Black History Month

Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, is a national celebration that recognizes the accomplishments of Black Americans throughout history. Locally, this celebration recognizes the countless Black individuals and groups who shaped KC’s cultural institutions, from chronicling their participation in the Great War to the founding of the Negro National League in 1920.

Past, present and future, the African American community is vital to Kansas City’s story. Below is list of special celebrations in February and ongoing exhibits that commemorate KC’s rich Black history.

Introduction from Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II

Black history is American history. It is baked into the foundation of our country so thoroughly that it is impossible to escape its influence today. The vast number of accomplishments Black Americans have contributed to our society may be too great to be appreciated for only a month, but it is important that we use the month of February to keep the legacies of those who came before us alive and well…

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Portrait of Emanuel Cleaver

There is No Kansas City Without Black Kansas City

Douglass School

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.