A confirmed bachelor, Richard Morado started out in life by joining the Navy on September 1, 1972, boot camp training at Great Lakes, IL, two weeks training for a Ship’s Serviceman in Memphis, TN, then two weeks home leave before he caught an air-craft carrier in San Diego, CA headed the wide-open sea.
Richard says it wasn’t too bad being out on the water. The longest they were out at sea was 45 days. Those went by fast, escecially when busy. They visited ports in the Phillipine Islands, Japan’s Hong Kong, Singapore and a quick trip to Australia.
Richard left the Navy on September 1, 1975 returning home, where he used his G.I. Bill to work for an Associate’s Degree from Penn Valley College and his Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Rockhurst College doing what a lot of us have had to do, attend a lot of night school.
I got involved with many organizations thourgh my dad, Mike Morado who was very active in the Hispanic Community. He taught me how to listen to what people have to say and to always have an open mind. He said volunteering was a great way to help/meet people and they will always remember any assistance you gave them.
Morado became an active member of the community belonging to several organizations including IMAGE, LULAC, American G.I. Forum, MANA, and COHO: Civil RightsCommitte. Additionally, Richard volunteers at Bridging The Gap, a recycling center, once a month. He was very honored to be recongized by the Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce in 2006 with the Carlos Cortez Humanitarian of The Year Award.
Richard tries to help wherever he can to ensure that people are treated fairly and respectfully. He points out that even in this era when public assumption is that the abusive and overt display of bigotry seen 40 years ago, is a thing of the past, it still goes on in more covert actions that can be easily shielded under other policies, even here in Kansas City. Although time has shown progress in eliminating the these atrocities of bigotry, it’s still out there.
Whether you are a CEO in a large corporation or the regular employee trying to earn a living, we all need to work at helping each other no matter race, income level, health, religion or other typical stands used to hold others down.