Nearly 250 guests are expected to celebrate with the National Congress of Black Women Kansas City Chapter (NCBWKC) at their 9th annual gala on Sat. Nov. 12, at the Marriott Country Club Plaza, 4445 Main St., KCMO, from 6 to 11 p.m. 

The NCBWKC is a 501(c3) nonprofit civic membership driven organization that socially and politically uplifts Black women in surrounding areas like Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska. 

Dr. DeAngela Burns-Wallace, secretary of the Kansas Department of Administration, will be the opening speaker and Mayor Quinton Lucas will deliver the keynote

Sylvya Stevenson, president and founder of the Kansas City chapter, said the organization is for any woman from all walks of life at an affordable price.

“Whether or not you have a title behind your name, we want to introduce you to serving the community and doing so professionally behind a professional lens.” 

Ten scholarships will be awarded at the event.  

Qualifications to receive a scholarship include:

  • High school student, graduating senior, or working adult
  • If enrolled in college, must be a full time student
  • Must have a 2.5 gpa
  • If a non-traditional student, must be 24 years or older
  • Must be a Wyandotte County or Johnson County resident

Stevenson said their annual event will have a new twist this year with up to 12 vendors, ranging from art, jewelry. and fashion, provided an opportunity to network and gain recognition. 

Individuals can enjoy one complimentary cocktail during the reception or dinner.  Music will be provided by DJ Q, a co-host of “The W Show KC”. 

Stevenson believes guests will feel acknowledged and appreciated at the gala.

“They’re gonna feel alive in the moment knowing there’s truly a movement going on surrounding Black women’s worth, and what we contribute to America, our families, our community, and as a national community,” she said.

The NCBWKC is also holding a contest for an opportunity to win a few gala tickets.  Follow the link to learn more:

To purchase tickets, go here:


Simone Garza was a reporter in our Kansas City office. In addition to general reporting on Kansas City’s African-American community, she reports on economic inclusion for the African American community....