying my respects to Kwame Nkrumah’s Memorial Park. I felt their love, and truly I hope that they felt mine in return.A post shared by colin kaepernick (@kaepernick7) on Jul 4, 2017 at 11:10am PDTAmerican born Kaepernick quoted Black social reformer, Frederick Douglass, as he pondered the meaning, or lack thereof, of independence as a Black man in America. “What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence?”The NFL football star was born to a White mother and Black father, yet, he never met his father but has been determined to learn more about his paternal history. The adopted Kaepernick was raised by two White parents in Wisconsin.Colin Kaepernick spent the 2016 NFL football season on the bench and in controversy. The San Francisco 49er quarterback was once a Super Bowl champion in 2013 but his political view on violence towards African Americans inspired him to sit during many National Anthems before games, turning fans into foes.He was released from the 49ers after a decline in performance while the team finished the season with a 2-14 record.Kaepernick has yet to sign with another NFL team and remains a free agent. Preseason games begin August 9.
John CooperJohn Robert Cooper, 81, died Tuesday, August 6 at St. Francis Hospital. He was born April 21, 1932, in Granby, Missouri to Everett and Mona (Cole) Cooper.After graduating from Granby High School, John served his country in the Korean War as a communications specialist. Upon returning to the United States, he worked for Boeing for a couple years, and then began working for Beechcraft. During his time there, he helped plan and design their EMC testing facility, and once won $1,000 in a contest for a money-saving suggestion.He retired in 1995 after 36 years at Beechcraft as the test engineer in charge of EMC testing for their Engineering and Experimental Division. After retirement, John became the family cook, and enjoyed trying out new recipes like borscht and blonde lasagna. Family was very important to John. He prepared many feasts for his extended family and he rarely missed the annual Cooper cousin reunion in Missouri. He was very handy around the house and used to repair TVs in his spare time.He liked genealogy, and researching his family tree back hundreds of years. His main hobby was woodworking, and he made many pieces of furniture for family and friends that will be treasured for years to come, including barrister bookcases, jewelry boxes, and quilt racks. Another of Johnâ€™s hobbies was polka dancing, which led him to become the first president of the POLK of A Club of Kansas. John is preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Mona (Cole) Cooper and his sister, Betty (Ron) Gaenzle. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Elsie; daughters Beverly (Dana) Anderson, Wellington, KS; Terri (Mike) Welch, Houston, TX, granddaughters Laura (Drew) Spencer, Roeland Park, KS, Danielle Anderson, Manhattan, KS; Tess and Jillian Welch of Houston, TX; and brothers Billy Joe Cooper and Jerry Lynn Cooper of Granby, MO. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Via Christi Foundation. Visitation 1-8 p.m. Saturday (family present 4-6 p.m.), at Culbertson-Smith Mortuary, 115 S. Seneca. View tributes at www.smithfamilymortuaries.com.
SHEFFIELD — The name of the woman involved in a semi versus bicycle accident near Sheffield last week has been released. The Iowa State Patrol says a semi operated by 62-year-old Dennis Gjerde of McCallsburg was northbound on US Highway 65 at about 3:40 AM on Monday October 28th when he struck a bicyclist who was also traveling northbound. 27-year-old Carrie Goodrich of Sheffield was initially transported to MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center in Mason City and was later taken to the Mayo Clinic hospitals in Rochester for treatment of what were described as life-threatening injuries. US Highway 65 was shut down for about three hours. A “GoFundMe” page entitled “Help for Carrie Goodrich” has been established. Her sister, who organized the page, says that Goodrich “has made some miraculous recoveries”.