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Anita Parran


Anita is Associate State Director for Public Affairs and Managing Editor of the AARP Missouri Website/Blog and Editor of the monthly newsletter, State Line. Contact: or

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Marvin Sands Graduates from AARP VLI

Posted on 02/20/2015 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

Today, Marvin Sands of Independence participated in the graduation ceremony for the AARP’s Volunteer Leadership Institute or VLI.    He was joined by 32 other exceptional volunteers from all across the country.  Richard Harwood, founder and president of the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, was a guest speaker. VLI is a rigorous and innovative training opportunity launched by AARP in December 2012 to mobilize highly skilled and motivated AARP volunteers to the next level of volunteer leadership.  This third VLI class …

Voting Rights 50 Years Later

Posted on 02/13/2015 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

As America celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), millions of eyes are on the hard-fought battle that was finally won in 1965. Forums, documentaries, and movies, such as “Selma”, are permeating the airwaves with the historic events that led to the Congressional passage of the VRA, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Aug. 6, 1965. But, even as the celebration of the victory has begun, there are those whose eyes remain focused on …

Economic Empowerment: The Unfinished Business of Civil Rights

Posted on 02/6/2015 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

National Urban League President/CEO Marc Morial, who last year hosted a conference themed, “Bridges to Jobs and Justice”, often stresses the need for poor people to have jobs as a key to economic empowerment and civil rights. Marcia Griffin, founder of Homefree USA, says home ownership is crucial to economic empowerment since “96 percent of African-American wealth is in our homes.” Michael Grant, president/CEO of the National Bankers Association, says the key to economic empowerment in the Black community is …

McCarther Graduates from VLI

Posted on 12/11/2014 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

Sidney McCarther of Kansas City was selected to participate in AARP’s Volunteer Leadership Institute or VLI and graduated from the program Dec. 10 in Washington DC. VLI is a rigorous and innovative year-long training program designed to elevate highly skilled and motivated AARP volunteers to the next level of volunteer leadership.  (S/he) will be joined by 33 other exceptional AARP volunteers from across the country, who will meet both in person and virtually throughout the year to build their leadership …

It’s Older Driver Week!

Posted on 12/3/2014 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

In celebration of Older Driver Safety Awareness Week – December 1 through 5 – AARP members and non-members can register fo the AARP Smart Driver online course at 30 percent off the normal rate! This offer is good until December 7! Upon registration at, participants have 60 days to complete the course in which they will learn valuable safe driving strategies. Older Driver Safety Week is sponsored by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and aims to provide understanding …

Celebrate Caregivers!

Posted on 11/18/2014 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

At any time during the year, more than 1,270,000 Missourians perform a great labor of love: caring for aging parents, spouses, and other loved ones so they can remain in their homes. These family caregivers are sometimes on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week – and often they can’t even take a break. But they wouldn’t have it any other way. That’s why we honor these unsung heroes for their labor of love during November: National Family …