February is Black History Month, and 41 Action News is highlighting the importance of Black culture and history in the Kansas City area.

Black History Month celebrates Black peoples’ achievements and their role in U.S. history — a history which is documented in Kansas City, Missouri, by the Black Archives of Mid-America.  Click here to read more.

Jessica Lynn McCallop-McClellan is an inspirational speaker, (Jessica Lynn Speaks Life), She’s been an impactful keynote speaker at many women’s events and inspirational movements. She is also the Founder and President of 501c3, nonprofit organization, Giving Hope & Help Inc, founded in 2013. One of her purposes is to speak for the voiceless and inspire others to find their voice and use it for change. She is a “Voice for the Voiceless”, survivor and advocate for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, education and cancer support advocate, humanitarian, philanthropist, voice for equality and justice/Founder and Administrator of the Black, Brown and White UNITE for CHANGE Facebook Group, as well as the radio/internet talk show host of Jessica Lynn Speaks Life, on KUAW Radio Station and Co-host for radio talk show: Sister Circle Prayer Warriors on Gospel 1590AM.

Jessica has been featured in media, podcasts, magazines, and television many times for the difference and impact she and the organization are making in the community and across the globe.

She is a 1st generation graduate from HBCU- Southern University and A&M College – Baton Rouge, LA, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing. She also holds a Master of Science in Business Management (MSM) from Baker University – Baldwin City, KS. Jessica has over twenty-nine years of sales and management experience including ten years of pharmaceutical and medical sales experience. She is an Independent Corporate Trainer/Facilitator; a member of Sister’s Circle-GKC, Sister’s in the Spirit Leadership Team, 100+Women Who Care KC, a member of InnovateHer KC, a member of the Southern University And A&M College Alumni Federation, an INROADS Kansas City Inc. Alumna and faithful member of her church. Jessica resides in Kansas City, Missouri with her husband of 25 years. She loves spending time with her husband, adult children, two grandsons and family.

Jessica’s mantra is: “I LIVE TO GIVE.”

Jessica has received several prestigious awards and recognitions for her philanthropic work, humanitarianism, and leadership in the community and with Giving Hope & Help Inc., (GH&H).

Noted are a few received:

  • Nov. 2022, Courageous Leadership Award – National Congress of Black Women Inc. Kansas City
  • Sept. 2022, Purple Ribbon Winner –Survivor of the Year, International recognition from Domestic Shelters.org
  • Sept. 2022, Purple Ribbon Winner –Giving Hope & Help, Community Service Org. of the Year International recognition from Domestic Shelters.org
  • July 2022, Received a Proclamation from Missouri Senator Barbara Anne Washington for Domestic Violence Advocacy, and community service
  • May/June 2022 Issue, Featured in Huami Magazine
  • April 2022, Hope House Everyday Hero “Champion in Collaboration” Award
  • March 2022, 400 Years of African American History Commission (400 YAAHC) STRONGER THAN National Campaign Kansas City Participant
  • March 2022, The Independent Magazine: Trailblazers KC Women signature issue
  • December 2021, Helping Hands GH&H Feature in HERLIFE Magazine
  • November 2021, Best KC Humanitarian Finalist- The Pitch Magazine
  • October 2021, Friends of Yates, “Clyde E. Townsend/Rosalyn Brown Dedicated Service Award” for outstanding service and support to victims/survivors of domestic violence.
  • August 2021, Giving Hope & Help-Kansas City People’s Choice Awards – Best Community Organization
  • August 2021, Kansas City Royals/Kauffman Stadium Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat Honoree
  • June 2021, Nefertiti Award Honoree from The Greater Kansas City Societas Docta Inc.
  • March 2021, Featured on the cover of the Independent Magazine
  • February 2021, The Hadley Project Three year-Grant Recipient
  • February 2021, received a Proclamation declaring February 23, 2021, McCallop Family Day, from Shawnee, Kansas- Mayor, Michelle Ditz, for the contributions and service of R.L. McCallop and McCallop Family – Jessica’s Great-Grandfather, founder of the R.L. McCallop Bus Company, the first African American Bus Co. in Shawnee to transport blacks to schools from Johnson County to Wyandotte County. The family legacy: from slavery to school buses to scholarships and continued community service to all.
  • October 2020, received a Resolution from the City of KCMO/Mayor Quinton Lucas, in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the support Giving Hope & Help grants to Domestic Violence Shelters to end domestic violence and period poverty
  • 2020 Connections to Success Community Service Honoree
  • 2020 Lillian James Creative 50K Giveaway-Winner of 10k for GH&H Marketing Services
  • 2019 100+ Women Who Care KC Grant Recipient
  • 2019 The iChange Nations Community Ambassador Award
  • 2019 Honored as the 1st Kansas City Mom of the Year by Magic 107.3 Radio Station.
  • 2019 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. – Women of Courage Award Recipient
  • 2018 Women of Distinction of Jackson County Honoree
  • 2018 TWELVE Magazine Cover Story
  • 2017 LIFT HER UP Honoree
  • 2014 $10,000 Grand Prize Winner of the Be Your Possible Essay Contest sponsored by Barclaycard MasterCard. Total Winnings $12,500




2 Corinthians 9:7d-8 New International Readers Version

Vs. 7d-God loves a cheerful giver. Vs. 8-And God is able to shower all kinds of

blessings on you. In all things and at all times you will have everything you

need. You will do more and more good works. 

Matthew 25:40 New International Version 

The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”