The African American story of history and culture in our community.
Since 2010, the Local Investment Commission, Kansas City Public Library, and Black Archives of Mid-America have created annual booklets, posters, and calendars celebrating Black history in Kansas City. The more than 70 biographies of Black Kansas Citians featured in the publications, as well as additional essays, lesson plans, and other resources, are found on this site.
The aim of KC Black History is to serve as an education resource for learning about Kansas City’s African American community by highlighting the contributions of those who left an indelible mark and shaped our city and nation.
This ongoing project would not be possible without the help of numerous community partners who have provided images and other content for the Black history publications.
- Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center
- Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area
- Jackson County Historical Society
- Johnson County Museum
- Kansas City Call
- Kansas City Museum
- Kansas Historical Society
- Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries
- LaBudde Special Collections – UMKC Libraries
- Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
- State Historical Society of Missouri