John Levin

I AM TOPEKA: John Levin, Lindyspring Systems

By SHALYN MURPHY Photos by JD MELTON In 1957, 19-year-old John Levin was running the Standard Oil service station at 29th and Topeka Boulevard, and although John sold the most…

CHRIS

African American Builders of Topeka: Chris Omni

CHRIS OMNI Founder and Visionary MAKIN’ MOVES Kujima “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” —Pablo Picasso MY STORY…

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African American Builders of Topeka: Don Perkins

DON PERKINS President Central Park Neighborhood Improvement Association Retired Child Care Supervisor Menninger Children’s Hospital “I’ll take it under advisement.” —Don Perkins MY STORY I joined the Central Park Neighborhood…

YOLANDA

African American Builders of Topeka: Yolanda Taylor

YOLANDA TAYLOR President/Photography Instructor Heavenly Visions Foundation “Never, never, never give up.” —Yolanda Taylor MY STORY Nearly 40 years ago, I served my country in the United States Army as…

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I AM TOPEKA: Caleb Asher, Sprout Communications

By SHALYN MURPHY Photos by JD MELTON After living and working in Topeka for more than 10 years, an exciting job opportunity in Austin, Texas, caused Caleb Asher and his…

TAMI

African American Builders of Topeka: Tami E. Farr-Smith

TAMI E. FARR-SMITH Chapter President Delta Sigma Theta NATIONAL ORGANIZATION Delta Sigma Theta is a sorority of college-educated women dedicated to public service with an emphasis in programs that target…

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African American Builders of Topeka: Norma Avery

NORMA AVERY President Family & Friends Juneteenth Celebration “My whole idea was to work to bring families back together, to keep God in their lives, to respect each other and…

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African American Builders of Topeka: Glenda Kearney Du Boise

GLENDA KEARNEY DU BOISE Chapter President The Topeka Chapter of The Links, Incorporated   VOLUNTEER STORY The Topeka Chapter of The Links, Incorporated has been an integral part of Topeka’s…

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African American Builders of Topeka: Lazone Grays

LAZONE GRAYS President/CEO IBSA Inc. “I am changing the narrative.” —Lazone Grays MY STORY While attending school at Washburn, I got my introduction to Black History by working in Mabee…

Clayton devlin

The Heart of the Entrepreneur: Devlin’s Wine & Spirits

      By KAREN RIDDER Photos by DAVID VINCENT   ABOUT ONCE A WEEK, Clayton Devlin gets asked about the grocery store. As owner of Devlin’s Wine & Spirits,…