With policing reform, legalization of medical marijuana, and diversity and inclusion – just to name a few – on the agenda for Kansas’ 2023 legislative session, Black leaders across the state gathered on Feb. 14 for Kansas Black Legislative Day at the Kansas Capitol.

The annual event extends an open invitation to anyone interested in issues that affect African Americans in Kansas to the capitol for an opportunity to grow their understanding of the issues and to advocate for or against legislation that may have a positive or negative impact on the state’s Black community. 

The event, which took over the capitol rotunda, included presentations by Gov. Laura Kelly, KCK Mayor Tyrone Garner, and a rousing keynote presentation by Wyandotte County District Attorney Mark Dupree, among others.  

Kansas Black Legislative Day is a collaborative project of the Kansas State Branches of the NAACP, Kansas Black Legislative Caucus, the Kansas African American Affairs Commission, and the Kansas Black Leadership Council.