Community Organization: Independence Diversity Task Force

August 31, 2017
To promote diversity in the Independence Community.

Our Goals:
In the spirit of inclusiveness, there will be 10 leaders representing diverse populations serving on board in the community by the end of 2011.

In the spirit of inclusiveness, there will be 10 leaders representing diverse populations completing Leadership Independence by the end of 2011.

The Independence Diversity Task Force was created by Leadership Independence to help promote diversity in the Independence, KS community. We begin this process with a Diversity Summit on April 4, 2009 bringing members from our community for many different walks of life to gather. We continue to promote diversity through a variety of events. If you are experiencing a problem, concern, or have an idea in regards to diversity please let us know.

Oral History: Bertha May LaSalle

July 26, 2017

Bertha May LaSalle was born July 13, 1923, "on a clap of thunder" according to her mother. She was named after her maternal grandmother. Bertha is an active and vibrant member of the community.


Interview : Indie Hip-Hop Artist MC Lars

July 14, 2017

This interview took place on 4/30/2015, at the Independence Public Library. MC Lars came to Independence as part of the Big Read Grant, April-June 2015, a community-wide celebration of Edgar Allan Poe. He gave a workshop with students at Independence High School and performed that evening for the community.


Author Interview: Judy Carroll

June 30, 2017

Judy Carroll grew up on a working farm in Kansas. After college, she worked in Wichita for Channel 8, KPTS and as a paralegal. After moving to Independence, Kansas, Carroll worked at a variety of part-time jobs before working as a paralegal for 28 years. She and her husband, Dan, are the parents of four children and have eight, soon to be nine, grandchildren.

These short pieces are taken from my blog, Family, Laughter and Laundry. As the mother of four and grandmother of eight, family is important to me. Laughter is important in a family, and whether, it is important or not, laundry is also a part of family life.

To Catch a Mouse

Who’s Afraid of a Big, Bad Spider?

What’s for Dinner?

A Remote Emergency

And How was your Day?

When Nature comes Calling

The Joys of Youth 

Beautiful Freedom

Carroll’s blog, Family, Laughter and Laundry is found at

Judy Carroll and Collette Reichenberger are the co-authors of Cameos of Courage, a children’s historical fiction book, and their blog is found at