End of an Era: Joplin’s Melodee Colbert-Kean reflects during her final days on City Council

The former Mayor of Joplin and soon-to-be former City Councilwoman reflects on her time in office and shares her thoughts on the protests happening around the country.

In 2005, Joplin City Council member Jim West held a meeting with members of the city’s black community. There were several council seats open at the time, and he wanted to see whether anyone would consider running for one of them. When one young lady noticed none of the older citizens were showing any interest, she decided to speak up.

Since that meeting, Melodee Colbert-Kean has represented Joplin’s Zone 2, and along the way, became the city’s first black mayor. Now, as she prepares to step down from her seat council, we stopped by her restaurant in East Town to check in, and see what the last fourteen years have meant to her.

Melodee shares her thoughts on the current protests happening around the country: