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Celebrating African American History and Culture in Our Community

There is no Kansas City without Black Kansas City

African American educators, activists, entrepreneurs, entertainers, athletes, and many others built a vibrant community that shaped the city and – and by extension, the nation. For the past 11 years, the Local Investment Commission (LINC), Kansas City Public Library, and Black Archives of Mid-America have annually celebrated this underappreciated history in poster sets, booklets, and calendars highlighting the history of Black excellence in the city and region.

Our Publication Today

In 2021, in association with Missouri’s Bicentennial, a commemorative publication is being made available that spotlights the contributions of more than 70 Black Kansas Citians. It includes previously published biographies, as well as new honorees and remarks by Black leaders in our community today.

Looking Towards the Future

Beyond 2021, this site will continue to serve as an education and information resource for learning about African American history in Kansas City through the publication of new biographies, essays, and lesson plans.

I Sing Their Names

Written and performed by Glenn North, Executive Director of the Bruce R Watkins Cultural Heritage Center and Poet Laureate of the 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District.

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Kansas City Black History

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