Kansas City Black History

There is no Kansas City without Black Kansas City. African American educators, activists, entrepreneurs, entertainers, and athletes built a vibrant community that shaped the city and the nation. For the past 12 years, the Local Investment Commission, Kansas City Public Library, and Black Archives of Mid-America have celebrated this underappreciated history in annually published poster sets, booklets, and calendars that highlight the history of Black excellence in the metro. To commemorate Missouri’s bicentennial year, the 2021 Kansas City Black History project features a special edition publication with more than 50 biographies of notable Black citizens and a collection of essays on the African American experience in Kansas City. Print and electronic versions of the publication will be freely available to the public. Additional content – including lesson plans and other educational resources – will appear in early 2021 on a new website: kcblackhistory.org.