Dear White People: The Racism Monologues Set to Music

Whether we identify as black, Latino, Asian, Native American or white, we have all been profoundly impacted by the concept of race in America. The historical and contemporary manifestations of racial conflict in this country have made conversations concerning the issue of race painful and extremely complex so it is often times altogether avoided, even at our own peril. However, recent events in our nation compel us all to take a long, hard look in the mirror, and decide what kind of future we ALL want to have - for ourselves and our children.

Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 2:00pm

An Evening with Alfredo Lopez

The Black Archives of Mid-America will partner with the Cross-Border Network for Justice and Solidarity to host an evening with one of the African diaspora’s most outspoken human rights defenders, Alfredo Lopez. The Cross Border Network is a grassroots organization based in Kansas City which recognizes the common interests of working people in North America and builds ties for common action among them. Mr.

Sunday, October 4, 2015 - 4:30pm

Leonard Pitts Jr. Book Reading and Signing

The Black Archives of Mid-America in conjunction with the Kansas City Public Library and Rainy Day Books present Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist and author, Leonard Pitts Jr. who will discuss his powerful new novel, Grant Park. Grant Park is an audacious and eloquent take on politics, race, and recent U.S. history, and yet another demonstration that Pitts, beyond his identity as one of America’s most celebrated columnists, has emerged as an important voice in contemporary American fiction.

Friday, October 16, 2015 - 6:00pm

Preserving Photographs and Works on Paper Facilitated by Deborah Dandridge and Mark Stevenson

Don’t miss the exciting opportunity to learn from two of the region’s most highly celebrated museum industry professionals. This information session will serve to help collectors, enthusiasts, and all other attendees better understand how to protect and preserve their personal photographs, and rare or historically significant documents. Deborah Dandridge is the University of Kansas Spencer Library Research Field Archivist and the Curator of the African American Experience Collection and Kansas Collection.

Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 1:00pm

Amistad Movie Screening

Since its release nearly twenty years ago, there are still many who have not seen the Oscar nominated film, Amistad. Amistad is a 1997 historical film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the true story of the 1839 mutiny aboard the slave ship La Amistad, during which Mende tribesmen abducted for the slave trade managed to gain control of their captors' ship off the coast of Cuba, and the international legal battle that followed their capture.

Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 2:00pm