Do you have a Black History Month Event to add from around Kansas or Kansas City? Send us info at / updated 2-7-20


Sun., Feb. 09

African Americans & the Vote

3:30 p.m., Free

Museums at 18th & Vine – 1616 East 18th

The scheduled program will feature a discussion between Mayor Carson Ross, Blue Springs, MO, and former Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James, Kansas City, MO; moderated by Michelle Tyrene Johnson from KCUR Public Radio. Refreshments will be served, so RSVP is strongly encouraged through Eventbrite.

Tues., Feb. 18

“True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality” Documentary

6 p.m., Free (Registration Requested)

National Archives at Kansas City – 400 W. Pershing Road

“True Justice” explores the life and most memorable cases of Stevenson, an Alabama public interest lawyer, advocate for incarcerated people and founder/executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, where he continues his decades-long effort to eradicate racial discrimination in the criminal justice system. Request reservation or (816) 268-8010.

Sat., Feb. 22

Buffalo Soldiers

1 p.m., Free

National Frontier Trails Museum – 318 W. Pacific. Independence, MO.

A fascinating program on the Buffalo Soldiers.

Mon., Feb. 24

Annual Fundraising Breakfast for Banneker School

7:30 a.m., $35/person

Park Distance Learning Conference Center – Park University, 8700 NW River Park Dr.

The event will include an update related to the restoration and fundraising efforts of the historic one-room structure, located at 31 W. 8th Street in Parkville, built in 1885 to educate children of color.

Mon., Feb. 24

Park University’s 19th Annual Spencer Cave Black History Month Lecture

7 p.m., Free (Registration Requested)

Jenkin and Barbara David Theater inside Alumni Hall – Park University 8700 NW River Park Dr.

Langston Hughes – The Crisis Magazine and the Harlem Renaissance,” will be presented by Shawn Alexander, Ph.D., professor of African and African-American studies and director of the Langston Hughes Center at the University of Kansas. Request registration at


Sun., Feb. 09

“The Great White Hoax” Screening

3 p.m., Free

Krehbiel Auditorium – Bethel College

A 2018 documentary featuring a widely acclaimed anti-racist educator is the third offering in the 2019-20 KIPCOR Film Series. Wichita native, long-time journalist, and former director of The Kansas African American Museum Mark McCormick will lead the talk-back session following the 72-minute film.


Sat., Feb. 29

Setting the Stage Black History Program: The Moving History of African American Dance

6 p.m., $10/adult, $5/students

Georgia Neese Gray Theatre, Garvey Fine Arts Center – Washburn University, 17th and Jewell

This special performance is a fundraiser for the Washburn KCFAA AileyCamp Summer Internship. Your support will provide a summer internship for Washburn University Theatre students at AileyCamp Kansas.


Thurs., Feb. 13

Anthony Hinton: WSU Diversity Lecture Series Black History Month Keynote

6:30 p.m., Free But Ticket Required – Register at

Wichita State University – CAC Theater, sponsored by WSU Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Hinton spent 30 years on Alabama’s death row for a crime he didn’t commit, was released in 2015 and now works for the Equal Justice Initiative.

Sat., Feb. 22

Council of Elders: Community Wide Engagement and sign up for March Emotional Emancipation Circles

2 – 5 p.m., Free

Atwater Neighborhood Resource Center – 2755 E 19th St. N

This Elders’ EEC initiative is a response to the lasting effects of over 400 years of enslavement of those of African descent and the racial divisiveness rising in our urban, rural, and suburban communities today. The EE Circle is designed to help Kansans of African ancestry heal from, and extinguish, the toxic idea that Black people are inferior, to help ensure the best quality of life for every member of our community.

Sun., Feb. 23 – EEC Facilitators Mixer

3 – 6 p.m., Free – RSVP – Limited Space

Jenny Dawn Cellars – 703 E Douglas #180

With Jenny Dawn Cellars Wine and Cheese Cultural Allies.

KPTS TV Programming

Mon., Feb. 24

8 p.m.

Independent Lens – Always in Season

A grieving mother embarks on a quest for racial justice after her teenage son’s suspicious death.

Tues., Feb. 25

8 p.m.

American Masters: Miles Davis Birth of the Cool

With access to the Miles Davis Estate, this film features rare footage, including studio outtakes from his recording sessions, rare photos and new interviews. Quincy Jones, Carlos Santana, Clive Davis are just a few of the luminaries weighing in on the life and career of this cultural icon.

Sat., Feb. 29

3:30 p.m.

Chuck Berry: Brown-Eyed Handsome Man

Celebrate the father of rock ’n’ roll with legendary artists including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix, Tom Petty, Linda Ronstadt, Jeff Lynne and more performing favorite songs by their self-proclaimed hero.

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