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’I know that we will overcome’

Bill Althaus
The Examiner

The Twitter account of Blue Springs High School graduate Justice Horn describes the former University of Missouri-Kansas City student body president as a leader, activist, trailblazer, KC Co-President of @Blacklivesmattter and the NCAA’s first openly gay multicultural wrestler.

Now add difference maker, as Horn has stressed the need for members of the Kansas City Police Department to have body cameras. The Police Department announced this week that it will start buying cameras, thanks to a grant from the DeBruce Foundation.

“I’m thrilled that the funds have been provided to get body cams for officers,” Horn said. “Look, I’m not anti-cop by any means. I just want a positive change in our community, and this is a big step forward.”

“I know that we will overcome, but we need to change our community,” he said. “This isn’t blacks against whites. This is people against racism. This is people against police brutality. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but we will overcome.”

Horn, a local leader in the Black Lives Matter movement, has been on the front lines this week during the protests on the Plaza. It’s been an exciting month for Horn, who was recently asked to serve on the presidential campaign of Joe Biden.

“The campaign will be bringing me in to help in the fight for LGBTQ rights,” Horn said. “As the first openly gay multicultural college wrestler and a social justice activist, I look forward to working on behalf of the communities I represent.”

But he has stepped aside from the campaign for the moment to be in the protests.

“Social activism is so important, like what we have been doing this week – getting our message across – letting people know that we are willing to work with them in a peaceful and dynamic way that will produce results that everyone can be satisfied with.”

“I have been on the streets of the Plaza and I have seen a change. We are making a change and we are doing it the right way. And I am so pleased and proud of that.”

June is Pride Month, and the Kansas City Council on Thursday was scheduled to approve a resolution “Recognizing the Service and Legacy of Justice Tyrone Horn, Jr.”

“When I heard about the resolution I didn’t know what to think or say,” Horn said. “I am humbled. I am honored. I am feeling so many emotions – what a great honor to be recognized at the first council meeting of Pride Month.”

“I want to see a positive change in my community, and by the events that are taking place, I am seeing that change, and it just makes me feel good, really good.”

He smiled, and paused for a moment.

“But there is still so much work to do,” he added, “and we’re ready to do it.”