Learn More About the Black History in Kansas City
Are you looking for ways to celebrate Black History Month with your family and learn more about the legacy of the African American community in Kansas City? Check out these organizations and events right here in our town.
"The 2020 edition of Kansas City Black History brings together six stories worthy of our remembrance: a doctor who helped establish hospitals to serve his community, a lecturer and suffragist who fought to extend voting rights to all, a jazz band leader who spread the Kansas City sound far and wide, a firefighter who rose to the very top of his department, a baseball legend who played his way into the sport’s hall of fame, and a former slave who found a way to serve in the U.S. Cavalry despite being a woman."
You can download the posters and booklet to print on your own or pick up copies at the Kansas City Public Library, Black Archives of Mid-America and LINC Main Office. Read and share the stories with your children to learn about and honor some incredible members of the Kansas City community.
Learn more about each person featured in the printables online.
Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas will speak at the UMKC Pierson Auditorium for the annual Black History Month luncheon organized by the Black Archives of Mid-America Saturday, Feb. 15, at 11:30 a.m.
"Inspired by Gordon Parks’ varied talents, KCFAA’s Chief Artistic Director Tyrone Aiken presents a new mixed media production highlighting Parks’ photographs of Muhammad Ali and performative excerpts from Parks’ 1990 ballet composition, Martin. Reflecting on black identity, faith, and the fight for human rights, acceptance, and equality during a pivotal time during United States’ history, KCFAA presents a powerful and immersive experience not to be missed."
The performance will be at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m.
"Join us as we celebrate Black History month by hosting a Wiki Edit-a-Thon! In this interactive session you’ll learn about Wikipedia, the anatomy of a Wiki article and how to contribute to this free online encyclopedia. Learn about the importance of developing a diverse group of Wikipedia editors and how this impacts who is written about and why. In our Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon we’ll focus on documenting the rich artistic heritage of Kansas City’s African American artists by creating, editing and improving Wikipedia articles on this topic. To participate in this session you don’t need specialized knowledge of Kansas City’s African American artists or of Wikipedia."
This interactive session will be held the Spencer Art Reference Library Feb. 22, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
"Celebrating Kansas City’s Black History, join us for a special presentation by local historian Geri Sanders, as she goes back in time to share the fascinating history of how the African American community pioneered a medical legacy. In addition, learn about the city’s new initiative, the African American Heritage Trail, which seeks to chronicle Kansas City’s rich and longstanding African American heritage."
The talk will be held at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Feb. 29 at 1:30 p.m.
"The Black Archives of Mid-America needs your support to fulfill its mission by continuing to present the remembrance, reflections, experiences, and historical contributions of African Americans and to encourage everyone to have a deeper appreciation of this region's history while preserving the legacy for future generations."