Our profiles of Columbia's Top Ten Black Leaders continue
Rather than jump for joy on news that NAACP leader Mary Ratliff -- another leader on our list -- had successfully pushed the Columbia City Council to appoint a black representative to the city's previously all-white Ward Reapportionment Committee, Cobbins immediately took a philosophical step back.
"Glenn B. Cobbins Sr., who has friends and family in the First Ward, said having a minority figure on the committee sounds like a good idea," the Missourian reported
. "But, Cobbins said, that person needs to be familiar with the culture and the community's issues. He thinks an interview process for nominees would ensure a person was appointed on the grounds of justice, not political correctness
This writer first met Cobbins on the school board campaign trail in 2005, when he asked at a forum why Columbia Public Schools didn't have more black culture and history resources, particularly regarding Columbia. The question made us candidates uncomfortable, perhaps because the truth of Columbia's past hurts.
Cobbins also challenged Almeta Crayton's nine-year City Council
tenure with the city's first recall effort in over a decade and helping move the city's famous Shotgun House, formerly on the corner of Worley and Garth, to the Boone County Historical Society, he made another salient but contrarian statement: "My people should be doing this," Cobbins said. "It is, after all, part of our heritage