John Sharp is a longtime community leader and former City Councilmember, State Representative and Hickman Mills School Board member from south Kansas City.
Since leaving the City Council in 2015, John has devoted most of his time to volunteer work in the community. He currently serves as president of the South Kansas City Alliance, board president of the Community Assistance Council and as a 6th Council District representative on the city’s Public Improvements Advisory Committee. He serves on the boards of Cultivate Kansas City, the Hickman Mills Educational Foundation and Southland Progress and on the executive committee of the Kansas City, Mo., Branch of the NAACP. John writes a regular column, South KC Perspective, for the Martin City & South KC Telegraph newspaper.
He has received numerous awards for his community service including the Evelyn Wasserstrom Award for his commitment to the causes of freedom and justice for minorities and oppressed people from the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Mickey Dean Leadership and Commitment Award from the Kansas City Human Relations Department, the Excellence in Government Award for protecting workers’ rights and preserving the middle class from Labors Educational and Political Club Independent, the Excellence in Leadership Award from the South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and the Time Well Spent Award for his involvement in multi-cultural issues from the United Minority Media Association.
John regularly attends community meetings in south Kansas City and is tireless in his support of its neighborhoods and residents.